Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Double Coverage
Author: R.W. Clinger
Heroes: Johny Knight/Matthew McDestin/Beckley Roarke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 159 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: August 10, 2014
Available at: JMS Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Who is murdering the Eastern States Football League officials in Vanmer, Pennsylvania? And why is the killer using Vanmer Vipers’ helmets as murder weapons?
Johnny Knight, photojournalist for the Independent, takes on one of the most dangerous jobs and responsibilities he has ever attempted. As he begins to unravel clues about the Helmet Killer murders, he uncovers a gambling ring involving numerous Viper players and a real estate mogul with a town full of secrets. And what about the missing money from the first victim, a whopping nine hundred thousand dollars? Is a Viper footballer paying off his steep gambling debts by murdering well-to-do officials?
Along the way, Johnny falls in love with two very attractive and different men — the sexy owner of McMuscles Gym, Matthew McDestin, and the jockish running back for the Vanmer Vipers, Beckley Roarke. Both have a piece of Johnny’s heart, and both really don’t want to share Johnny. So what’s a detective to do when he’s seeing two hotties at the same time?
Can Johnny piece together the puzzle of murder and bring the Helmet Killer to justice, putting Vanmer at peace again?
Review: I had no idea what this book was about when I selected it to review but chose it because of the cover and my love of football. Maybe not a great reason to choose a book, but it worked out for me, because this one turned into a nice little surprise.
I was completely unsure what I had gotten myself into when I first started reading, because the writing style was completely different than what I am used to, and the romance was kind of-sort of secondary, and not gushy, and definitely written from what I would consider an extremely male point of view. It reminded me of my hubby in that there are no excessive words or details, just gets right to the point. For instance, a character would say…”hey, what’s up…let’s fuck” and that was kind of refreshing in a dirty sort of way.
Johnny is the main character, and the book is written from his point of view. He starts out as a photojournalist with lots of gay friends on the local football team, the police department, the gym…you name it, they live here in Johnny’s town. A murderer is on the loose, and Johnny is convinced to snoop around and become his own private dick. During this mystery solving adventure, Johnny is also in the midst of falling for two men. But in his mind, he can’t sleep with two at the same time, because to him, that’s just not right. Or is it?
This story reads fast, the chapters are short and straight to the point, and the tale reads almost like a gay soap opera with lots of sidekicks and one major player. It started out a little slow, but I think that was just my needing to wrap my mind around the writing style, but once I caught on, it was smooth sailing, and I really enjoyed it. If you are okay with very little romance then I think you will too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*