Book Review: Swordplay by Chris T. Kat

Reviewed by Nikyta

SwordplayLGTitle: Swordplay
Author: Chris T. Kat
Series: Jeff Woods Mystery #3
Heroes: Jeff & Alex
Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 22, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: After leaving his dream job as an Atlantic City detective, Jeff Woods has moved to Washington DC with his life partner, Alex Fisher, and Alex’s disabled little brother Sean. Parker Trenkins, Jeff’s ex-partner on the force, has made the move as well, along with his significant other David. Jeff and Parker partner up once again, but in a new way, as owners of their own detective agency.

Life is difficult at the best of times. Sean loses sight in one of his eyes, a direct result of being pushed into the Atlantic by a homicidal maniac a year ago. In his struggle to deal with everything, a restless Alex enrolls in tai chi classes at a nearby school.

As it happens, a murder case Jeff and Parker take involves the head of that very tai chi school, Charles Cooper. Cooper is a suspect in the murder of a financial corporation official. He appears to have motive. Jeff and Parker’s investigation arouses the real killer’s interest, and if they don’t uncover his identity soon, it may be too late for them.



Moving to Washington DC might have been the best decision for Alex, Sean and Jeff. Not to mention that David and Parker are there as support especially when they learn Sean’s losing sight in one of his eyes. They’ve had a chance to start over, though, and now Jeff and Parker are once again working together as private detectives for their own agency. When they get a case involving a beheading and the suspect is Alex’s well-known tai chi instructor, it puts Jeff in a horrible situation because of his need to protect Alex from harm. As the case progresses, lies and deception start to come out and before they know it, they’re caught in something way more complex than they were expecting.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book since I finished the last one. I couldn’t wait to see where Jeff and Alex went to next and how their lives would change. For the most part, their lives are better. Jeff is more open with Alex and their relationship is stronger than ever. But things aren’t all that great because when it comes to Sean, he’s having the worst luck. It’s heartbreaking to read about that because Sean’s had it very rough especially since he’s already disabled.

It really affects Alex and Jeff but it also brings them closer together because they have to lean on one another. It’s sad because they left Atlantic City to get away from all the hurt caused there but it just seems to follow them anyway, they just can’t catch a break! Still, I adored them as characters. Sean is adorable and Jeff creates more of a connection with him daily. But also, Alex is starting to learn he doesn’t need to do everything on his own anymore and now has family to pick up the slack. Jeff is starting to realize that to keep Alex he has to stop being so overbearing. It was interesting to see all that play out especially because Parker and David were there as well.

I really enjoyed this continuation to the series but I missed the action and suspense I’ve come to expect when reading a Jeff Woods Mystery. In previous books, I was always on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next and while I still love Jeff and Alex, I wanted more of the action I’ve come to expect. As it was, the action didn’t show up until the very end. One thing that did nag me was the fact that they were essentially broke and counting their pennies… but Alex was attending tai chi school, which couldn’t have been cheap. I could understand why he needed it but, for someone who counts her own pennies, I found that a little strange as it definitely wasn’t helping their financial situation.

All in all, this was still a great continuation to the series. I loved seeing more of Jeff and Alex and also Parker, David & Sean. This one was a little more sad than the others because Sean’s condition is getting worse, so it’s more emotional than previous books. Still, I found the mystery intriguing and I adored the way Alex and Jeff have grown as a couple. I’m eager to see what happens next in their future!

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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