Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Closer by Morning
Author: Thom Collins
Heroes: Matt Blyth/Dale Zachary
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 237 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Passion and love bring them together. Murder could tear them apart.
When Matt Blyth, a handsome young lawyer, joins an early morning boot camp, all he wants is to get in shape. His thirtieth birthday is approaching fast. He’s ready to throw away the past and embrace a new future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love…or become embroiled in murder.
Dale Zachary, an American actor, is stuck firmly in the closet. He spent his twenties playing good-looking jocks in bad horror films and romantic comedies. But that boy-next-door act has a limited shelf life. Dale lands the role of his career playing a sexy, psychotic killer in a major British TV series. It’s a part that could make him a star. It’s no time to fall in love, but when Dale meets Matt, the attraction is impossible to resist and they both fall hard.
Someone is killing young men in the city. A killer like no other. The murders bear an uncanny resemblance to the script Dale is shooting. A devious mind is at work. As their relationship becomes more complex, Matt and Dale find the murders intruding further into their lives. The killer is closing in on his next target. It could be either one of them…or both.
Review: This story had me all twisted up. I loved the mystery. I loved the premise. I loved being wrong about the murderer and was surprised when my top two suspects were exonerated and one even ended up being a victim himself. I loved the relationship between Dale and Matt. And I was crushed for Conrad. But…
I struggled with the writing style, and I have a very difficult time reading books where every character has their own point of view. I really, really, do not like that. Now one of those people ends up being the murderer, so I understand why that person’s view was told, but too many insignificant people, in my opinion, got face time, and it took away some of my reading pleasure.
I admit the writing style almost caused me to DNF this book not once, but twice; however, I was so invested in Matt and Dale, and wanting to see how the murder mystery played out, that I couldn’t put it down. So on the one hand, it’s a great story, but on the other, the way it was written was not for me. So, yeah, I was all twisted up. But on a good note, I am always happy when the murder mystery surprises me, and in this case, the murderer was my third choice as a possible suspect and turned out to be the complete psycho I expected them to be.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*