Review: Home Fires by Kate Sherwood

Review: Home Fires by Kate SherwoodHome Fires by Kate Sherwood

Series: #4 Common Law
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on April 3, 2017
Pages: 174
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

The Delight

The thing about bringing trouble to a small mountain Montana town is that one might have to face down its canny, cagey gun-toting not necessarily law-abiding citizenry.  The finale brought some more soul-searching, sass, and big time action for dauntless Jericho Crewe and the gang.

Review

 

We’re in the homestretch with the Common Law series and I’m dragging my feet because I don’t want it to be over.  I’ve enjoyed my time with Jericho, Wade, and the rest of the quirky citizens of Mosely, Montana.  Things have been building to a point for Jericho and he has some big decisions to make if only those pesky heavily armed militia folks weren’t building a revolution back in the hills.

Home Fires is the fourth and final installment of the Common Law featuring the detecting adventures of Jericho Crewe once wild-child and now under-sheriff of the county.

Each book in the series has had a dual focus.  There’s a case for Jericho to solve and the ongoing story of Jericho’s personal life as he comes to terms with who he is and what he wants now that he’s laying the past to rest.

Enigmatic Wade whose moral compass doesn’t always point true North is still a good man, Jericho’s teenage lover and best friend and now they are becoming something more as far as Jericho is concerned.  He’s not hiding what they have together and he’s done trying to figure out how to make it work.  It will just work- The crook and the cop.  I thought it worked rather well.

The militia war angle got things into a pretty exciting and intensive situation.  Kay’s on shaky ground with the citizens of Mosely because her dad’s a crooked past sheriff and someone’s using this as his chance to push his way into office, but lord love her, that woman took care of business like a champ.  Loved how Jericho, for all his contrariness is a good cop and Marine and this last installment calls for both skills.  He’s the one that figures out just why things aren’t adding up and where it’s all going.  The crisis moments when he had to make tough choices and then later when he just went all Rambo were the perfect pinnacle for this series.

I loved where things were at in the end for Jericho and Wade.  And hsst, Kate, I would be perfectly fine if it all just kept on rolling with more of Jericho and Wade off in their new direction.

In summary, fab series, no reservations.  Those who enjoy slow build romance, well-crafted characters, and a good mystery should give this four part m/m Romantic Suspense series a go.

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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.
  • RO

    I enjoy a suspense story with a romance that takes its time. Sometimes a story is just too rushed and it loses the intensity. Sounds like this was a good one! Hugs…

    • Me, too, Ro! I loved how this one used this four book story arc perfectly to stretch out the romance and suspense well.

      I loved it and wished it could keep going. 🙂

  • So glad to hear that you enjoyed the last book of the series too! It was my favorite out of all of them. I didn’t want it to end but I loved where things were at the end of this one. Great review!

    • I felt the same way, Julie. This one rivaled book one for me in the favorites. I also would love to see it press on from that ending she gave. 🙂

  • Oh, man. I am reading (and loving,) book two right now! I cannot wait to get to this one! 🙂

    Great review.

    • You will not be disappointed, Angie! The series just gets better and better. I’m already of the opinion that she needs to keep going. 🙂

  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying these so much and found a series that wows you like this one. I’ll keep it in mind when people ask me for mm recommendations 🙂

    • Yep, having a bit of reader gal depression that its over and desperately hoping that maybe there will be more someday. 🙂

      Oh yes, this is a great one for a recommendation if they want slow burn and suspense.