Home Fires (Maya’s Review)

Title: Home Fires (Common Law, #4)
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: Apr 3, 2017
Genre(s): suspense/thriller, action/adventure, romance
Page Count: 162
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

This is the fourth and the last book in the series Common Law. I would recommend reading all books in order. Each of the books has its own mystery plot, so theoretically they can be read as standalone but the relationship develops through all four books. I read the first and the last one, but considering I bought the last one as soon as I finished the first, I’m not sure I’d have had patience to wait for the each book to be published. I wanted to know right away how the story ended!

The writing is surprisingly smooth and the scenes flow naturally one into another. The supporting character cast is small, but they are well fleshed out and help bring the story forward.
The story continues where it left off – Jericho and Wade are in relationship, but it is still tentative truce between the cop and the criminal. I was never sure if this was enemies to lovers or friends to lovers story. Fifteen years ago, they were friends and lovers, but then Jericho left and they lost contact. They are still attracted to each other, but fifteen years ago their feelings weren’t enough to save their relationship. It’s heartbreaking and adds another layer to their already fraught relationship. Now they are older, they have both changed and both of them have lives they’re not willing to give up. Where does that leave them? Is it even possible for them to have happy end?

The story starts with Jericho, an undersheriff, getting information about a possible case. His sense of duty compels him to investigate, but the case interferes with his plans and he simply doesn’t want the case to be real. Jericho wants to leave town, which means leaving Wade, which in turn he is not sure he wants to do. Wade is his ever present shadow, inching ever so slowly in his life and his heart. That’s about the only gripe I have about the book. There is no Wade’s POV so he is a little harder to connect with than Jericho. The only way we see him is through Jericho’s eyes which does make their struggles to stay together more believable.

The story is jam-packed with action, and considering both Jericho and Wade’s occupations it ties neatly into their relationship. The book contains almost no sex scenes – there are references to sex, but scenes are sparse.

I really enjoyed this book and can sincerely recommend it.

Common Law Series

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