A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: A great hurt-comfort amnesia story that hit all my cop-loving kinks.
Detectives Mitchell Reid and Joseph Valentino of the Chicago Police Department have finally moved from friends to lovers, partners on the job and off. Then an escaped bank robber with a thirst for vengeance shatters their world. The police tactical raid to recapture the convict goes horribly wrong, leaving Mitch severely wounded and Joey with a devastating head injury. They both survive, but Joey’s long-term coma and memory loss will change their lives—and love—forever.
I’ve enjoyed Jamie Lynn Miller’s last three books, which had some sort of first responders in them; so I was excited to learn she had a new novel coming out from Dreamspinner Press. Memory’s Prisoner also features one of my all-time favorite tropes: amnesia! Add in two cops, who’ve gone from friends to lovers, a psycho bad guy and some awesome hurt-comfort aspects and this book hit all the right spots for me.
Mitchell Reid and Joseph Valentino have been police partners for a number of years, but in the last couple of weeks crossed over that line to more than friends when tragedy strikes: Joe is injured on the job, falls into a coma and Mitch is left to struggle alone without his friend/lover. Now if Joe stayed in the coma, this wouldn’t be a romance novel, so Joe does eventually wake up, but he has no memories that Mitch and he were lovers. Cue the hurt/comfort and angst up a notch and you get what Jamie Lynn Miller does best: describe two men finding their way back to each other.
What I absolutely adored about this book was the accurate description of the police. Ms. Miller did her research and it shows. Joe and Mitch are perfect examples of dedicated cops and the relationships they have within the department with the secondary characters highlight the camaraderie that cops share. Plus, Joe and Mitch’s friendship is evident throughout the book, so the jump from friends to lovers and back again is seemless. By the end you are rooting for Joe to remember how much he loved Mitch.
The only niggle I had was the bad guy. He featured quite heavily in the beginning of the book, his actions result in Joe’s injuries, but I didn’t think there was enough backstory on him to give him the extra voltage to truly be a “villain.” Other than that, I enjoyed Memory’s Prisoner and recommend it for all the hurt-comfort-amnesia loving junkies like myself!
Book will be released December 4, 2013.