Law and Disorder (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

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Title: Law and Disorder (Casus Fortuitus #2)
Author: Brooke Edwards
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 31, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 141 pages
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Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

James Carter and Derek Moore fought their way through attraction and misunderstandings to get to where they are today. Sure, they’re still figuring out how to make things work between their careers and families, but their whole world is rose-tinted with the glow of new love.

Reality hits with the force of a speeding truck when a criminal starts waging a campaign of terror against the justice system. Suddenly law enforcement officers and lawyers all across the city are living in fear as their careers put them right in the cross-hairs of a deranged killer and James and Derek’s honeymoon period falls to ruins.

With James’s protectiveness driving a wedge between them and Derek pulling away as the target on his back grows even bigger, their future is thrown into jeopardy. While Derek struggles with demons from his past, it’s up to James to catch the killer and put them back on the path to their happily ever after.

Sequel to ‘Mens Rea’ published in the 2015 Daily Dose Anthology from Dreamspinner Press.

Too much action to get any action

There were a lot of things to like about this book and a few things that weren’t all that great. The plot was decent. I was a little confused about the ruckus that ensued over some dead birds and then I got to thinking that the reaction wasn’t unwarranted, just overblown (especially at first). This was a fast-paced read, which can be a good thing as long as nothing else suffers. The writing was clear, narratives and dialogues were well-formatted and not confusing, it was also well-edited and a decent length. Now for the nitpickery.

The MCs were great. I wanted a little more of Derek’s POV. I felt like I got to know him, but not really if you get what I mean. At the very least, I didn’t get to know him as well as I got to know James. The dialogues were witty. The banter between the MCs was engaging and character-appropriate. It seemed like the kind of stuff they would say and it was written the way they would say it personality-wise.

The peripheral and secondary characters were seamlessly included and I’m interested to see what happens with Daniel, Cohen, and yes, even Peter. I loved Sam and absolutely adored his girlfriend Lydia. I can’t pinpoint why she stood out for me, but her character was excellently written. I think the fact that she obviously loved Sam’s dad too, to the point that she knew where his clean laundry was likely to be, clinched it for me.

Because of the action, action and more action, we didn’t get enough bedroom action. I think if I were to go back through, this book was like, PG-13. Gasp! I seriously don’t remember any explicit sex. I don’t know who tops/bottoms or if they switch. I’m wracking my brain for the memory of a handie or a bj and I’ve got nothing. I’m 99.9% sure all the scenes were fade-to-black, eye-fucking, and morning cuddles.

That’s all very sweet, but … it’s also kind of a travesty because these guys, descriptively speaking, were super hot. I am SHOCKED that I enjoyed it as much as I did with the heinous lack of explicit sex. The chemistry must have been conveyed well. [Stares into space] … huh. Shaking my head here. I can’t explain it.

We also missed out on some crisis-free relationship development. We were left with an HFN (happy for now) ending with several loose ends that need to be tied up. Namely, Cohen’s handsy, not-so-secret admiration of James—which only James is oblivious to so far—Daniel’s heated explicit thoughts in the office need to be explored or explained as does his contentious relationship with Peter and whatever comes of the trial. Yeah. Definitely some loose ends, and I’m probably missing a couple. It wrapped up at a decent stopping point, but I bet there’s more to come.

I’d read it again, and I’d read an upcoming title in the series. Hopefully, the next book will still be about Derek and James, because honestly, it needs to be. As for whether or not you take the plunge to read this title and its short prequel, Mens Rea, well, that’s up to you. I enjoyed them and would recommend at least giving them a shot.

This review is cross-posted at Goodreads. Other reviews by NeRdyWYRM can be read here.

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Galley copy of Law and Disorder (Casus Fortuitus #2) provided by Brooke Edwards in exchange of an honest review.


I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents' full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates. Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don't have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it's any device with a Kindle app. I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I've surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital. I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there's not much out there I won't read. I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that 'smut' as she called it. I'd already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn't be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom. ~~wink-wink~~ My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It's served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there's nothing at all I'm unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.