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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well-developed characters and a heart - breaking romance make for an absorbing read. However, the description is misleading: while there is a murder mystery, it is secondary to the plot (maybe even tertiary). Additionally, the mystery is not solved in this book; you have to read the next book (following a different set of characters) to find out what happens. That is aggravating. Recommended, but be prepared to invest in several books for the whole story. -- lyradora
First responders and people who work to save lives or explain deaths have my utmost respect. It's half of the reason why I was interested in reading this first book in a new series. The other half was because the author is Cate Ashwood and I've enjoyed several of her books recently. The idea of a paramedic and a forensic pathologist dealing with a murder investigation had me excited to see what would happen. I felt for both Sam and Adam when they met again after thirteen years. Sam was immediately thrust back into his old feelings of inadequacy and geekiness that high school and Adam, particularly, always made him feel. Especially when Adam refused to call him anything but Dexter, his hated nickname. Adam was reminded of his hypervigilance of not letting anyone suspect he was gay along with wanting to tease Sam in an awkward way of showing affection. The heat between them was palpable. When Adam admits to Sam that he's gay, the night they share is off the charts incendiary. And every night that follows is exactly the same. Adam is shocked that Sam is willing to keep his secret but Sam feels coming out is a very personal decision and he's not going to take that away from Adam. Adam worries that his coworkers wouldn't understand and he wouldn't be able to count on them out in the field. Considering Adam and his partner, John, just had the worst kid possible as an intern and they ended it early when they found the kid being incredibly unprofessional, having your colleagues at your back can be a pretty important thing. Sam makes the difficult decision to end their seeing each other when it becomes obvious that Adam is stressing too much over being caught, especially in light of hearing John's venomous attitude toward gays. I was a little disappointed at the predictability of the ending. But I really enjoyed the romance that bloomed between Sam and Adam, and I was happy to see Adam stand up and freely admit who he is. I was also very happy that the author didn't wrap the murder up in a tidy bow as it looks like it's continuing into the next book. A really wonderful beginning to a new series, even with my minor disappointment, and I look forward to book two. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood tells the story of closeted paramedic Adam and out and proud forensic pathologist Sam. They’re former classmates who are brought together while they work on a shared murder case. This book was adorable. Well, as adorable as a novel depicting a gory murder can be. Adam and Sam were perfect together without being obnoxiously so. Usually I get impatient with closeted characters because I don’t like the idea of keeping a relationship secret (which is what the closeted men ask their partners to do). However, Ashwood did such a good letting the reader into Adam’s head that I had sympathy for his predicament – super masculine job combined with a bigoted family makes for a difficult environment to come out in. It was Sam who stole my heart. He had the perfect mix of sympathy for Adam and not putting up with his crap. They challenged each other in a way that made me root for their relationship, even when things looked grim. A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood blended love with mystery in a way that kept me turning the pages. I would personally recommend this book. Reviewed by Liz Cat for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
This book was very exciting. Adam and Sam were good. I hope that there is another book that follows up because there is a lot of loose ends. There is a number of things that seen 2-dementional and unfinished.