Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 144 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: After a tragic shooting left him wounded and in disgrace, all that remained of former deputy sheriff Jude Anderson’s life was a shattered femur, the standard disability package, and a host of issues. Jude seeks sanctuary in a remote upstate cabin and tries to get his life back on track.
Life has other plans when Jude finds a dead man draped across his front doorstep. The victim is the first hookup Jude’s had in, well, ever. Once Jude processes that shock he gets another when he learns that the homicide detective sent to investigate the murder is Rowan Muir, Jude’s ex. Their split was ugly, and Rowan isn’t the forgiving type.
Now Jude is drawn back into a world he left behind: murder investigations and fighting the undeniable attraction he has for Rowan. Rowan is still holding onto a substantial grudge. But both men need to figure out how to cope with being thrown together again, because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Jude is being targeted by a murderer – one who may have come from Jude’s past for revenge.
Review: I absolutely loved Jude and Rowan in this story, I mean, honestly they were each magnificent in their own ways. Of course, I didn’t start out feeling that way, as the story begins with them being broken up. But, I have a tendency to fall for the established couple who’ve lost their way trope, so this book was right up my alley.
Both, Jude and Rowan are, or in Jude’s case, were, in law enforcement. Jude was injured off page before the story begins, but it’s a tragic one that is told and still has ramifications for both men. Rowan and Jude need to be honest with each other and learn to trust again. They both so very obviously have deep feelings for one another but, they are men, and so the subtle innuendos are lost on them. They genuinely needed a huge billboard to communicate.
But, there is a lot more going on than just the two men who’ve lost their way trying to get back together. At the same time, we have a madman who is trying to totally screw up Jude’s life, more than it already is, and may also be trying to kill him, too. This story is great. Two alpha men, in alpha male professions, and a killer on the loose. What’s not to love?
I loved the ending, I also appreciated that the “I love you’s” weren’t tossed around…yet. This is only book one, and with the context, it just would not have worked. Looking forward to seeing how much progress our guys make in book two. Highly recommend.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*