Title: A Forced Silence
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as my Gay Book Review’s friend Ele did. The enemies-to-lovers vibe didn’t resonate with me and Adam was very unlikable (at first!). As with most adult gay men, I found his reasons for being in the closet ridiculous and couldn’t get onboard.
I adored pathologist Sam and his love for his creepy job. He was wonderful and fascinating! And when he and Adam finally got together, he was a tiger in bed.
I was able to follow the mystery quite well, but I didn’t find it very compelling. I kept wanting to get back to the sex, which was awesome!
Be sure to read Ele’s review because she has much more and nicer things to say about this one. A Forced Silence just plain didn’t work for me. Other than Sam and the sex. 😉