Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Series: Circles #5
Heroes: Tyler & Linden
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 94 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Tyler McCall has made mistakes. He was a teacher—before he fell for a student in his school. That misstep cost him his job and everything he’d worked for. He moved to the Black Hills of Wyoming to start his life over, and he’s happy working at the Big Rock Inn near Devils Tower.
Linden Bourne, a no-nonsense FBI agent Tyler had met before, returns to Wyoming hot on the trail of a killer. The previously unexplored attraction between them grows—which is good considering they’ll be spending a lot of time together when a blizzard strands them at the inn. Cut off from the outside world, with no power, they’ll need to rely on their wits and each other to survive.
Especially when it becomes clear they’re not alone—and the danger they face comes from more than the elements.
Tyler moved to Wyoming when he made a mistake that ended his career. Now ten years later, he’s happily working at an inn when FBI Agent Linden Bourne shows up almost accusing him of possible murder. But soon Linden realizes Tyler couldn’t be a suspect especially when some mysterious person is terrorizing Tyler and Linden while they’re stuck in a blizzard. Now they must fight for their lives and try to survive a person who’s hellbent on cutting them off from the world and making them their next victim.
I’ve really enjoyed these stories in the Circle series. Aside from the first two books, these can be read as standalones so you don’t need to read the whole series to read this one. I really liked both of these characters. I expected Tyler to be more hardened and almost bitter because of what’s happened to him but he was sweet and almost timid but more comfortable with who and where he was. As for Linden, I’m not quite sure if I liked him. I couldn’t really understand him because he went from believing Tyler was a suspect to meeting him for five minutes and thinking he wasn’t. Add to that, we didn’t really get much of who he was as a person so I didn’t feel like we really knew him. Although, I did like how protective he was of Tyler and how close they got so quickly.
There were a few things I was confused on, though, such as why Linden would follow up on a guy who was in a different state that he could have easily looked up flights or traffic cameras or really anything that would have given Tyler an alibi instead of going all that way Wyoming to interrogate him. Add to that, I really wished instead of getting the prologue we got, we would have gotten the one where Linden and Tyler first met because that would have had more to do with the story than what was given. It also took a really long time to figure out how much time had passed between the prologue and the first chapter so I was constantly questioning how long Tyler had been in Wyoming.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I loved Tyler and Linden as characters and I was very intrigued by the mystery and trying to figure out who was killing all these people. I also liked the bit of action that resulted in the resolution. Definitely give this a go if you’ve enjoyed this series so far and looking for a quick action story with a bit of sweetness to it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*