Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Long Shadows (Common Law, #1) by Kate Sherwood

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

Jewel's rating:

Long Shadows is the first of four books in Kate Sherwood's new Common Law series. And in spite of the fact that there is not so much as a kiss between Jericho and Wade, I still found I enjoyed this story quite a lot. The chemistry is there, though, so when they do finally give in, it should be pretty hot. Oh, please let them give in sooner rather than later!

Jericho Crewe is one of the few that actually got out of Mosely, MT. He joined the Marines as soon as he was of age and got the hell out. And after getting discharged, he decided to become a cop. Turns out that last thing was what got him disowned by dear old dad. No big loss there, let me tell ya. So when Jericho returns to Mosely to take care of some family business, he doesn't plan on sticking around any longer than he absolutely has to. Too bad nothing is what he assumed it would be going in. Jericho has change a lot since he was a kid, and also he hasn't changed at all. Turns out, he might not be the only one.

Wade Granger was always the bad boy. Son of the town hooker (now retired, thank goodness), he's always kind of made his own rules. And he and Jay (as he calls Jericho) got into lots of trouble growing up and were best friends, and later, lovers. Wade chose to stay in Mosely and pretty much everyone knows that not all of Wade's business dealings are on the up and up. But, he's kept things out of sight enough to stay out of prison, so that's something. And though Jericho hasn't kept up with Wade since he left 15 years ago, Wade has kept at least some tabs on his former lover. Some things, it would seem, can't be let go so easily.

The suspense story line kept me guessing a bit, and it is really the focus of Long Shadows not romance. There is set up for romance, though, so I'm cautiously optimistic that it will come later. I'm ok with a slow burn as long as we do get a payoff. Besides, as Short Round would say (I paraphrase): "No time for love, Dr. Jones!". There are crimes to solve, after all, and just because Jericho is out of his jurisdiction, doesn't mean he can or will turn a blind eye when kids are in danger.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series!


Review copy of Long Shadows was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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