Title: Drifting Sands
Author: C.J. Blaty
Series: Warfield Hotel Mysteries #1
Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
Release Date: 06-07-2015
Genre(s): M/M Coming Out, M/M Erotica, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 194
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time.
Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend.
Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.
The flow of the book was spot on. I really enjoyed the ambiance created in a southern beachside resort because I’m a transplant living in Georgia. There is always room for a Deep South murder mystery, especially one consumed by unrequited love and steamy mysteries.
The story takes place in southern beach resort near in a small town. And as with most truly enjoyable stories about southern culture, it is replete with the drama of family relationships and the dynamics of dysfunctional marriages. In this case, it is the unfortunate interference of parents in the lives of their children. In this case, it is the main character who leads a lifetime denied love.
What I enjoyed most about this story is that it portrayed the emotions common to any new relationship burdened with “isms” and cultural bigotry. But the tale housed many moments of sensual suspense, which makes this a good read.
The handsome lonely character finds himself confronted by the sudden discovery of dead bodies of secret men from his past mysteriously occurring near his hotel. And then comes the complication of discovering a new love for his younger brother’s best friend.
Everyone is suspect. But Justin Warfield’s growing sexual hunger and fear is almost overwhelming. All of this plays out in true-to-life scenes reminiscent of old plays about Southern comfort and a hotel filled with guests coupled with life threatening conflicts.
Justin Warfield is the handsome unhappy co-owner of the Warfield Hotel. He is a closet gay yearning to be set free from a contrived marriage.
Peter Warfield is the younger brother. A happy soul that lights up his world and returns home to assist in the family business – The Warfield Hotel
Marcus Drummond is the love interest and best friend come to visit. A private detective he has held a secret love for the older brother since childhood.
Caroline Warfield serves as the beautiful southern belle, unwanted and emotionally disturbed wife. She unwittingly becomes the victim of old family secrets and an unwanted marriage.
Good editing helped with the pace and flow of storyline. Truly strong characterizations and dialogue held few distractions. I gobbled the story in one day.
Skill in superb creative storytelling enhances this work by C. J. Blaty. This labor was mouthwatering and left me craving more stories. Unfortunately, the reader will have to wait for resolution because the story ends with a cliffhanger. I would recommend this as a good read.
The author’s labors in creating a believable adventure at a summer getaway succeeded.