Title: Crashing Waves
Author: C. J. Blaty
Series: The Mysteries of the Warfield Hotel #2
Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
Release Date: 9/16/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out, M/M Erotica, Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 199
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Justin Warfield ran away to Italy to put the events of last summer and a certain dark-haired private eye behind him, to no avail. If anything, he can’t help but rehash what happened over and over. When he finally returns to South Carolina, the hotel he runs with his brother has suffered a series of incidents that are starting to look less accidental after a death threat is received.
Not satisfied that Moses Lee and his local police will find the culprit, Peter Warfield calls in the services of his good friend Marcus Drummond to help. Marcus is torn. He wants to help his friend, but he also knows that if Justin has moved on after their failed flirtation last summer, he will be devastated.
Tensions mount as danger seems to follow them at every turn, stalking them as they get closer to solving the mystery of who is behind the sabotage of the hotel.
I really enjoyed a return to favorite characters set in the ambiance of a southern beachside resort called the Warfield Hotel. This is C. J. Blaty’s latest installment in her Deep South series of murder mysteries. This book is replete with stories of long awaited love, consuming sensuality and steamy mysteries.
The story takes place in a southern beach style resort near in a small town. And as with most truly enjoyable stories about southern culture, the drama continues with a great reveal of dysfunctional family values punctuated by heroes and dystopic villains – like the local police chief.
What I enjoyed most about this story is that it continued its portrayals of emotions common to relationships burdened with “isms” and cultural bigotry. This newest installment brought some resolution to unresolved conflicts presented in the first of the series. Yet this writing left the reader with a burgeoning mystery lurking and waiting for resolution within the pages of the next installment.
The main character rediscovers a love he thought loss amid the turmoil of unexplained catastrophes threatening his family business – The Warfield Hotel. The beachside resort’s numerous dramas weaves tales of complicated loves and old south “isms” that recreate old memories, only with stronger sensual twists.
This newest installment finds main character Justin Warfield struggling with a newly outed life. His brave declaration of being gay has not changed the affection of his immediate circle of close friends and employees – but it seems to have embolden an unknown enemy bent on wrecking his life and destroying the family hotel.
Justin Warfield’s life finally comes crashing down around him. He and his lover discover where the hate lies in a suspenseful and dramatic ending, which can only happen in the Deep South.
Justin Warfield is the blonde handsome older brother co-owner of the family business the Warfield Hotel. An outed gay he rediscovers his love of a lifetime.
Peter Warfield is the younger brother. A happy soul that lights up his world while becoming his brother’s best friend and partner in the family business – The Warfield Hotel
Marcus Drummond is the striking dark haired lover return to take his place once again in the lives of the Warfield brothers. An Atlanta private detective he returns to serve and protect.
Police Chief Moses Lee serves as the villain you love to hate. No murder mystery is complete without the ugly and the bad. The chief serves both descriptions well. He is the apex of all that is wrong.
Truly strong characterizations and dialogue held few distractions. I gobbled the story in one day. The flow of the book was good with only a few needful transition edits.
Skill in superb creative storytelling enhances this work by C. J. Blaty. This labor was mouthwatering and left me craving more stories. The author offered a soft but suspenseful landing to resolution of the existing cliffhanger. Yet there was the threat of another lurking in the book’s close, offering the promise of another installment. I would recommend this as a good read.
I really enjoy this author’s labors in creating a believable sensual steamy adventure at a summer getaway.