Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Buried Secrets
Author: Hank Edwards
Heroes: Bryson Franklin/Sam LeClaire/Deniel Riggs
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 153 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Bryson Franklin made bad choices in his past. When he inherits his grandparents’ farm outside the small town of Willow River, however, he sees it as a chance for a fresh start. But patterns from his past resurface when Bryson takes up with Daniel Riggs, his bad boy neighbor, and he soon finds himself helping Daniel cover up a murder. After Bryson breaks things off with Daniel, the kindness and attention of handsome sheriff’s deputy Sam LeClaire gives him hope, but when Daniel shows up on Bryson’s doorstep a year later, will Bryson be able to resist temptation?
Review: I finished reading this story over a week ago and could not wrap my mind around what I’d read, let alone find the words to put down on paper. I love murder mysteries, horror, suspense, betrayal, you name it; if it’s a trigger for some readers, it’s probably a winner for me. But this one kind of took me off my game. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was seriously messed up and I’m not sure if I really liked it or not. I’m talking we have a grade A psycho on the one hand, a gullible and slow nutcase on the other hand, and a sweet but slow wallflower waiting for his turn. The perfect storm for messed up characters.
I still have no idea how to process this story. For one, Daniel may have been hot, but he was a complete and utter ass. What Bryson ever saw in him, and why he allowed himself to be used, is completely amazing to me. Not only did Daniel show his true colors, over and over again, but Bryson had such low self esteem that he’d accepted it. I also found it nearly impossible to believe that Bryson could believe he was culpable in any way, shape, or form, not once, but twice, no matter the circumstance. Poor Sam. Here is an incredible man crushing on another man who spends his nights being a doormat to a third man. Sam you should have walked away….just chalked it up to a bad idea and walked away.
But still, I know Bryson isn’t as bad as I make him out to be. I just wanted to smack him…over and over again. And I know his past history helped form his low opinion of himself. I also know as the reader that I have insider information that Bryson did not, but still…I really wanted to knock him over the head with the bloody shovel from the cover because he annoyed me so badly. Daniel is just an awful human being, and I think I hated that he and Bryson had the lion’s share of this story. So, I cannot even consider this a true romance novel. It ended spectacularly, but Sam and Daniel really did not get enough page time together to make me love this book.
I am a huge Hank Edwards fan, and I loved both the Venom Valley and the Up To Trouble series, but this one was just okay for me. Maybe if Sam and Bryson got together a little sooner it would have been better, but regardless, it’s Hank Edwards and he’s an amazing writer, so I will chalk this up to an anomaly and move on.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*