Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Guardian Angel
Author: Adam Carpenter
Series: Jimmy McSwain Files #4
Heroes: Jimmy McSwain
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: September 3, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The dual forces of good and evil take center stage in this, the fourth installment in the Jimmy McSwain Files, one that finds the tortured, sexy detective battling an unforeseen enemy: happiness. Yet murder will soon rear its desperate chill, hurtling Jimmy into the highest society and the lowest of lives.
Winter is nearly upon Manhattan, the holidays right around the corner. Jimmy is hired to escort the infamous tabloid favorite Serena Carson to a charity benefit, intent on guarding her from an abusive ex. Yet the job takes a brutal turn as Henderson Carlyle, the privileged, spoiled lothario, is found sliced to death outside of Serena’s brownstone. The cops warn Jimmy away from the case, including his former lover, Captain Francis X. Frisano. Jimmy has his hands full anyway, as his visiting cousin Kellan was found beaten by one-time family friend, Mickey Dean, a Hell’s Kitchen thug with a dark past and even darker threat. As the snow falls and answers remain buried, Jimmy finds himself thrown into the midst of two conflicting cases, one of which will expose a dormant clue to the long-unsolved murder of his NYPD cop, Joseph McSwain. Complicating matters is a new man in Jimmy’s life, who promises Jimmy security and safety, neither word easy for him to accept. When fate sends Jimmy’s world into turmoil, he realizes there’s a devil at work in a season usually owned by angels.
Review: Jimmy McSwain is one of my favorite PI guys. He’s a wonderful character who is dedicated to his job with the mystery of his father’s death still unsolved and always on his mind. He takes us through the streets of New York as he tries to solve his various cases, and at this point, we’ve gotten to know him pretty well. He is focused on his job and helping other people, usually putting that and his family before himself.
As far as his relationships go, Jimmy is a bit torn. The steamy attraction he and sexy Captain Frisano have is undeniable. I so badly want them to be happy together, but there are some major issues in the way of that happening. Number one is Frisano’s closeted status on the job. He is dedicated to his career and has been on that path since he was very young, destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. So, it doesn’t seem as though him coming out any time soon is anything but a pipe dream. They try to fight their attraction, but it isn’t easy. And them together is some hot stuff.
Jimmy doesn’t really feel there is any room in his life for a relationship at this point anyway, so he and the Captain take a break. Jimmy tries to make a go with it with someone he meets and actually date them, but he realizes pretty quickly that it isn’t right. Again, he is more focused on his cases and his family, which is really what these stories are about. These are more PI stories with a side of romance, which I found really worked well here. It’s Jimmy McSwain, it’s who he is and what he does and what makes him such an interesting character.
He is on a new case this time around, or I should say a few cases, but they all seem to tie together. He seems to get closer to the truth about his father while trying to solve the other cases, and there seems to be a lot of secrets and more hints of crooked cops. I love this series, and will stick with Jimmy until he finds all the answers he is looking for. I can’t wait for the next installment, especially now that it looks like he and Captain Sexy have given in. 🙂
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*