My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he’s heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam “On the Beach.” Now he’s got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a legendary serial killer known as The Crow in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.
Deputy Sheriff Robert Haskell may seem laid-back, but he’s a tough and efficient cop — and he’s none too thrilled to see feebs on his turf — even when one of the agents is smart, handsome, and probably gay. But a butchered body in a Native American museum is out of his small town department’s league. For that matter, icy, uptight Adam Darling is out of Rob’s league, but that doesn’t mean Rob won’t take his best shot.
I do so adore Josh Lanyon mysteries, and this one was no exception.
The mystery part of the story was quite enjoyable, especially when Adam came up against the small-town politics that one must navigate when dealing with people who have known each other (and all of each others’ business) for their entire lives. While there wasn’t a huge amount of actual action, the tension and suspense was wonderful, leaving both the reader and the characters wondering just who they could actually trust. There were quite a few scenes that had me holding my breath as I read, because the buildup of what was happening was so intense.
I’m will admit that I never completely warmed up to Rob as much as I did Adam. It’s not that he was an unlikable character, or even one-dimensional. I think it was simply that his playfulness and sense of humor tended to lighten the mood when the story might have benefited from a more dramatic tone.
I loved Adam, though. A little uptight, sure, but given some of the things we learn about his past, most of his foibles could be forgiven, even when he tended to overstep his bounds in the investigation.
The romance was delicious. There was a bit of an insta-love vibe, but not so badly that it affected my enjoyment. The chemistry between Rob and Adam was wonderful, and the love scenes are just as yummy as we’ve come to expect from Josh Lanyon. Add to that a sugary sweet epilogue (instead of one of Mr. Lanyon’s (in)famous To Be Continued style endings), and I was smitten.
Overall, a great read, and I’m rather hoping that one day we’ll get to see more of Adam and Rob.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars