Book Review by Kristie: Long Shadows, by Kate Sherwood

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Long Shadows, by Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law, Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 31, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Cops/Law Enforcement


It is difficult to review this one, so I think I’ll just keep it short. I liked the characters and the story, but not totally.

I had trouble with Jericho’s internal monologue that is frankly, never ending. To be in his head is exhausting. I really could have done with a lot less of his thoughts on everything. At times it was just too much so I had to skim or speed read. I hate doing that, but there was a lot of remembering going on in his head and I didn’t care. I just wanted to move on with the mystery and find out what happened to his father, who did it, and what he was going to do about it.

I also struggled with the lack of chemistry I felt between Jericho and Wade. What I felt there was mild at best, with only maybe one scene ramping it up a bit. So the UST felt almost nonexistent for me which was kind of a bummer.

But the story is very much a starting off point, like a gateway to the rest of the series. I know this was a set up for book two, and what comes of the decisions Jericho was forced to make. How Jericho is going to be able to deal with his job as cop, and continue being friends with Wade will be interesting. Their friendship was more interesting to me than their supposed romantic love for each other.

Will I read book two? Probably. I am curious as to what will happen and how it all turns out as only some questions are answered in this story. Do I wish this gave me more feels? Yes I do. This really didn’t feel like a romance novel to me, more just a mystery/suspense story with a dash of maybe romance thrown in to make it interesting. If the corruption and illegal activities going on in this small town are developed more and make a big impact, I’m in for it.


Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.


You can purchase Long Shadows from:
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


One thought on “Book Review by Kristie: Long Shadows, by Kate Sherwood

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