Review: Darkness by Kate Sherwood

Review: Darkness by Kate SherwoodDarkness by Kate Sherwood

Series: #3 Common Law
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on March 6, 2017
Pages: 189
Format: eARC
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Darkness is the third installment of the Common Law series featuring intrepid cop, Jericho Crewe, back in his small hometown of Montana where nothing is easy whether it is his cases or his relationships.

The Common Law series really must be read in order as it flows one book into the next.

Jericho is coming to realize that his life has gone a new direction that won’t allow him to just cut ties again and head back to his homicide work in LA.  For now, he’s under sheriff work of helping his friend Kay, the county sheriff root out corruption and work local crime while still figuring out his dad’s murder keeps him busy if not fulfilled.  There is also that niggling itch of attraction and need between him and the enigmatic Wade Granger who works the other side of the law.

Jericho is almost relieved to be given a homicide case involving the death of a prostitute until his cut and dry case gets troubling real fast.  And is it bad of him to be glad that for once, Wade seems to have nothing to do with it?  But others are involved and Jericho is faced with a tough dilemma that makes him question what he believes about his work as an officer of the law and justice.

In the meantime, he also looks hard at what he knows has always been there between him and Wade.  He wants Wade, but how can it be possible when they stand on two sides of the law?  For the present, he’ll take what he can get even if it puts his career in jeopardy.

Yes, things are heating up between Jericho and Wade even as Jericho must face some tough truths and a difficult moral dilemma from his murder investigation.  Each installment has me more enamored with Jericho than ever.  I enjoy the mysteries with each book, but it is being along with Jericho as he faces trouble at work, his mixed up relations, and his even more complicated relationship with childhood friend and lover.

The overall series arc moves forward with certain reveals and threads tied up, but it is obvious that things are coming to a head.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book.

Those who appreciate a slow-build plot and romance in an m/m romantic suspense should definitely take a look at this series.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #53 LGBT
Literary Pickers: #52 light switch
New Release #26

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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.
  • oh 4 books for this series? it’s nice to see that you’re still having a nice time and I hope the last one will give you a great time again!

    • Oh, me, too, Melliane. I can’t wait to get the conclusion to the series.

  • Glad to see that you are enjoying this series. I couldn’t wait so I read them all really close together. lol. I can’t wait until you read the last one. I think it’s the best in the series! Great review!

    • It’s been a near thing, Julie. I’ve wanted to snatch them up back to back, but I held it in and read others that were releasing first. 😉

      Oh man, best in series? Can’t wait. Thanks!

  • Awesome review as always, Sophia. I’ve never read M/M Romance books but planning to one day. I’ll check this series out. Thanks for sharing, Sophia.
    Awesome! 😀
    Do you know another great M/M romance book?

    • I think my early favorites were the Cut & Run series by Madeline Urban & Abigail Roux because they were full of action and suspense as well as a real firework style romance. I always recommend them. But this series has more subtleties and might be a good start for someone just wanting to see if m/m is for them. LC Chase writes a good m/m cowboy romance series, too. And a hilariously fun one is the Shakespeare’s Fool series by Lisa Henry and JA Rock about a con man and a cop. Yeah, those are probably my best recs off the top of my head. Thanks for asking, Geybie. 🙂

  • Eeeep! I still haven’t read this one (I’ve only read the first so far,) but I LOVED it and am also enamored with Jericho. I can’t wait to read these. Great review!

    • You have some good stuff to look forward to, Angie. Jericho and Wade get better. 😉

  • I adore when mysteries have character growth, it just adds so much more to the story!

    • Absolutely, Lily!

      I’m always more into a mystery if the characters are deeply developed and right along with the mystery plot. Haha, in this one, Wade IS a mystery.

  • This really sounds like a series that has a lot going for it. I do like that each book build on the one before but tells a satisfying story. I will have to look for this one.

    • I’ve been enjoying it. So much so that I’m sad there are only four. ):

      Hope you like it if you get the chance, Carole! 🙂

  • Ahhh you know I don’t read m/m but these are tempting and the cover! Noms! I’m glad you’re enjoying these, Sophia!

    • Hey, ya know… these are pretty light on that sort of action and focus more on the suspense and the character stuff rather than the bedroom so maybe you’d be alright if you wanted.

      But yes, I am hooked on Jericho- and that scamp of his, Wade. 🙂

      • That might very well work out better for me, actually. Hmmm. I’ll add to the list for one day 🙂

        • Yes, in fact, I was trying to remember, but I don’t think a detail was mentioned until book three and even then it wasn’t a very long scene. This one had only one scene at the very end and it wasn’t that graphic either. If it makes sense to see it this way, these are somewhat like UF in that there’s romance, but its not as focused on the physical and all the other elements of the story factor in strongly too.