Dyeing to be Loved (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #1)

Title: Dyeing to be Loved (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #1)
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Murder/Mystery
Page Count: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.

Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again – his heart.

Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?

Dyeing to be Loved is the first book in the Curl Up and Dye Mystery series. These books are written to be read in order. They contain sexually explicit material and are intended for adults 18 and older. **Please note this book was re-edited and reformated July 2017 to include the prequel Fatal Reaction.

Cliffhanger Alert

All in all I liked it a lot, especially that it’s from both Jazz and Gabe’s POV. I’m especially glad in the edition I picked up for free on Amazon a little while ago, and the audio, included the original prequel story.

This is actually my second time trying to read this, this first time I gave up because it didn’t include the prequel, which made it almost impossible for me because it felt like I was missing something big,
and having the prequel makes all the difference in the world.

What also made a huge difference was Joel Leslie’s narration. He makes it so that the emotion jumps off the page. It’s very easy to follow along between the different characters with distinctive character voices, and it seems so effortless the way he’s able to really punch up the storyline. Joel has the enviable ability to immerse himself and become the characters giving them passion and personality.

Three things I disliked: The time and scene jumps, Jazz’s maddening hot/cold routine (which thankfully warms up by the end), and the cliffhanger. However, they are in no way stacked against the things I liked, or the narration I loved. I’m definitely grabbing book two!

3 stars story, 5 stars narration = 4 stars total

Curl Up and Dye Mysteries Series

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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