Title: Requiem in Leather (Deputy Joe #4)
Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, BDSM
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The wilds of San Francisco are a long way from the rural-Utah beat of Deputy Joe Peterson.
Kabe’s former Dom, the man who protected him in prison, dies and Kabe, along with Jack’s other boys, returns to The City to pay their respects. Joe wonders where he fits in after seeing Kabe at home, with the family and friends he left behind. When he agrees to help track down one of the missing boys he can’t understand Kabe’s aversion to his getting involved.
The emotions dredged up by the search, and Kabe’s slipping back into his old out-of-control life style, pitch them along like the rough surf Kabe has so missed riding. If they can find the balance between love, respect and their lifestyle, they may just be able to discover a place Joe thought was closed to him forever.
Deputy Joe Series
Requiem in Leather ended up being a more emotional read than the other novels in this series. And it was in, somewhat, unexpected ways.
Kabe and Joe head to San Francisco to attend the memorial service of the man that kept Kabe safe while he was in prison. What I didn’t know going in, was that Jack knew Kabe long before that. So, he meant more to Kabe than he would have otherwise.
While there, Joe gets, kind of, roped into (ha! not like that!) helping to locate the most important of Jack’s boys. Mike is a Marine and he dropped of the radar months ago and no one can locate him. Kabe isn’t actually happy that Joe is looking for Mike. Kabe had spent his time in prison knowing that, for Jack, Mike was it. Kabe wasn’t that important (in his mind). So, he was always a bit jealous of what they had. Of not belonging.
San Francisco really isn’t good for Kabe or Joe. I spent the first half-ish of this book feeling really unsettled. Kabe is going out partying with his friends and was really pushing Joe in some not so good ways. He was being selfish and a little petty and after seeing just how self contained he was in the last book, I didn’t like that trend at all. I was reminded that Kabe is just 23.
So, there’s a fair amount going on in this book. Kabe finds his way out of the party scene on his own (mostly) and gets himself together. And when Joe and Kabe are in sync, they are so beautiful.
The memorial service for Jack was where I teared up. We never meet Jack, he’s not in the other books and the only part he plays in this one is through memories.
- But seeing Mike, whom we’ve only just met, break down, gutted me.
I don’t know if this is the last novel in this series, or not, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Requiem in Leather pretty much brings the story full circle for both Joe and Kabe, so if it is the last one, I’m feel good about where it ended.