My second outing with Jericho Crewe one month after he captivated me in Long Shadows and I’m a fair way down the road to being addicted to his coming home- style suspense story. Okay his story, Wade’s, Nikki’s, and the sheriff’s.
As I said, this installment, Embers, is book two of the Common Law series that read like serial installments in a romantic suspense story about a hero who was an LA detective and a Marine before that when he is called home to the small town in Montana where he grew up to set his deceased father’s affairs in order. Since his dad lived on the shady side of the law, this is not easy and involves a surprise. His dad had a wife and two kids- Jericho’s young half sister and brother. The return home brings him back between two friends who pull him in two different directs just as they always did and then there are the Feds who rile up Jericho with their prods at him and lack of interest in solving what he sees as the disturbing and dangerous elements of his dad’s case.
Embers, which really should be read after Long Shadows for optimal enjoyment and understanding, picks up right where book one left off. Surprising developments occur and now Jericho is working for Kayla in the county sheriff’s department. A fire bombing, murders, smuggling, and a local biker club on the prowl have things more than stirred up, but Jericho still is inclined to divide his attention to ponder his old flame, Wade, who is always several steps ahead of him.
This second installment was just as engaging and exciting as book one except now it was quite evident that there is more going on than was at first thought. I enjoyed the sensation of being settled into Jericho’s life and observing him dig through all the confusing and conflicting clues while predators move nearby in the shadows.
Jericho is so cut and dry that he struggles when all those around him- law enforcement and others- know more about what is going on than he does as he struggles to do the right thing by everyone. And these everyones are all shades of gray types that leave the reader uneasy and yet intrigued because they may or may not help or harm Jericho as he sifts through evidence.
In Embers, as the reader, I felt there were reveals, but still so much more to come. I like how the author is pacing out this series and keeping the reader right there in the thick of things. The friendship between Jericho and Kayla is really tested, but the more interesting wary relationship between Jericho and Wade is what really has me fixated.
All in all, I am left in an addicted state needing my next Jericho Crewe series installment. I can whole-heartedly recommend this slow-burn m/m romantic suspense series.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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