Monday, March 6, 2017

Darkness by Kate Sherwood

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

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Common Law #3
Main Characters: Jericho and Wade
Release Date: March 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
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?

My Review:
Gah, I love this series so, so much. There's just something about an author who can take an impossible situation with characters who may (Jericho) or may not (Wade) be hero material and manages to make it work. And you should know right now that this is a series that you should read in order. The four books (this is number 3) follow the same couple as they have a second chance at embracing their love. 

Wade and Jericho were high school lovers, but since then they went completely different directions in life. Jericho is a cop. Wade is a criminal. But despite their differences when Wade comes back to town, they still have incredible chemistry. The thing acting on that attraction could have devastating effects on both their lives. It's a great series...omg, talk about slow burn. I love it so, so much. 

Each book in the series features a different crime as the focus that Jericho is investigating. With Wade being so in touch with the criminal element in town, he usually comes to aid Jericho at some point. And despite their need to stay away, their relationship is growing and deepening with each book. I love that. 

I have no real clue how the author is going to conclude this all. I have ideas, but haven't figured out a way for this all to play out so that it works out for everyone. Because the stories are not just about Wade and Jericho. There's also the sheriff (Kayla?) that Jericho came back to work for. There's Jericho's half-siblings and their mother who's mixed up in all kinds of bad things. Then there's also this town where they've both grown up. They each have commitments there. I'll admit, I'm kind of biting my nails, but I can't wait to read the final installment in the series. 

It's simply been an amazing series that despite the lack of heat, has been filled with a slow burn and sexual suspense that I've loved every step of the way. I love both these characters and the flashes of vulnerabilities that each of them show throughout the series. Just so good!

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

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