Title: Warrior’s Way (Coulter and Woodard #1)
Author: MJ Calabrese
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Genre(s): Gay mystery/suspense
Page Count: 266 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Hello, tall, dark and handsome.’ Out and proud gay Albuquerque Homicide Detective Eagle Woodard studied Dr. Adam Coulter, criminal profiler, with a clinical eye. ‘Slender build…narrow waist, but nicely muscled underneath that Hugo Boss suit. People think you work out, Kemo, but you don’t.’ Eagle’s dark eyes narrowed. ‘You know I hate that day old beard look, but you were probably too wasted to bother. Nice eyes, green when they aren’t blood shot. Flawless tanned skin except for that tiny scar through your left eyebrow.’ The former Army Ranger grinned. ‘I gave that to you accidentally when we were 8 years old. When you stood up for this Navajo kid in an all white school. We both got our asses kicked.’ Eagle sighed and shook his head. That was the day he’d fallen in love with 4 times married, 4 times divorced, current roommate, Adam Coulter.
Eagle and Adam are faced with their toughest challenge yet. They must find an active serial killer before he strikes again. With the powers that be not cooperating and the killer proving to be elusive, will Eagle and Adam be able to stop the murderer while navigating their changing relationship?
First let me start by saying that I am sooooo glad there is going to be a second book because if not I would have been really disappointed. Now let me explain, this was a truly incredible mysterious read. I was on the edge of my seat through this read because even though you are able to figure out who the bad guy or guys are, you do not see what it coming. But you know that it is something and you just do not know when it is going to happen or the fall out after it does happen. If this had been only one book, the ending would have left me feeling incomplete so for that reason I am glad there will be another book!
Eagle is former military and now Detective. He loves his job but he also loves his best friend Adam as well even though Adam is straight. That does not stop Eagle from trying to watch out for him though. Adam and Eagle have known each other since they were kids and have been living together for a few years now after Adam’s fourth disastrous marriage. It works for them because Eagle is able to keep an eye on his best friend.
When Eagle gets a call asking not only him but Adam to help the FBI with a case that they are working on, Eagle agrees to at least find out what is going on. Adam is a Doctor with the force that Eagle works for and helps in cases when needed. He is good at profiling cases and seeing things that others can miss. So this makes the FBI’s interest in these two men even greater.
When the FBI agent Rick Kessler shows up and lays out the plan to catch a very dangerous serial killer, Adam is not on board at first. He is not real comfortable with pretending to be a gay couple and going as far as to do a huge wedding at a special event that will put both men in the killers eyesight. Not to mention the fact that part of the plan is to also cheat on one another before the wedding since that is one of the factors the killer seems to look for.
What happens when this fake relationship starts to become more real? How will Adam handle the fact that Rick is interested in Eagle so much so that he is willing to not divulge all the information that could keep them safe? Can Eagle and Adam keep each other safe or will Eagle, for the first time ever, not listen when Adam tells him something is off?
This was an incredible read. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I would have been severely disappointed if this was not intended to be a series because then I would have felt cheated. Now all I can say is, I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. And hopefully soon!!! This is an Incredible Read!!!
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