- MLR Press
- Release Date
- July 2011
- Book 2 of Deputy Joe
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Deputy Joe Peterson understood the risks when he got involved with ex-con Kabe Varghese. He didn't, however, see fit to warn Kabe. Now, in the middle of searching for the killer of a local boy, he has to contend with his career and his relationship spinning out of control. Solving the case may be easier than repairing broken trust.
Sep 29, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Reviewing a sequel usually means you're carrying some baggage left over from the previous book. You either loved it and expect the same or more from the next one, or you disliked something and are fretting about what exactly did the next book in the series keep and what did it discard.
I was one of those who expected a lot. I needed all of the elements I liked in the first book to still be in this one and I needed that something extra which would make it better. Well, I got what I wanted and let me just tell you about it.
Joe made his life very difficult by choosing Kabe. He got shunned by his church, some people in town are taking the relationship as a personal insult and to make things worse, as an officer of the law, he's facing an administrative hearing regarding his sexual relationship with a man on probation. Things are not looking good, but instead of finding strength in his partner, Joe keeps it all inside, thinking of all the issues as his own. While it might have started as a way of protecting Kabe from all the hurt, in reality it came down to withholding information from the only person in Joe's life who really mattered.
Our Deputy is a man of many flaws and a man of strong beliefs. While he tries to do the best thing, he doesn't always see mistakes that might come with it. It's not entirely his fault, of course. You can't be perfect in something you've never experienced before, and that is exactly where Joe stands. He's with Kabe, both his heart and soul invested in that one man, but he doesn't see it as clearly as we reading his thoughts might. Precisely for that reason, I loved him.
I did miss Kabe's voice every once in a while, but most of the time I didn't even think about it. Joe is such a strong character he overshadows the rest of them, and in the end, I was fine with that. Joe, or rather the author, gives us the perfect ratio of plot, love relationship and character. All bases are covered and all curiosity satisfied.
The story did move slowly at times, some things taking precedence over others I might have been more interested in, but when looking at this book as a whole, it was done brilliantly. I wasn't overwhelmed with the facts of Joe's investigation, but still all angles were covered and all questions answered. The relationship was talked about and in a certain way it was the main focus, but again, it's not something that's in your face. That made me enjoy every interaction more, and the absolutely amazing not-to-mention hot sex scenes forced me to pay attention and almost beg for more. Well, I did beg, just not publicly.
So page-by-page, I read through the story. I felt my heart almost break for Joe and I felt it skip a beat from fear at one point. I can't say I hated Kabe, but he made me frown at times although I understood him. These things are something you just can't help, because although Joe is a quiet man, when he feels and when he speaks, you experience every emotion and every single word right there with him. By the end I realized I felt sorry for needing to let these characters go and all those read pages behind me, were just too few.
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