Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Long Shadows
Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law #1
Heroes: Jericho Crewe/Wade Granger
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 31, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.
Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.
When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.
Review: The struggle is real, folks. Once again I find myself at a crossroads when reviewing a story. This time, the struggle comes in the form of a book that is part one of a new series, but I was left wanting so much more after reading the first book. First and foremost, I grabbed this book just because I love the author, secondly the blurb was an attention grabber, and thirdly, I just needed a go-to author to help me through my reading slump. What I got was all that, with a small dose of disappointment that Jericho and Wade didn’t get any sexy time. I know, I know…stop being so superficial, but honestly I don’t read YA because I really love that sexy time and prefer it in my books. It makes me feel all grown up, ya know, and maybe it’s a female trait but, the sexy time equates to love for me. . I know we aren’t there in this relationship yet, but I still missed it.
However, that being said, I have high hopes that the next book with find Jericho and Wade reconnecting in ways that were alluded to in this book. One can hope. But in this premier of the return of Jericho to Big Sky Country in small town Montana we get a lot of twists and turns in ways that I, as the reader, took much enjoyment from and also found myself shaking my head. Jericho and Wade have history and that is what I wanted to read about, but first you have to tread through a surprise, but hideous, new step-mother, and a sheriff that was one of your best friends but now treats you like a suspect knowing you weren’t involved in the crimes that were committed that got Jericho to Montana to begin with. What I loved was his annoying way of pissing off the sheriff but what I hated was that he allowed himself to become a doormat to his new step mother even after she treated him like crap over and over again. I would have been outta there.
This is a mystery and a re-connection to one’s past and past relationships. Knowing that the mystery was going to take precedence over the relationship was a surprise, but I am a patient girl, and knowing this is the start of a series gives me hope for that relationship to rebuild. The writing is typical Kate Sherwood, which means it is solid, so I loved it but was left wanting more…here’s hoping that more arrives in the form of book two.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*