Title: Skin and Bone (Digging Up Bones #2)
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Cloister Witte and his K-9 partner, Bourneville, find the lost and bring them home.
But the job doesn’t always end there.
Janet Morrow, a young trans woman, lies in a coma after wandering away from her car during a storm. But just because Cloister found the young tourist doesn’t mean she’s home. What brought her to Plenty, California… and who didn’t want her to leave?
With the help of Special Agent Javi Merlo, who continues to deny his growing feelings for the rough-edged deputy, Cloister unearths a ten-year-old conspiracy of silence that taps into Plenty’s history of corruption.
Janet Morrow’s old secrets aren’t the only ones coming to light. Javi has tried to put his past behind him, but some people seem determined to pull his skeletons out of the closet. His dark history with a senior agent in Phoenix complicates not just the investigation but his relationship with Cloister.
And since when has he cared about that?
It has been long time since I read number one, but it was almost unfairly easy to sink into story. Once again Javi and Cloister crash in storm of sparks and heated words. The pull between them is electric, painful and undeniable. It practically jumps out of page. It infuses the story with dangerous charm and promise of more. They are once again at dagger-heads but there is different taste to banter between them. They are halfway to love and running scared (in opposite direction) each for their own reasons.
I’m surprised at how much plot was packed in sparse details the story gives but still manages to keep reader firmly in its grip. (Cloister’s boss, Javi’s boss, politics and past misdeeds. Hate Javi’s boss, want to see him brought low in the next book.) I was on tenterhooks (Still am, keep wondering what’s going to happen in number three and sincerely hope it will be soon! )
The plot successfully managed to confound the heck out of me (don’t want to spoil it, but murderer appears pretty early it’s just that we don’t know it’s murderer! It’s awesome!) There are red herrings different motives for different people scraps of evidence and hidden clues. It’s pretty tame until explodes at the end grabbing each plot trail to race to stunning finish!
And Bourneville! For a character who doesn’t say a world thorough the story she definitely leaves impression.
Javi looked at the dog as she steadfastly ignored him.
“No,” he said. “Let her have it.”
A dog that could try to fool you was a dog that was smart enough to hold a grudge.
So, yes, I liked this one!