Friday, January 13, 2017

ARC Review: Love is Heartless (Love Can't 2) by Kim Fielding



Blurb:
Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.


Dani's rating:




Love is Heartless is the second book in the Love Can't series but can be read as a standalone. It overlaps with Love Can't Conquer so we hear about Jeremy and Qay, and see Jeremy on page interacting with Nevin, but the focus is on Nevin and his love interest Colin.

Nevin is a detective who investigates crimes against seniors and the disabled. Once an angry punk, tossed from foster home to foster home, Nevin is now one of the good guys. He may say "fuck" a lot, but he cares about the community and those in need.

Nevin likes both men and women, so the world is his sexual oyster. He doesn't do relationships, and he mostly keeps to himself. Meeting Colin throws Nevin for a loop. Colin is cheerful and sweet. He's fiercely attracted to Nevin, but he knows the score: it's just sex, baby.

But it's never that simple, is it?




Both Nevin and Colin carry scars. Nevin's may be invisible, but they're no less real. There is a deep undercurrent of affection between the men. Nevin falls hard for Colin's cat. (And for Colin too, although he's loath to admit it.)

Collie and Nev are endearing, complex MCs; despite being opposites, they fit together like lock and key. Nevin, all 5 foot 4 of him, is such a strong man, and so kind underneath the prickly surface. Colin is willing to seize the day with Nevin, even though he wants much more than sex.

This book is less angsty (Qay had far more baggage than either Nev or Collie) and sexier than the first. There is some seriously dirty floor lovin', and Colin gets all hot and bossy.

The mystery (someone is preying on the elderly) drives the plot but doesn't overwhelm the romance. There is banter and humor; just prepare for some heartbreak related to the crimes, perpetrated against secondary characters we meet on page.

Kim Fielding is an awesome writer. Her books are consistently readable and polished. After reading one too many self-published novels with glaring editing errors, I am more appreciative than ever of authors who know their way around a comma.

I couldn't put this book down. It gets all the stars!



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