Long Shadows (Common Law #1) (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Long Shadows (Common Law #1)
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 31, 2016
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 184
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

Raised in Mosely, a small Montana town near the Canadian border, Jericho Crewe and Wade Granger were boyhood friends and lovers. “He and Wade had both been raw and exposed, and it had only made sense for them to press themselves together, offering less tender flesh to the outside world.” When they were 17, Jericho left … and Wade stayed. 15 years later – during which Jericho spent 8 years in the Marines (four tours in Afghanistan) and 5 years as a beat cop in LA – he returns to Mosely after the death of his father, only to be surprised by a step-mom and two young half-sibs … and a whole mess of trouble.

Wade seems to be running drugs, guns, and god-knows-what to the border and back, and he’s got his fingers in every scheme in town. But when push comes to shove, does he have Jericho’s back? Is the pull of their past love strong enough after all these years?

This story sucked me in from page one and held my interest every last page of the way. Kate Sherwood spins an intriguing mystery with dirty cops, kidnapping and shoot-outs and balances it with the slowly-unwinding story of the relationship between Wade and Jericho. There is not ONE sex scene in this book – just one kiss – yet the tension between Wade and Jericho is heady and potent with possibility.

The end of the book brings about a resolution of the kidnapping, but leaves a whole bunch of questions. Is Wade involved with Jericho’s father’s death? Did they catch all the dirty cops? Wade and Jericho are pretty much on opposite sides of the law – who’s planning to change sides? This is a great start to a new Kate Sherwood series and I give it 4.5 stars.

Common Law Series

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