Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law #3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 3/6/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 189
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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?
More insight and a crisis of conscience
Darkness employs roughly the same format as the previous two books in the Common Law series. A single crime investigation drives the bulk of the plot, while the unresolved conflicts from the past books continue their arc. Darkness thrusts the reader immediately into the action and the pace never slows throughout the course of the book. I found this more reminiscent of the first novella. It drew me in and kept my attention fixated on the story.
The crime itself was interesting and was different than those in the last two books. There’s no chance of monotony in this series, especially within the law enforcement and investigation aspects. Previously unknown connections are revealed and unexpected alliances formed. The third book also exposes more depth in the primary and secondary characters, drawing me further into the story. I really liked how the relationship between Wade and Jericho developed in Darkness. Their slow-burn, second chance romance arcs across the series, but enough progression happens in each novella that I am never left frustrated. I’ll admit I was disappointed with the fade to black scene given how long feelings have simmered between these two. I prepared for fireworks, only to have it rained out.
Once again the writing is fluid and reads very quickly. The dialogue felt more comfortable in this book and the banter further exposed Jericho’s witty, sardonic outlook. Darkness examined additional aspects of police work and the effects on Jericho and others on the force. It specifically addressed law enforcement within a small town and how the residents’ connections and histories with one another adds gray areas to policing. These tensions culminate in a crisis of conscience for Jericho, creating an exciting development in the storyline.
I’m really loving this series. I enjoy how each book feels complete in and of itself, yet the plotlines connecting the novellas keep me invested. The chemistry and tension continues to crackle between Wade and Jericho, and I’m eager to see how that progresses in the final book. Up until this point, the relationship was the main driving force in this series for me. However, after Darkness, I find myself drawn to Jericho as an individual character. I really liked that he continues to develop throughout the series, and am interested in how it will all turn out for him.