A Forced Silence (Ele’s Review)

ForcedSilenceTitle: A Forced Silence (Zero Hour #1)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.4 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 absolutely loved this book. But let me tell you up front, that I’m going to go crazy and punch a bitch I’ll be terribly disappointed if it’s not the beginning of a series. There is no cliffhanger and the couple gets its HEA, but there are loose ends with other subplots that need closure.

First of all, I loved all the EMT action and because I’m a geek, I liked all the autopsy details as well. CSI and Third Watch all in one, y’all!


Sam is a forensic pathologist. He’s dedicted to his job and an introvert but he’s out and proud. I loved his contradictory character. Sam is a quiet man but very open with Adam and expressive in the bedroom department. And I never guessed what was under his clothes… During an impromptu night out with friends, he bumps into his high school nemesis, Adam.

Adam is a paramedic and takes his job very seriously, which is why he’s firmly in the closet. In his line of work, coming out just isn’t an option. Meeting Sam after all these years is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Because he wants him like crazy, but he’s also the only who makes Adam want to come out. And this is the main conflict of the story.

I loved pretty much everything about the way their relationship was handled. Adam had valid reasons for not being ready to reveal his sexuality and Sam never pushed him. The affection, tenderness and compassion between them was exactly what I needed to see. And steam! Plenty of steam! Their chemistry was explosive and there might have been a hot shower scene. And a maple syrup one.


There is a lot going on in this book. A murder case which is the one that brought Sam and Adam together. An incident towards the end that threatens to break them apart for good and the aftercome of Adam’s coming out. BUT the romance was never overshadowed.

Like I said there are loose ends regarding a couple of subplots.

The murder case never got solved and things with Adam’s brother are still up in the air.
And so many great secondary characters begging for a story.

So don’t you dare tell me there isn’t more. “Zero hour” is the name of a series, right? Right?

Overall, this was a great story. Recommended!

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