Trowchester Blues

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Trowchester Blues

A Trowchester Blues Novel, #1

This was my first time reading this author and I'm now a fan. I really enjoyed this book. Michael is a police detective who has seen one too many crimes scenes. After a forced retirement he heads back to the city he was raised in to try to put his life back together. His parent's home does nothing but bring back bad memories for him. While there he meets Finn who is his complete opposite. While Michael is dark and broody and hiding his sexuality, Finn is light-hearted, outgoing and completely in tune with being gay. Finn is also an ex criminal with a shady past. The two men begin a friendship and then a relationship. While trying to get things off the ground Finn's past catches up to him and throws the two men into crisis.

This story was well done and flowed really smoothly. The main characters were both really likable and even though they each had their demons I could understand where they were coming from. They were good together and their scenes together were both sweet and steamy. It all felt realistic and it wasn't too much in either direction. Not too angsty but not to insta-love either. The author throws in a little side story with a homeless girl that serves to show a different side to both men. I loved that little twist. It was a unique way to show the two men's deeper connection.

As I previously said it was my first time reading this author but it won't be my last. There's something I can't quite place my finger on that makes this author's storytelling unique. While I can't quite explain what it is, I like it and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series.

Book Blurb for Trowchester Blues

Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father's tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he's been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester-and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.

Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high-class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he's dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger-management issues is the last thing he should be doing.

Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.

This is the first in a series. All Trowchester Blue books can stand alone.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 4.00