Coming home to the mountains of Montana was never in Jericho Crewe’s plans. He left behind his abusing, petty criminal of a father and the dead-end prospects of his home town for the military and later a career as a cop which was the final straw for old Eli Crewe disowning his son. Now, Eli’s been murdered, Jericho discovers he has a step-mom and a little sister and brother, and someone is after something that Eli had. Suspicion points to Eli’s occasional shady business partner, Wade Granger.
Jericho is determined to make his newly-found family safe and then get back to LA as quickly as he can. However, the local sheriff, the feds, and even his own cop sense makes him realize he must stick it out until the situation is resolved because that is the only thing that will bring safety. And if it brings him once again into contact with an old high-school flame who lives on both sides of the law?
I listened to a fantasy romance by this author earlier in the year and loved her writing style, characters, and plotting. I figured all that would be true of a small town contemporary romantic suspense, too, so I was eager to pick this one up. Long Shadows is not meant to standalone. It introduces the characters, the set up, and the first leg of a deeper suspense and romance. There is a resolution to the main event, but also things are left wide open for the rest of the series plot to develop in book two.
Jericho is the sole narrator. I enjoyed being along with him as he came back home and was faced with his memories and childhood along with the new dangerous situation. Each encounter with the cast of characters opened up more and more about Jericho and the others.
Wade Granger was Jericho’s best friend, cohort in teenage rebellion, and first love. Jericho got out and straightened out, but Wade is still hooked into shady things. The old attraction is still there. I liked how things are left simmering and that Wade is still a mystery element to be unraveled as the series progresses.
All in all, this was a promising start. I can’t wait to see what happens next. These are novella-length, but it has a serial feel to it without the stark cliffhanger. I would recommend these for those who appreciate slow-burn m/m romantic suspense.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.