Monday, February 6, 2017

Embers by Kate Sherwood

Title: Embers
Author: Kate Sherwood
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Common Law #2
Main Characters: Jericho and Wade
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

My Review:
This is a series where you need to read all the books. This is the second book out of the 4 book series and I liked it even more than the first as it settles into the story a little bit more and delves a little deeper into exactly what Jericho has stepped into by moving back to his small hometown. The story is definitely a slow build...not much in the way of romance although this book picked it up some. 

Jericho escaped his hometown. It was a place where he was going to sink into poverty and crime and he couldn't accept that so he left...and begged Wade to go with him. They'd been everything to one another, but Wade wouldn't go. Now Wade is a criminal and Jericho is a policeman. And now Wade is a policeman trying to enforce the law in Wade's town, but despite their very real differences between them, that chemistry that was always there is still there. Now, though, Jericho is trying to resist it, resist Wade. He can't get sucked into the vortex of Wade's life, because then Jericho will lose touch with all that he is...namely a police officer who has the responsibility for upholding the law and making sure that everyone else does too. 

So, yeah...there's a bit of conflict to this story, but it's delicious, suspense-filled conflict. Although there's not much truly happening on the page sexually between the two men, the chemistry is there in every interaction between them. As the reader, I could feel it building and pulsing just under the surface. I love that sort of slow burn and sizzle. 

There's so much history between these two men. Once upon a time they were EVERYTHING to one another. That doesn't just disappear, no matter what else has changed. 

But that's not all that's happening in this story. This small town is on the edge of the Canadian border so it's a hotbed for criminal trade across the border. Wade is involved, as are several other criminal factions. They've garnered the attention of several federal alphabet agencies which creates some other conflict to the story. And then there is the push and pull between Kayla (the sheriff and Jericho's boss) and Jericho. She convinced him to come here and work for her, giving up his LA job, but in this book that's all threatened...and there are so  many other little threads and storylines beginning to weave in and out. I love stories like this. I love a man in uniform and the various story lines are creating a complicated web that it will be interesting to see eventually unravel. I am definitely enjoying the series, although the romance aspect through this second books has stayed extremely light and almost nonexistent. It's building and I can't wait to see what happens when it all explodes. 

And then those last few paragraphs...ah...I can't wait to read more. I really am loving getting to know these two guys. 

Bring on book #3...

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

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