Roses in the Devil’s Garden (Crabbypatty’s review)

Title: Roses in the Devil’s Garden (Fallen Rose #1)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 67
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Working for the Bureau of Prohibition means facing dangerous criminals, desperate gangsters, speakeasies springing up overnight, a city controlled by corruption, and an employer that can’t be trusted. If that’s not enough, best friends and lovers Harlan Mackay and Nathan Reilly still bear the scars—both seen and unseen—that they earned fighting in the First World War. When a ghost from the past resurfaces to destroy everything they hold dear, it might be the last straw for Harlan and Nathan.

New York City is a war zone, the government is in the pocket of organized crime, and the exposure of their illicit romance is a constant danger. For Harlan and Nathan, it’s not a question of whether they’ll escape unscathed, but of which enemy will get them first….

Second Edition (First Edition published by Charlie Cochet, May 2012.)

For such a short novella, Cochet does a wonderful job of giving us the feel of the Prohibition era in New York City. Harlan McKay and Nathan Reilly first met during World War I and have been together for seven years, working for the Bureau. Each man carries the weight of wartime memories and they’ve been to hell and back together; the love and trust they share is strong.

“No more suffering in silence. What we saw over there… what we experienced? No one walked away from that untouched. I know you’re trying to protect me, but don’t. I love you, all of you, and I’m here with you.

That love is tested when childhood friend (and ex-lover) Danny Brogan reappears in Nathan’s life and the men, along with Detective John Flynn, work together to bring down a dangerous criminal and ferret out police corruption.

I like that Nate and Harley are an established couple and have a life together. Danny and John seem to be headed for a relationship, and Julius seems to have an interesting backstory as well. There is a second book in the Fallen Rose series and I look forward to this and any additional books in the series. A strong 4 stars for “Roses in the Devil’s Garden.”

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader