That Rat, Carter Janson (Ana’s Review)

Title: That Rat, Carter Janson (States of Love)
Author: Amy Spector
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 19th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 106 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Every man has secrets, but some are bigger than others….

Felix Peake escaped a shady past to carve out a successful career as an expert in Mesopotamian art and gain the respect of the Chicago art community. But when an assistant curator—a man Felix could easily see himself falling for—asks him to reauthenticate a cuneiform tablet to avoid a looming scandal, Felix’s carefully constructed life could crumble.

The tablet is a fake, and Felix is intimately familiar with the artist. Master forger Carter Janson—Felix’s ex and first love—disappeared from his life six years before without a word of explanation. Now, to hold his world together, Felix must find the original tablet, steal it back, and replace the forgery—all before the museum exhibit debuts. It’ll mean slipping back into a role Felix wanted to leave behind and risking his promising future. But even then, he can’t do it alone. He’ll have to confront that rat, Carter Janson.

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Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

I loved it from the cover to the end. The old building looks stunning. I loved the emphasis on the word rat on the title that connect perfectly with the hatred look of the guy. It was fantastic to see so much emotion laying in one simple word. The cover itself tells a story.

I loved it, every bit of it. It was really fun to read. There are some really unexpected events that made it hard to put it down, even though I try to read it as slow as possible because I wanted to last longer. The length might be the only issue I had about it.

Felix was such a fun character to read. I love the author’s sense of humor and Felix was the personification of it. Carter was also an amazing character but it was Felix’s point of view and personality that I enjoyed the most. I loved seeing both sides of the story. It put in perspective what we think about Carter when we only being able to see him through Felix’s eyes. He was lovely and I think most readers would love him very easily. The secondary characters are also fantastic, every single one of them had some interesting story to tell. I was particularly interested on knowing more about David Pike, not necessary for being nice, but he was very intriguing.

It was a very lighthearted book. It had some conflicts, but nothing too angsty. I loved how easy was to get in touch with Felix and Carter’s emotions. It was beautiful to see the love but also the pain and resentment. Even though the book center more in solving the problem they were dealing with than trying to make an overly romantic love story, I found the few romantic scenes very appealing. I had a great time reading. It keep me smiling all the time. I would recommend it to any reader. It was great.

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Galley copy of That Rat, Carter Janson provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books


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