Reviewed by Ami
Title: Love is Heartless
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Love Can’t #2
Heroes: Nevin Ng/Colin Westwood
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 254 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.
Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
Review: Love is Heartless is the second installment to Kim Fielding’s “Love Can’t” series which starts with Love Can’t Conquer, released last year. It features Nevin Ng, a detective in the Vulnerable Adult and Elder Crimes Unit of Portland Police Bureau, who is also Jeremy’s (the main character from the first book) cop buddy.
This book hit me in ALL the right places. I love prickly characters in romance especially those who also don’t believe in relationships. There is something gratifying about reading when these characters realize they are falling in love.
And Nevin Ng, former troubled foster kid who becomes a detective for those in need, fits this category really well. Nevin is as prickly as porcupine! He swears a lot, he disregards the law – I mean he likes parking in illegal spots (*laugh*) — and Nevin is totally a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy. Nevin doesn’t do relationships, he does not believe in falling in love. No siree.
So imagine the fun I had reading how Nevin started to care and later to feel for Colin Westwood, a true romantic at heart – Colin planned his future wedding back in grade school – loves his romantic movies, is the owner of a cat named Legolas, and most definitely doesn’t come from the same social circle as Nevin.
I loved how Kim Fielding wrote the opposite attracts between Nevin and Colin. There wasn’t a single moment where I didn’t believe their chemistry and romantic progress. It felt like I could ‘see’ the moment where Nevin started to see Colin as someone he could be involved with. I loved every single moment these two were together – especially when Nevin agreed to go on dates, or even brought Colin to meet his friends.
This is why I read romance, people! For the ROMANCE … of course, the hot sex between Nevin and Colin was an added bonus (though not an important element for yours truly).
As for the reason why I couldn’t rate it higher – well, it’s that mystery fan in me making her grumbling complaints. See, I grew up with mystery books. Despite being a huge fan of the romance genre over the years, I can’t help but want a good investigation when the story has even a little bit mystery/suspense in it.
Therefore, I was a little bit disappointed that the investigation of the murdered elderly persons seemed to be pushed to the background. While I knew that Nevin was not a homicide detective, I still wanted him to be more involved or informed somehow. Especially since the murder brought Nevin and Colin to their first meeting and it also had contributed to the climax. In addition, I was also still a little bit unclear about the motive of the murders…
All in all, this was another hit from the pen of Kim Fielding. This is why she is one of my solid go-to authors in the genre. FYI, the timeline in this book happened concurrently with Love Can’t Conquer. So for readers who have read it, you will not find Qay (Jeremy’s boyfriend) to be present in this book. He is heard later on but not seen. Having said that, if you haven’t read that one, rest assured that this book will be fine to read as stand-alone.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*