Big Cypress Crossroads

Bren Christopher
Big Cypress Crossroads
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Loose Id
Release Date
August 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

From the deep swamps of the Everglades to the glittering night clubs of South Beach, Miami-Dade police detective Scott Chandler is hot on the trail of the drug running cartel that killed some good officers in a firefight and left him with a steel rod in his leg. The last thing he expected to find was love in the form of a seemingly innocent wilderness guide--a guide who inexplicably knows more than he should.

Noah Taylor lives for the wild backwoods, spending days camping alone and only returning to town on the weekends to lead kayak tours through the dark waterways of the Everglades. But when he finds the remains of a ritually sacrificed body hanging from the twisted limbs of a mangrove tree, his life's going to change in ways he can't possibly predict--or can he?

Now Scott must untangle a web of deceit while struggling with his passion for Noah. Because loving him is easy. But trusting him could be deadly.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Oct 02, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
When you combine a curious detective, a handsome young man, a drug cartel and the waterways of the Everglades, you have to get something exciting and interesting. I'm sure there has to be some kind of a rule about it somewhere. One thing this book doesn't lack is abundance of intriguing content.

Noah is a guide in the waterways of the Everglades. He spends days at a time camping in the wild, away from all human life. The peace of his home is momentarily disturbed when he discovers a hanged and mutilated body of a man.

While the body wasn't the original reason for Scott's – a Miami detective – appearance in the Everglades, it is enough of a reason for him to stay. He meets Noah, not liking the secrets the young man hides but soon enough depending on his assistance.

The two of them get together rather quickly, and this is one of those stories where men don't really doubt they were meant to be together forever. Individually I liked all aspects of this book, but combined together it didn't quite click. You also shouldn't really expect something gruesome like I did based on the blurb. Both men are somewhat squeamish.

While I enjoyed the sex scenes they were incorporated into the story at awkward moments. The relationship between Noah and Scott needed more time to grow and reach the stage they jumped to after a very short period of time. Noah's participation in the investigation seemed unbelievable and brought doubt into the competence of the detectives. And of course, you have a lot of classics that always happen in detective stories, first of all being the detective falling in love with a witness/suspect.

Both guys were great, Noah a little more than Scott as Scott's attitude annoyed me on occasion. The setting was something that appealed to me because I haven't read but a couple of books with similar descriptions and the whole idea around the cartel was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading. I also wanted to know more about the side characters who seemed funny and attention worthy, but even without that I find that I liked this story enough to recommend it. In this instance I think my average rating is based more on my personal preference than the true quality of the book.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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