Guest Reviewed by Trish
Author: Clare London
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 199 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: July 10, 2013 (originally published 2009)
Available at: Wilde City Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Freeman’s return to the city is quiet, without fuss. Another client: another case. He’ll source what they need and be on his way. But he’s been missed by more people than he thought: his ex-wife, his ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. And at least one of them wants him the hell gone again.
Freeman — private, controlled – just does his job. But when he strikes up an unusual friendship with the young runaway Kit, trouble comes looking for both men, ready to expose secrets that can destroy their fragile trust. Yet, for Kit, Freeman’s more than ready for the challenge.
I really enjoyed this story. I only read one other book by Clare London, so when The Blogger Girls asked me to participate in Mobster/Organized Crime week and I spotted this book on the Goodreads Listopia, I grabbed it up.
The prologue pulled me in right away, and as I continued to read the story, I hoped it stayed that way. It did. The story focuses on Freeman. Who is he, what’s he up to, who does he know, why is he back in his old neighborhood?? Lots of questions, and eventually we get answers. He’s a very mysterious character. The story is told from his point of view, and it definitely allowed the author to control when the reader will become privy to all the secrets. Did I mention Freeman is a hottie pants? No? Well, he is, and what I loved about his character is that he is rather humble and reserved, it’s his wit and patience that is a total turn on. Then we meet Kit. A few years younger than Freeman and caught up in the middle of Freeman’s old life. Kit is smart too but he’s lost his way in life. He’s on his own because of conflicts with his family which lead him to hook up with a group of men who “work” for a local business man named George. He’s basically a crime boss who thinks a bit highly of himself.
I can’t discuss the details because there are “reveals” throughout the story, and I don’t want to ruin the excellent story building that this author created. It’s clear, however, that Freeman returned to his old neighborhood for a specific reason and meeting Kit and learning he’s involved with his old gang was not one of them.
The story balanced both the romance and mystery aspects pretty well. I appreciated that one did not overshadow the other. The pacing was perfect, in my opinion, and no part of the mystery was left unresolved to the reader. This is not an action story, it’s all about Freeman, what he is and how he slowly and methodically takes down the local crime boss. This was a solid story, with solid characters and solid mystery.
Sometimes I come across a story/author that finds a perfect balance of colorful descriptives without tipping the scale into too much prose. This is one such story. Not only did I enjoy Freeman’s internal dialogue, but I appreciated it as well. He wasn’t the most conversational character created, so his POV pulled the story together nicely.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*