Embersby Kate Sherwood
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
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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.
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This title can be read on its own, or as the second book in the Common Law series.
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4.5 Stars. Great sequel! Can't wait to read on... Det. Jericho Crewe's had his life turned on its ear in the past few weeks. He learned his no-good criminal father was murdered when he was summoned back to Mosley, Montana after a 15 year absence. His previously unknown step-mother, Nikki, and two half-siblings are in danger--probably of their own making--due to the high likelihood that Nikki (and Jericho's father) were running drugs over the border for Wade Granger. Wade is Jericho's high school boyfriend, though that was all kept undercover way back when. Doesn't mean that Jericho's forgotten the pull toward Wade in the intervening years. Wade's a slick guy, though, and while he's surely a criminal, no one can get anything to stick. In the last book Wade helped Jericho save his half-siblings from people who'd been sworn to serve and protect. The sheriff, Jericho's other childhood bestie Kayla, asked Jericho to stick around, work for her to help root out the corruption and he agreed. Since then, it's been one fire after the next--and I mean that literally. Wade's bar and the local biker gang's hangout have both been hit by arsonists, and three Chicago-native drug runners have been found killed execution-style. The DEA is nervous to deal with Jericho, after learning about his familial and emotional ties to Wade Granger--but their also nervous to deal with Kayla because her father might be leaking information to the biker gang. Meanwhile, someone keeps moving drugs over the border, and Jericho's being used by Wade to establish an alibi--not just for Wade by for Nikki. And the Bikers are ready to demonstrate their might in a show that could kill innocents. Jericho's at the center, even if he doesn't want to be. His decisions to forge links between the factions puts him in a precarious place, and leads to his ultimate discipline when one too many of his cowboy antics can't be tolerated. And Wade keeps coming around with all his sexy eyes and sexy moves and Jericho's really a sucker for Wade. Expect some low level sexytimes for these two. But is Wade's interest just another manipulation? The book's really fast-paced, and the intrigue level is high. Being part of a series, I think you need to read it in order, and let the story build all it's layers. I'm really anxious to read the third book, now, seeing that Jericho's got a fight on his hands to clear his name, and establish whatever relationship he can with his family...and Wade.
Embers, Common Law 2, Kate Sherwood Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: romance, LGBTQIA This is my fourth Kate Sherwood read, two were five stars, one was three – that’s how it goes for me, liking an authors writing style doesn’t mean I’ll love all their novels ;-) Still, Long Shadows, Common Law 1, was a five and I was keen to see where Wade and Jericho (Jay) would go next. This is one of those excellent slow burn romances that I love, where we can feel just how attracted each person is, feel the sizzle, the heat, the tension whenever they are together. Right now though they’re not together, not even close to that, still feeling their way round each other, but though everything seems stacked against them I just can’t help but feel them being together is something that’s almost predestined, fated, just has to happen at some point. But when, where and how still isn’t clear! Wade and Jay had a relationship 15 years ago and then Jay left...didn’t stay in touch, didn’t contact anyone, and now he’s back. He and Wade are on opposing sides of the Law though, with Jay being undersheriff, his also close friend Kayla is sheriff, and Wade has a rep as a criminal. Although he’s never been caught doing anything wrong, whenever there’s trouble somehow he seems to have a connection. This book shows that once more, with people believing Wade’s hand is in the mix of murders/drug smuggling and biker wars. Its not as clear cut as Wade not being caught though, everything that makes the locals ( and the out of town Feds) think he’s guilty is circumstantial, and how much is jealousy from the locals and frustration from the feds? Wade doesn’t not cooperate, on the surface he’s friendly, calm and helpful, but we all know that what he isn’t saying is far more important than what he is telling them. Jay struggles to concentrate when he's with him, the Wade of now is wrapped up with his memories of past Wade and both have the tendency to make him forget everything, and that doesn’t bode well for a man of the Law. All the old team are back, Jay, Wade, Kayla, Nikki – Jay’s fathers wife and her two kids, the feds who still seem to distrust Jay and shut him out as much as they can, and there’s a few new people, with the bikers being a main thread of this story. It starts with the burning of Wade’s bar, and a text from him to Jay that no-one is there. Jay was terrified Wade was inside, panicking over all the things he wanted to say and hadn’t, and then Wade texts him back this brief, ambiguous reply in response to Jay’s question over where he was. Does that mean he knew the bar was burning as he was involved? Jay hadn’t told him, and once more he’s left with the dilemma, does he show Kayla the text as he should as her deputy, knowing he'll drop Wade into trouble if he does, or should he keep quiet? Its typical Wade, laconic information, words that can have more than one inference, and poor Jay, I so felt for him. The more he gets caught up with the town the more he feels for Wade. I love these guys, the friction between them, Jay trying to do what's right morally, but struggling when it comes to Wade, Wade and his manipulations. I feel Wade knows Jay better than he knows himself, I think he’s a good guy, they both are but Wade hides it. I haven’t worked out whether he’s just running his town the way he thinks benefits it, skirting the law deliberately or whether he’s maybe part of something bigger on the legal side. Who knows? Maybe I’m t