Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
If you love gorgeous, romantic novels where the characters get a second chance at true love, then you should absolutely pick up this book! Cate does a phenomenal job of showing a relationship between two men who parted on bad terms, but have never forgot their feelings for one another. Pair that with the stress from a murder mystery and difficulties at work, and you get a book that you absolutely won’t be able to put down!
Adam is a paramedic, and he loves his job and respects the uniform. He’s a fantastic character, one who can go from serious to comedic in a split second, and his persistence with chasing after Sam is a blast to read!
“I needed to get some air. The egos on half the guys in here take up most of the room.”
Rob rolled his eyes. “Yours is one of the bigger ones.”
Adam smirked. “Thanks for noticing, Rob. I am incredibly well-endowed.”
“I meant your ego, asshole.”
“Oh, I know exactly what you meant.”
Sam (or Dex, as Adam calls him, a nickname carried over from high school) is Adam’s opposite. He’s calm, an introvert, and openly gay. But what I love is how their relationship unfolds… it’s a slow build, and Cate does a fantastic job of conveying the emotions both men feel.
He’d never been in love before. Not like this. He’d expected it to be this flashy, all-consuming explosion of fireworks, but it wasn’t. The way he loved Dex was steady. Complete.
I think this is a great novel for people who like a bit of action with their romance, but don’t want an adrenaline-fueled crime drama. The romance definitely comes first, but the action and mystery help to make Adam and Sam’s relationship even more beautiful.
Absolutely fantastic, highly recommended!