Monday, February 9, 2015

Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft

Title: Trowchester Blues
Author: Alex Beecroft
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Trowchester #1
Main Characters: Michael and Finn
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.

Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.

Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.

My Review:
I enjoyed this one. The book starts with Michael on the job as a cop in London. There, he investigates kidnappings of children...which too many times have horrifying results. He's seen too many of those bad outcomes and can't do it anymore. He's at the end of his rope and is barely hanging onto his sanity. So in a mutual agreement with his commander, he quits his job and moves back to the house he inherited from his father in Trowchester. Unfortunately, this move isn't a healing one either in that his father's home hides almost as many nightmares as his job did, but he's determined to exorcise those memories. 

Finn has been in Trowchester for five years, making a new start for himself, but he's still haunted from his days on the wrong side of the law as a Fence. And now that he's getting involved with an ex-cop, that history is making a reappearance. 

The best thing about this book was the setting. Finn owns a great antiquarian bookstore which seemed like paradise in my mind's eye. Finn is serious about his love for books and that does get him in trouble in this story, but I loved his passion for them. As a fellow bibliophile, it made for a great set-up. His struggle felt real and I loved him for it. 

It's a great story with a lot of layers to the conflict which I loved. As a cop, Michael was never free to be out. He has that newfound freedom with Finn. Finn helps to settle Michael in so many ways. For the first time, things feel right even when his moral compass tells him that it's not that easy. His heart knows the truth. Finn is trying to protect himself, his heart, his future, and his livelihood...and that's not a balance which is easily achieved. There's also a side story of a teenage homeless girl which is gorgeous. I loved Sarah's story and the depth it added to the overall book. It was even better at the end when all the truths came out. 

Overall, this was a good book. I enjoyed reading it and getting to know Michael and Finn find their way to one another.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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