A Fugitive in Grass Valley

Title:A Fugitive in Grass Valley
Author: I.M. Flippy
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: June 24, 2017
Genre(s): Gay mystery/romance, ex military, artist, suspense
Page Count: 196 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Lev is happy enough in Grass Valley, living with his best friend and her husband, working as a barista, and teaching art classes part-time. It’s been four years since a bout with cancer led to an ugly break-up that shook his confidence, but he’s getting by now if feeling a little stuck. Enter Ernie, the gorgeous stranger who arrives in town with a shadowy past and a boatload of issues. Everything in Lev’s head says that Ernie is a bad idea, but everything in his heart wants to reach out to this mysterious man in black with intensity in his eyes.

A former Marine turned mercenary, Ernie has a trail of tragedies behind him that he’s barely begun to deal with, and that’s not to mention the little matter of some corporate espionage in the name of blowing the top off a major international scandal going all the way up to the Pentagon. The last thing Ernie wants to do is involve a sweet guy like Lev in his disaster of a life.

If only staying away were that easy.

There are times when I start to read a book and no matter how hard I try to finish it I just can’t. It is few and far between but this is one of those times. I always feel bad when this happens. Just like I do now. I do not believe that this is not a good book but I do believe that it is a book that just cannot hold my interest. Which to be honest is surprising because this is the exact type of book that I like.

This is a book about mystery. It is a book that has a former military man as the kead with his secrets that can come back to haunt him. Or maybe in this case to haunt he man he is fallkng for.

Lev seems like one of those people that is a lot insecure about himself and his self worth. He seems like the type that would do anything to make the ones he loves happy and to help them in any way possible. My opinion is his insecurities derive around the fact that he had cancer and is not completely certain that it will not come back again but also it derives from being in a previously bad relationship with his ex that left him feeling like he is not good enough.

I hate that I just could not get completely into this book enough to finish it but I do believe that others will enjoy this read. I think what got me with this book is there may be too much detail for my liking and that is what left me feeling overwhelmed. I do look forward to more books by I.M. Flippy in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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