Reviewed by Susan65
Authors: R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton
Series: Salisbury Stories #2
Heroes: Greg Drakowski/Jonathan Ellis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 297 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?
Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.
This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.
Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.
When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.
Review: Book two in the Salisbury series continues on with the restoration of the Laurels, the restaurant that was burned down in book one, Heat. I understand that each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but trust me when I say it would be much more enjoyable if you know the history of the people and place before you read, Ice.
This story starts out really sad. I was expecting some action considering one of the main characters is a thief, but I wasn’t expecting it to take off like a rocket. That first chapter is basically a pretty good summary of who and what Greg is and does for a living. He seemed like such a great guy for being a high-end criminal. I was, however, just a little surprised that he was also so talented in woodworking, but that is explained later on. Maybe a little too convenient for this diamond heist, but it fit with the story, so I ran with it.
Jon and his wood restoration company were hired to bring the Laurels back to life after the fire that nearly killed the guys from book one and almost destroyed their restaurant. Lewis and Devon play a pretty major role in this book, so I highly suggest you read that one first. The ways Rachel acts will confuse anyone who isn’t properly introduced to her in book one.
This is not a sex-fest, and although the attraction is real from the get-go, they do not act on it (besides a little flirting, and some heavy kissing) until over half way through the book. I guess you could say this is slow-burn, even though the time frame is quite short. A part of me was cheering that it wasn’t instant lust and jumping straight in the sack, but another part of me was like “stop teasing me!!”.
I really liked Greg, and I understood why he did what he did, and I understood Jon and why he got pissed about it, but I wasn’t quite ready for the “I love you’s” and would have preferred that they didn’t say them at all. The time frame was just too short, and they really didn’t know each other enough, in my opinion, for such strong declarations. I admit the strong attraction, caring, and desire for a real relationship was there, but I didn’t think they knew each other well enough by that point. If I could have changed anything it would have been to give these guys a happy for now ending. I know, shoot me.
So yeah, my opinion will probably not be the popular vote, and really, who doesn’t love a happily ever after…especially after your life is almost extinguished before you were really able to live? But Greg is given a second chance, Jon has found his soul mate, and the bad guy is yippee-ki-yay, so I am happy with the outcome and I spent an enjoyable couple days curled up with a good book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*