Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood

Long Shadows by Kate SherwoodLong Shadows by Kate Sherwood

Series: #1 Common Law
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on January 2, 2017
Pages: 184
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • that’s great to find a new series like that with a good start! I didn’t know about this one. I hope the next one will be great too!

    • Yes, I was glad to see this one, Melliane. I already requested book two for review and got it. We’ll see where it goes.

  • Oh nice. Novella length is good when I don’t feel like ready a lot.

    • I do like the versatility of reading a novella when I’m really busy or feel like reading something I can finish in a day if I want. This one seems to be a serial-style series.

  • Oh, man. I passed on this one because there just wasn’t time to read it! I’m regretting that decision. The one book I read by this author, Sacrati, I loved!

    Great review. 🙂

    • Yes, I do that, too. Only so many books will fit into the schedule. Her Sacrati was a big reason I wanted to try this one. They are very different of course, but I like her writing.

      • I finished this about five minutes ago. I loved it! It was pretty sexy for not having any sex. Lol

        • Yes, I thought that about, it, too. She really gets how to write attraction. Getting ready to start book three in a couple of weeks if I can wait that long. Might need to move it to the top of the review pile. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great place to start with this author since it is shorter without a cliffhanger. I don’t read too many m/m books but I would give this one a try. Great review!

    • Yes, agree, Carole. It’s a good one for getting a complete story while also seeing that it will continue. This was more an introduction to the character side so only a whiff of romance making it good for someone who reads the occasional m/m story.

  • Nice that it avoids cliffhangers. I do love romantic suspense and small-town romances 🙂

    • Yep. Just when I was prepping for a sudden cliffie because I knew this was a four part story, it finished off the main story thread and only teased a bit about the others. I dreaded it for nothing. LOL

    • Yep. Just when I was prepping for a sudden cliffie because I knew this was a four part story, it finished off the main story thread and only teased a bit about the others. I dreaded it for nothing. LOL

    • Yep. Just when I was prepping for a sudden cliffie because I knew this was a four part story, it finished off the main story thread and only teased a bit about the others. I dreaded it for nothing. LOL

  • Oh he looks yummy. Glad they don’t have the abrupt cliffhanger feel. That always makes me growly.

    • Jericho was very yummy and the cover is a good match.

      I was so relieved not to get stuck with a cliffhanger and I was anticipating it knowing this was a four-parter.