Sleuth LCC: Birds of a Feather by Etienne is a great mix of mystery and romance. I was immediately swept up into the fast paced and well written storyline and I thought the characters were not only appealingly unique and sexy; they were very likeable wonderfully flawed people that gave me several hours of delicious escapism from my everyday ho-hum life with.
Quentin Quasar is a detective with the added advantage of telepathic powers and whenever he's on a case, these powers have helped him time and again at solving any case he's working on and also being very successful with his career. But, there are also unfortunate disadvantages of peeking into other people's minds, especially if they are thinking something unflattering while peeking into other people's minds, especially if they are thinking something unflattering about Quentin or who he cares about.
Although Quentin has had rounds of casual sex, he longs for a lover to spend his life with. One day when he opens his minds to seek another like him, he's in total shock that there was someone sending deliberately sending physic messages his way. When he soon discovers that the man, Nick, is in trouble and needs his help and when Quentin saves the day, both men are soon swept up in a whirlwind of a romance that will stand the test of time.
I loved this book! I particularly enjoy the author Etienne's writing style and ability to easily pull this reader into the creative and mysterious world in which he creates. The storyline moves smoothly along and the characters are easy to care about. Birds of a Feather is actually the fourth book in the Avondale series. Although, I thought it had a slightly different tone to the series, it was still an asset to the series and this reader because of its uniquely fresh characters and Etienne's solid writing skills.
Birds of a Feather could be easily be read as a stand-alone book in the series, but I DO recommend that this series be read in series order. ALL of the Avondale books are highly enjoyable and once you read this book, you'll definitely want to read the others.
Here are the names of the Avondale books in series order: Bodies of Work, Drag and Drop, Break and Enter and Sleuth LCC: Birds of a Feather. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this series. While the Birds of a Feather is and the Avondale have a firm place on my keeper shelf, I'm anxiously awaiting to read more by the author, Etienne so I can have many more hours of blissful enjoyment.
Quentin Quasar has found that being a telepath is a mixed bag: it's great when he's catching an unfaithful spouse or tracking down a thief, but it's horrible when his bedmate is thinking unflattering thoughts during sex. It's no wonder that instead of saying his prayers every night, Quentin sends tendrils of thought out into the world, looking for another telepath to ease the loneliness. Imagine his surprise when he finds one-and the young man needs help!
Nate Braddock was plenty panicked at being kidnapped by fanatics who planned to "beat the devil" out of him. With Quentin's help, and then his partnership, Nate finds the courage to take a stand against his mother's religious intolerance and together they'll confront an uncomfortable truth: telepaths may not be devils, but not all of them are angels either. Quentin and Nate will need their combined gifts to tell the difference.