Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Double Indemnity
Author: Maggie Kavanagh
Series: The Stonebridge Mysteries #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sam Flynn dreamed of being a journalist until a car accident killed his parents and put his brother into a long-term coma. Now Sam spends his days as a landscaper toiling in the New England sun and his nights drunk in bed with the closest warm body. In his limited spare time, he writes about Stonebridge’s local crime and politics on his blog “Under the Bridge.”
Then Sam’s favorite client is found dead in her home—shortly after telling him someone has betrayed her trust. Sam can’t believe her grief-stricken husband Nathan would be a suspect, but the investigation hones in on him. Sam has always admired handsome Nathan from afar, but now he puts his libidinous feelings aside to help clear his name. However, the closer he gets to Nathan, the more he’s told to keep away from him and the investigation—by the fatherly police chief, by an officer on the case who’s hated him since school, and by Nathan himself.
Sam’s determined to expose the real reason his friend died and clear Nathan’s name—even if it’s the last thing he does. Which, considering how fast the death toll is increasing in Stonebridge… it might be.
Review: I really like this story. It was more than it a romance, it was more than a murder mystery. It was a well thought out novel with characters that were so thoroughly developed that I felt like I knew them. The primary and secondary characters were all either totally likable, or so awful you wanted to strangle them, but they both gave enough substance to the story to keep me entertained. I was so totally entertained I wanted to immediately go onto book two, but knew that I needed to write my review before I got everything all mangled in my head. Knowing that Sam and Nathan star in the next book, and that they further develop their budding relationship makes me eager to get my thoughts down on paper so that I can get back to reading.
I saw one review that said they were going to pass on this book because the romance was secondary to the mystery. I totally disagree. The romance and the mystery are intertwined and one wouldn’t exist without the other. Neither took precedence, and I would categorize this more as a romantic mystery. Highly entertaining, fast paced, but without rushing into anything.
Nathan is gorgeous and mysterious. Sam finds himself falling into lust with the man, but the fact that he’s a grieving widow, and that his dead wife is someone that Sam liked, makes it kind of hard to follow through on their mutual attraction. When these two get together, it is really hot and steamy, and worth the wait. It was probably a good thing there was a mystery to solve because otherwise my Nook would have melted.
So basically, in this first installment, Sam and Nathan are trying to avoid their attraction for each other while the murder of Nathan’s estranged wife is being solved. That doesn’t work out too well for them, sexy time is important after all, but they do give us just enough to see the relationship slowly building and gives us, the reader, something to look forward to. Trust me when I say, this is more than a mystery and that the romance is everything I like in my MM stories, and more.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*