Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Heroes: Jamie & Felix
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 60k words
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings.
Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.
When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.
When Jamie’s brother, Michael, goes missing, the police are convinced he drowned but Jamie knows his brother and there’s no way he could have drown. So he goes to Cornwall to pack up his brother’s things and figure out what happened to him. Unfortunately, all Jamie gets is more questions especially when he meets Felix, a guy who broke into Michael’s rental cottage. The attraction between Jamie and Felix is strong but they both have their own issues. While Jamie is trying to find his brother, Felix can’t seem to get over the death of his best friend, who he believes was murdered by someone who’s also connected to Michael’s disappearance. When things heat up between them, will they be able to act on the attraction while getting some answers to their heartbreak.
This was an interesting story. I liked that Jamie and Felix were able to bond over losing someone close to them. The first half of the story is focused mostly on trying to find out what happened to Michael while the second half is more focused on Jamie and Felix’s relationship. As characters, I really liked that they were different but also had a lot in common. I really enjoyed the emotions within the story too. Felix is still broken up with what happened to his best friend and he’s able to help Jamie a little bit dealing with losing Michael, even though he ends up making things worse in the end LOL.
I really loved this one but I had two issues. Mostly, there was too much sex for me that was back to back since they don’t really get together until well into the story. The other issue is that I was a little disappointed that after all the mystery behind Michael’s disappearance, we didn’t get to see the ‘resolution’ happen after Jamie confronts Weston. We’re told about it but I would have liked to actually see the discovery instead of being told about it.
In the end, this was still a great story. I really enjoyed the storyline with Jamie trying to figure out what happened to his missing brother. It had nice pacing and I liked the chemistry between Jamie and Felix. I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of these two because I’d love to see how their relationship develops in another six months or so!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*