Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law, #3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Mystery
Page Count: 189
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.
It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.
Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?
Darkness is book 3 in Kate Sherwood’s Serial style new series Common Law this series must be read in order and each book builds on the previous installment.
If, I had to sum up this installment of the series with one word it would be, “connection.” You see it is in this book that many connections are made, different people in the story, different backgrounds, different ways of thinking.
We come back to Mosely Montana, which by the way has become the utter perfect setting for this cast of characters, and we are back with Jericho Crewe and Wade Granger our MC along with a slew of secondary characters that make this story thrive. As you remember from reading the previous books, Jericho “Jay” Crew is the Under-Sheriff of Mosely, a new job after coming back to his hometown when he was notified his Dad died, and Wade Granger is Jay’s past along with the town Godfather of sorts – nothing happens in Mosely Montana – Legal or Illegal- that Wade isn’t either directly involved with, in charge of, agreed to, coordinated, manipulated, or has allowed to happen with some subtle maneuvers. That’s right…he is the man of Mosely. He is a local. He is smart. He is conniving. He is someone people “trust” to get the job done, regardless of him doing it legally or illegally. Wade is a man who sticks to his word and Never says something he doesn’t mean and hasn’t thought out the repercussions of action, ten steps ahead. Take all of that and he is opposite of everything the Under-Sherrif has sworn to uphold and protect…yet, he is the very man that Jay can’t stay away from and comes to depend on more and more…he is the man, Jay is falling in love with…again. These two men have an unresolved sexual attraction that adds its own brand of sexual tension to the story – it makes each encounter between the two full of an underlying unresolved pressure that wears on their encounters. The attraction between these two is palpable as you read the story.
Throughout this story I found myself on the edge of my seat, watching the community interact with each other, watching Jay and Wade’s relationship evolve, trying to figure out the mystery of the crime that was central to the plot and development of our story – and of course, watching Jay realize that not everything can fit into perfect categories of “right or wrong” but there are shades of gray everywhere and he has to make a choice if he is going to delve into those gray areas or just let them be and focus on the bigger picture.
Some issues with this series – small issues for me, as you can see I still rated the book 5 stars:
- The sex – or lack thereof – this is a fade-to-black series. If that annoys you and you are one who must have on page sex scenes then this book might not be for you.
- Lack of Wade’s POV – I really, I mean REALLY wanted to get inside his head. I am sure his mind is one of those places that once you go there you may never return.
Overall, these issues did not take away my enjoyment of the story and I am totally loving this series. I recommend this book/series to all who love to read romance stories with some twists and turns.
5 Stars –
Review Copy of Darkness provided by Riptide Publishing for an honest Review.