Embers (Common Law #2) (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Embers (Common Law #2)
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 6, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 197
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

Embers is the second book in Kate Sherwood’s engrossing Common Law series. Jericho continues working for the sheriff’s department, Nikki and her semi-feral children are still thorns in Jericho’s side, and Wade remains as enigmatic as ever. A triple murder – Chicago thugs perhaps killed by the Mountaineers (Mosely’s biker gang) in a turf war – starts off the mystery but as always, the real heart of the series is the sexual tension between Wade and Jericho:

But while you’re living your righteous life, all respectable and proper? You should remember me. You should remember how it feels to have my hands on you, my mouth on you. You should remember me fucking you, and you fucking me, all the ways we took care of each other back when we were kids. You should ask yourself: if it was that perfect then, when we didn’t know what the hell we were doing, how much better would it be now?

Wade continues his Machiavellian maneuvering and it’s glorious as he messes with the DEA, the FBI, but especially with Jericho, as he continues to manipulate him with tips and helpful “suggestions” that always lead Jericho into trouble:

“What are you up to? Are you— Fuck, Wade, are you doing your fucking reverse-psychology thing? You want me to go somewhere so you’re acting like you want me to stay? Or is it another double reverse, and really you want me to stay?”

This series keeps getting better and better and I highly recommend it. The third book in the series – “Darkness” will be published in March with the fourth book – “Home Fires” – coming in April.

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