Release Day Review by Kristie: Embers (Common Law), by Kate Sherwood

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Embers, by Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law, Book Two
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 6, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Law Enforcement


Okay, so this was more like it.

In my review of book one, Long Shadows, I was pretty clear that I was not entirely sold on this series. I had issues with chemistry, problems with internal dialogue, and I just wanted there to be more. Embers gave me more, and now I’m even more excited to continue on with the series!

I’m not really comfortable calling this a romance, but more of a contemporary suspense story because most of the book really is about the crime drama. But the internal dialogue that Jericho continues to have keeps going back to his attraction to Wade. He can’t get the guy out of his head, no matter how much he tries. As the story continues to move forward, the UST slowly builds.  When things finally, um… explode, things still aren’t resolved between the two men. It’s a lot of fun because just when I thought the slow burn was going to finally ignite, it was only a small fire (super hot baby fire), leaving me with the knowledge that there is SO MUCH MORE TO COME. The chemistry problem I had in book one is no longer a problem. Not at all.

The  mystery of the story this time around did have me puzzled a lot of the time, however. I had to go back and read a few things just to make sure I was keeping things all lined up in my head the right way, and I felt like there was maybe a bit too  much going on that was unbelievable and not as easily puzzled together as Jericho made it seem. It was still a difficult mystery to solve, but the way things came together in the end didn’t sell me completely. I do feel like there is probably a lot more going on in this town than anyone really knows, except for maybe Wade. I’m also positive he is not as much of a criminal as people think. I guess we’ll see what happens because there is no way I’m not continuing on with the series now.

Book three… WHERE ARE YOU?


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 Embers from:
Barnes & Noble

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


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