Friday, April 3, 2015

ARC Review: Lucky Man (Heated Beat 2) by Garrett Leigh


As a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’s idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.

Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.

A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.

Dani's rating:

Lucky Man is a quiet, intense read. Leigh's writing is beautiful but cloaked in heaviness, and the road to happiness for Finn and Danny is a bumpy one.

Danny, a detective and the son of a Welsh father and Chinese mother, is in the midst of a murder investigation; someone is killing prostitutes in a most gruesome manner.

Danny is distanced from his family and doesn't do well with emotions. He's a closeted cop who works with facts and questions, and is used to looking at things from every angle.

Finn is a rock star, but he plays music on his own terms; it's not about the money for him and his band members but about the creativity, the freedom.

Finn, who we find out early on has a mental illness, often gets lost in his head. He doesn't like crowded spaces where he's not in control. He worries a lot and feels things so very strongly.

I liked that Danny and Finn had to work for their HEA. This felt real, particularly considering Finn's mental health issues, which are treated with sensitivity and neither downplayed nor made into something ugly.

Both of the men stepped up to the plate when it mattered, which made their HEA more believable.

Danny's murder investigation wasn't melodramatic, but it still took page time away from the MCs together. I also wanted a resolution to Danny being in the closet. He seemed less worried about it as the book progressed, but I wish he'd made a statement for Finn's sake.

The sexy times were subdued but lovely and erotic nonetheless. I was very glad for the epilogue, which offered much-needed closure.

I was rooting for Finn and Danny. You will too.

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