Title: Law and Disorder (Casus Fortuitus #2)
Author: Brooke Edwards
Release Date: August 31, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 141 pages
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.
Casus Fortuitous Series