Title: Long Shadows
Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Reviewer: Annie Tate
Release Date: 1/2/2017
Genre(s): M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 184
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
“LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.
Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.
When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.”
Review: Compelling start to series
Long Shadows hooked me right from the start; I found myself reading at every available moment and into the wee hours of Christmas Eve. This is the first in the Common Law series, which appears to be set up like a TV miniseries. There is a smaller plot contained and resolved within the novella, as well as a few different storylines that likely stretch out over multiple books. The pace was brisk, but never rushed. I enjoyed the way the law enforcement and suspense element wove into the story. It was a page turner, providing enough information that I didn’t feel shorted out of any details but never getting hung up on excessive details.
The main character immediately got my attention with his snarky comments that revealed an undercurrent of emotion he tries to hide. I appreciated how much background we got on Jericho throughout the novella, and I ended feeling like I had a good understanding of his character and motivations. Jericho’s guarded and sarcastic side comes across with his inner thoughts as well as within the dialogue, almost like internal banter, making the book fun to read. The author does a great job using the dialogue to demonstrate the relationships Jericho had with the secondary characters rather than just relaying a summary of the past. The way the characters and Jericho’s history with the town was introduced peaked my interest in the series as well as the secondary characters, and I’m intrigued to see how all the different players come together in Jericho’s return to Mosely. There wasn’t much romance per say in this book, but Miss Sherwood sets the scene for a continued romantic interest with his childhood friend and crush, Wade. I liked that there was a lot of build to their relationship and they weren’t rushed together unnaturally just to provide some steam. It gave the author a chance to establish chemistry and guaranteed I’ll be reading the next novella in the series to see how things progress. If you are looking for a new series or are a fan of law enforcement romances, I definitely recommend giving this book a try.
Review Copy of Long Shadows provided by Riptide Publishing for an honest review.