Title: Model Investigator (Haven Investigations #3)
Author: Lissa Kasey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 26th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery / Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former model turned private investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home.
Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob—and patience Ollie doesn’t have—to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.
It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.
Model Investigator picks up in the aftermath of what went down at the end of Model Bodyguard (which had a complete WHAT?! cliffhanger ending).
I love this series. Seriously, Lissa Kasey gets better with each installment.
Let me tell you what I loved:
There’s communication here, people! REAL, HONEST, COMMUNICATION! Can I get an Amen?
Ollie and Kade talk to one another. Even when one is stubborn and goes off on his own, sooner, rather than later, they talk about it. It’s delightful. Open communication, being real with one another…it all makes my heart go pitty-pat.
I absolutely love that there’s a realistic timeframe for when someone gets hurt. One of my biggest pet peeves when I’m reading a book is when a character gets shot, or has a concussion, or broken bones, but is running around and having sex the next day. That’s completely unrealistic. But here, Kasey gives her characters time to heal. Time to actually get better before throwing them back into the fray. Or throwing them back into the fray, but with them realistically hurt and damaged, and almost dying too.
I love how Kasey incorporates the side characters. Enough to help the story along, but not enough to take the focus off the main characters. Even though the story is told exclusively through Ollie’s POV, the reader still gets a good picture of what’s happening around him.
Really, this was almost perfect for me. The hurt/comfort here was SO good, the pacing of this story was on point, I couldn’t put it down from the first moment I actually started reading…I read straight through. I had a terrific time reading this.
Now, for what you need to know. It’s all about Ollie finding Kade, and then finding out what the hell is going on with Kade’s seriously messed up family. There’s a beginning, middle and ending here to the main story arc: the story picks up after the events of Model Bodyguard and focuses on Ollie figuring out what is happening with Kade and his family, and has a satisfactory conclusion.
Which brings me to the only thing I didn’t like: The story ends on a slight cliffhanger again (like the one in Model Citizen) with further questions being unanswered about Nathan, his death, and his involvement with Kade. You’re killing me, Kasey. Killing me. I need answers!
In the end though, I loved this. I cannot wait for the next book; I will be among the first in line to get my hands on it.