Sunday, March 5, 2017

ARC Review: Darkness (Common Law, #3) by Kate Sherwood

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

Jewel's rating:

Before I get into the meat of my review, I want to talk a little bit about fade to black sex scenes. In a word, I hate them. Ok, that was three words, but you get the idea. Now, I knew going into this series that the steam level was low and I was willing to give the series a shot because I like the author. After reading the first three books, I can say it's a good series. The writing is strong and I like the characters and the plot-lines. I'm still giving Darkness four stars, but that one scene where Jericho and Wade have penetrative sex for the first time in fifteen years? That was the only sex scene in the entire book and it was fade to black!! This does not please my (not so) inner perv.

Now that that is out of the way, I enjoyed the rest of Darkness. Jericho is settling into his job as under-sheriff and doing his best to stay away from Wade. It's really a futile effort, though, because those two are inevitable. The UST between them, any time they were near each other was enough to heat up my Kindle a bit. Even after fifteen years, Wade still knows what Jay needs.

The suspense plot of Darkness was somewhat interesting, or at least it could have been, but I've got to admit the way it was resolved felt a bit anti-climactic. It's the other plot threads that have been carried through from books 1 and 2 that I am finding interesting. The corruption in the sheriff's department, Wade's not-so-legal business dealings, Nikki and what ever it is she thinks she's doing, Eli's murder and, of course, Jericho and Wade.

Jericho is also getting restless. He's feeling like maybe the system fails a little too often and he's not sure what to do about that. He's on the cusp of making some decisions - maybe he'll walk away, maybe he won't, but he's feeling disillusioned and maybe a little burnt out. And Wade will always be there if Jericho will only let him.

So, I'm on to book 4 to see how all this plays out.


ARC of Darkness was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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