Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Veiled Loyalties
Author: Scotty Cade
Series: Bissonet & Cruz Investigations #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 154 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Halloween is Beau Bissonet’s favorite holiday, from carving pumpkins to decorating his yard to donning a costume and scaring the neighborhood kids. But this year his Halloween is about to take a different turn, one that will challenge his skills as a detective and his commitment to his partner in work and love.
A year since Beau and Tollison solved The Royal Street Heist, found love, and formed Bissonet & Cruz Investigations, they are thriving personally and professionally. That is until Tollison’s ex, Bastien Andros, shows up out of the blue. Naturally, Beau’s suspicious, but two days after Bastien’s arrival, he goes missing, and Tollison worries his past may catch up to him.
A mysterious package makes clear who has Bastien and what’s at stake. With both Bastien and Beau’s lives now at risk, Tollison has only one option: travel to Zurich, Switzerland, secure and deliver the ransom, keep both men safe, and stay true to himself at the same time.
Review: Tollison’s ex comes to town and gets kidnapped. Tollison wants to rescue him, but not put his current lover, Beau, at risk. Together they must get involved to solve another crime of international proportions.
There’s tension between the lovers because of the “exes” but most of the work is aimed at solving the mystery.
What I really liked about book one was the strong sexual tension and the snarky “love/hate” relationship between Beau and Toll. This is totally gone in book two, and instead, we have a couple, admittedly volatile, but when they fight they resolve things very quickly and lovingly. Usually I would be psyched about this, but it left me a little cold this time around because it meant so much of the focus was on the mystery and I just didn’t care that much about it.
I think that if you like mysteries with a romantic bent – this is your story/series, but if the romance is your central focus, you might find this a bit lacking.
Scotty Cade writes very well, and I had no problems with his story line; it just wasn’t my taste.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*