That Rat, Carter Janson (Steph’s Review)

Title: That Rat, Carter Janson (States of Love)
Authors: Amy Spector
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 106
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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

After reading Chapter One, I honestly thought this book was going to read like a “Thomas Crown Affair” type of story. There was a hint of that, but it ended up being so much more. I do think given the art forgery part, the story itself should have been longer. I only say this, because at times it felt like some parts of the story seemed rushed. Honestly, given more growth in several different areas this story could have easily been 4.5 stars, no doubt.

What I did love:

  • The beginning. How the author set up the connection between Felix and Carter and following through to how their relationship ended.
  • The entertaining characters. I really loved the dry humor and sarcasm of the characters in the story.
  • How when Felix and Carter met once again, even with the anger on Felix’s end, it was like they were still them; a couple. It was nice to not have all the craziness for once; which I also felt worked well with the personalities of the MCs.

What was okay/wanted more of:

  • Carter Janson’s character needed more development.
  • Some areas of the book felt rushed. For example, Felix meeting Jay which then led to his cousin Titus. A bit too convenient/plausible IMO, yet understandable given the length of the book.

All in all, this was a fun quick read with low angst even given the two MCs situation.

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


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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