Summary Review: Will love be enough for Jory and Sam to overcome their personal differences and can Sam keep Jory alive? The answers to these questions are: Yes and no. The soap opera continues with quite a few revelations.
Jory Keyes is doing his best to get over Detective Sam Kage, who broke his heart. Fearful of coming out of the closet, Sam intended to marry and uphold the status quo. After testifying against the man he saw commit cold-blooded murder, Jory is sure he and the detective will never cross paths again. But fate has other plans. Between Sam’s job and Jory being openly gay and on the run from hired killers, the path to true love has never been rockier. When Jory is kidnapped, the culprit is someone no one ever suspected.
The second book in the series picks up just a day after the end of Book I reviewed here. Jory is trying to deal with breaking up with Sam who apparently considered Jory a detour in his life while he was thinking more along the lines of a permanent relationship. Jory realized that the longer he stayed with Sam the worse he would be hurt when they parted, which he thought was inevitable, so he decided to make a clean break. Their major problem was Sam’s fear that having a boyfriend would negatively affect his professional life as a police detective working in such a homophobic environment, so even though he was addicted to Jory and gave him a set of keys to his apartment, he wasn’t about to come out of the closet for him.
However Sam wasn’t done with Jory and kept coming back into his life. He was really conflicted about his strong feelings for Jory, but his fears about the effects on his job of being outed kept getting in the way. In an effort to show him how much he loved him Sam was very protective, but the relationship continued to be rocky.
While he’s trying to figure out what to do about Sam, Jory’s business relationship with Dane undergoes a seismic shift and evolves into a deep and abiding friendship. Dane stepped up and proved what a wonderful person he was by changing Jory’s life in a totally unexpected way. Having Dane as a powerful force supporting him gives Jory the confidence to move on to a new and better job after being Dane’s assistant for 5 years. Eventually he establishes a successful business venture with a partner, but his private life is still hit and miss. Even though Sam is back they have the same issues, leading to continuing friction. Further complicating their relationship are the ongoing threats against Jory’s life because of the murder that he witnessed in Book I, and his refusal to take the simplest safety precautions, which makes Sam angry.
This book follows the pattern of Book I with numerous minor characters moving in and out and quite a lot of (I thought) unnecessary details about them. At times there were so many they made my head spin and I couldn’t figure out most of the roles of the different people who touched Jory’s life very briefly. They weren’t friends, they weren’t lovers, they were just there as fillers. Also, almost every single character in this book was either incredibly good looking or fabulously wealthy, or both – Some of them were so outrageously good looking I wondered how so many beautiful people could coexist in one book. Despite this, the book was really interesting and absorbing and Jory continued to be the main focus of the series. I really liked his vulnerability and relationship with Dane whose role expanded considerably in this book.
What I liked
The three main characters – Jory, Sam and Dane.
>Sam grew on me because it was clear how much he loved and wanted Jory in his life, despite his ongoing conflict about coming out
>Dane became very protective towards Jory and was more open and three dimensional
>Jory was just Jory, driving everyone crazy but they all fell in love with him because he seemed so defenseless
What I didn’t like
>As in Book I, there were too many minor characters; they seem to be sprinkled throughout like condiments on food
>There were quite a few spelling and grammatical errors in this book (as well as in Book I) that a little care could have avoided. Examples: Simple things like “you’re” instead of “your” “dirt dancing” instead of “dirty dancing,” “passed” instead of “past” etc.
>I thought that at times the book meandered quite a bit and was unfocused.
I did like the story so far but thought that there was some unnecessary padding in terms of characters who didn’t really have a role but were only window dressing, especially people that Jory met only once in bars. The editing could have been much tighter by eliminating some of them and the accompanying prose and dialogue.
At the end of Book II the big ‘reveal’ of who was behind all of the attempts on Jory’s life was not a huge surprise since there were clues throughout the book. Those readers who don’t like cliffhangers will hate the way this book ends, but on the plus side the other books are all available so you won’t have to wait to find out what comes next.
I have finished Book III so the review will be posted later this week, with the conclusion of this story to follow shortly after. Despite some of my obvious difficulties with A Matter of Time Book II I recommend this series so far because it has a lot going for it, including quite a few humorous moments. I couldn’t help but become engrossed in the story, and wanted to know how it all ended and what happened to Jory and Sam, the ultimate odd couple.