Title: Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release: 2nd January 2017
Genre: M/M (murder / mystery)
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.
This book is a good start to what I feel will be a promising new series. It had me invested in the story all the way through and of course as it’s a series I will be picking up the subsequent books as it was interesting enough for me to want to know how this will all play out.
Jericho is in LAPD and goes back to his home town of Mosley in Montana after being called by his father’s current wife. His father is in hospital, or so he is lead to believe, and even if has next to know contact to his father a sense of duty makes him go back to see what the problem is. Well, he certainly gets more than he bargains for with a whole load of stuff going down that he gets drawn into as his inquisitive nature as cop cant let him go until the loose ends are cleared up.
For me the interesting aspect about this book is Jericho’s past and how is confronted with a number of surprises he didn’t bargain for. His father was into petty crime but something bigger is going down in which his father was involved in. I could feel Jericho’s tug-o-war with his emotions. His father was abusive and there was definitely no love lost to say the least between the pair of them. Jericho was one of the lucky ones, managing to escape his background and make good of himself. It takes a string person to break free of their upbringing, but Jericho manages to move out of Mosley and move on with his life. However, sometimes the past catches up with you and when you have to confront old friends that you haven’t seen for years then the question arises in how far have they changed.
He has to face his teenage friend Wade, who he had a fling with when they were younger, in order to get some of the answers he needs. The only problem is Wade hasn’t moved on, is still in Mosley, is still a petty criminal and reluctant to give up what he knows. However, their binds of friendship are still there and now they meet again as grown men the sexual tension between the pair of them is electrifying. Although in this book there is no sex and definitely no indication as to how this relationship he has with Wade will play out, all the indicators are there that these two feel strongly for each other, but what do you do when you lives have taken completely different directions? Wade is a bit of a player, I wouldn’t say he lies but he always omits certain truths and information which makes it difficult for Jericho to get to the bottom of what is going on with his father and his step-mother. The binds of those teenage years are strong and for the most part haven’t faded with time but Jericho now needs Wade the question is whether Wade will turn over a leaf and help Jericho. Wade for me is a fascinating character. Complex and yet somehow a little innocent too in many things. Jericho's life is now pretty straight forward as an LA cop but Wade’s life is not so straight forward. So I get the feeling that barriers will have to be broken in order for these to to get together even if that is where the series is going. That’s the intriguing part. Yes, the suspense is delicious in it’s complexity between these two MCs.
Throw into the mix a crime that needs to be solved, another old and good friend, Kayla, who is now the local sheriff for Mosley, the FBI and DEA getting involved much to the annoyance of Kayla then you have a complex crime / murder-mystery style thriller. Especially when Jericho finds out he has a half-brother and sister he didn't know he had so when these are kidnapped then the heat is on to find out what is going on and rescue the children.
So plenty of mystery and action which kept me enthralled throughout the book. However, for those reader’s expecting hot sex and / or closure or even some part of Jericho’s and Wade’s past are not going to get it. I think we’re going to have to wait, as I said, for the following books to find out how all this will go.
I liked the book based on the fact that it is a solid murder-mystery / thriller. We know Jericho is gay and Wade too and that they had a fling as teenagers which pays a role in their interaction but it is not the main focus by any means. I enjoy books anyway where we know the characters are just gay, doing their normal business and jobs like anyone else, where the attractions to others are mentioned but aren’t front stage. After all is said and done though I will still be interested where Kate Sherwood takes these characters in subsequent books which now means being patient until book #2 comes out.
Meet Kate Sherwood
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.