This is one of the most well-written suspense stories I've ever read. It was hard to read, because the authors didn't shy away from the ugliness of it. It isn't just numbers and statistics and people sitting behind desks trying to solve a mystery. The child abuse is off page but the horror of it is right there, in your face. There are surprises at every corner and although I take pride in figuring mysteries out from the get go, I really didn't expect how things played out in the end.
The romance. I have to admit that I missed the romance. I feel that the mystery overtook the story at some points and there were large parts of the book that are just action and suspense. There is slow burn and there are romantic moments. There aren't many stemy scenes, but the existing ones are very intense, detailed and emotional. Chance is a solitary man and it's not easy to let Xav in. And Xav is way too deep in the case, it's now personal for him.
Had there been more romance, this would be a solid 5 star read for me. But then again, I'm greedy and when I see explosive chemistry and connection like these two had, I want more. First time with these authors left a great impression. View all 18 comments. Oct 22, Wendy marked it as dnf Shelves: action , crime-fighters , drama-llama , dark , lawyer , suspense , blame-susan , buddyread , recommended-by-dutchgirls , mystery.
I give up I'm officially a quitter. This book was just not for me. Too many details.. There was no romance, I didn't feel any sexual tension and I felt absolutely no connection with the MC's. To me it read as a very complicated episode of Law and Order, spec.
Since I didn't finish it, I'm not gonna rate it. Don't let my negativity stop you from reading this one I just like my mm books to I give up I just like my mm books to have a bit more romance or at least a building romance Sorry ladies View all 15 comments. Oct 22, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: mm. I read pages of this awful puppy before I decided to give up. Why I gave up: - The writing was way too wordy. I had a hard time understanding who was doing what. Not a good thing in a book. It was boring as hell….
UST is such a beautiful thing…. And there was opportunity enough here, but nope… no UST.
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It was horrible. But instead of an exciting case, we got nothing. I have no idea what to like about him. He was supposed to be traumatized by an event in his past, but he was too busy hiding in who he was in his adult life, it looked like he had no personality at all. Overall, this was not enjoyable at all. Thanks for the BR girls! View all 6 comments. Oct 18, Jilrene rated it really liked it Shelves: mm , mystery-suspense , topgs , contemporary , law-enforcement , not-a-romance.
ETA: link to my review Gay. Reading and Friends I'm writing a review for Gay. Reading and Friends. I'll add a link when it's available. View 2 comments. To tell that I was positively surprised would be a huge understatement. This book exceeded all my expectations — a compelling story that combines a thrilling, complex plot and arouses an entire spectrum of feelings and emotions.
The readers though should be warned ahead if you missed the authors note at the beginning : the topic of the book is not for the faint of heart - drug trafficking, child abuse and child sex trafficking. If it is a taboo subject for you, then you should probably skip it.
However, do not forget that this book is also about people who are involved in the fight against this evil, who risked their lives, and in spite of some tragic, heart-rending scenes and the earnestness of the subject this book offers a warm humor and feeling of happiness, it is optimistic, promising and full of hope. The last undercover operation of FBI agent Xav Constantine in South America went wrong: two kids, whom he was supposed to rescue from the hands of the child sex trafficking mafia, died in a gunfire.
Chance Evan Fairchild, Assistant District Attorney, whose own mother died from overdose, devotes his life to the fight against illegal drugs and tries to do everything to get drugs off the streets of his home city. He himself struggles against his own demons of the past and hides behind the arrogant appearance not only a sensitive soul but also his sexuality.
Chance is the closet case. He is a solitary man. Imagine his reaction and his confusion when he is introduced to a new deputy sheriff, in whom he immediately recognizes his one-night-stand. Xav is embarrassed too, but he also understands that he has to behave as if they have never met before. They both do everything to keep themselves out of each other's way, try to avoid each other and keep their job and private interests strictly separate while silently suffering in doing so. The situation is complicated.
Even more when it becomes obvious that there is a connection between the expansion of the drug trafficking in this area of North Carolina and child disappearances which have increased significantly in the last months. Too many books in this category that have nothing to do with the mystery genre; the mystery itself often falls by the wayside. It is not the case here: an excellent plotted thrilling mystery beautifully interwoven with an inspired love story HOW could someone assert it is not a romance?!
Two great main characters - real authentic, credible, endearing, and not forget - excellently developed secondary characters. Notes to the audio book: I had some difficulties with the audio book. Jim Pelletier did a great job, voicing different characters with different accents.
Authentic and vibrant. Unfortunately, I, as a non-native-English-speaker, had problems with understanding when he spoke for some characters with a strong dialect, and I had to rewind, again and again, to understand what they he just said. It interrupted a fluent narrative for me. But be aware, it is ONLY my personal issue that has nothing to do with the audio book.
View all 8 comments. Sep 29, Deeze rated it it was amazing Shelves: more-story-than-sex , tissues-needed. I have absolutely no idea how to put into words the way this story made me feel. On the outside the coming together of Chance and Xav was exactly my kind of read. I loved Xav and his confidence. Chance, despite his prickles, was obviously a good guy.
Watching them come together had me both smirking and sighing in delight. But in all honesty this one would work without the falling in love part. If anything a second book on them falling in love leaving this one as just the meeting up point would of I have absolutely no idea how to put into words the way this story made me feel. If anything a second book on them falling in love leaving this one as just the meeting up point would of worked perfectly well for me. My stomach knotted at how easily politics can screw up honest police work and vice versa.
I can only imagine the frustration the real good guys suffer while trying to catch the bad guys. My frustration levels were sky high reading this. The deeper story with the boys completely destroyed me. I knew it was going to be tough but I had no idea it would be so real. The truth in the pages tore my heart to shreds.
The details of what the boys suffered, while not on page, still left me in no doubt of the horrors they endured. I need the bad guys to suffer and I never got that with this one. Instead the ending was as real as the suffering. In other words pretty true to life and not totally satisfactory. Although I at least got a glimpse of a HEA for Quinn To know that boys and girls live the fear and pain I just read about left me sick and feeling helpless. This story is one that will never leave me. This is not for the faint hearted, but in my opinion this is a tribute to all the children that leave this world too soon at the hands of monsters.
They need their story told and this book tells it. Nov 16, Mandapanda rated it really liked it. The plot is credible and engaging with lots of interesting police procedural stuff. Solid romance with two complex MC's whose emotional baggage doesn't feel gratuitous. It was fun at first and the songs, which I googled, provided some nice atmosphere to the tale. However after a while it started to feel a bit more like product placement.
That's just a minor quibble though. Sep 28, AnnaLund rated it it was amazing Shelves: beautiful-cover , detective-story , m-m-romance , thriller , top-read-of , coming-out , dreamspinner , arc , important-themes , abuse. For my honest and true view of this book, please read …MORE Goodreads TOS-compliant review I think, let me know when they tell us what the rules are : "The book I just read is about two or three lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author. I liked it very, very much. It is for sale on Amazon. See the For my honest and true view of this book, please read …MORE Goodreads TOS-compliant review I think, let me know when they tell us what the rules are : "The book I just read is about two or three lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author.
See the real review above for my thoughts on this book. View all 7 comments. Oct 10, Gina rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspense , mystery-thriller , rape-torture-humiliation , m-m , abuse-addiction , best-of-the-best , favorites , tear-jerker. This was a hit! This was also a very tough subject to read about, it broke my heart multiple times.
I loved the two MC's, gimme more please! Dec 15, F. I read it in one sitting apart from coffee and loo breaks. The plot was a stomach churner and not for everyone child abduction and abuse but thankfully the violence was mostly fade-to-black and in short bursts. Both the MC's carried emotional scars from the past but this was not used as a plot padder thankfully , more to flesh out their characters and make them real. You can't do that kind of work and not be a Wow. You can't do that kind of work and not be affected by what you see.
Mar 23, Rebelexmachina rated it it was amazing. The mystery in A Solitary Man gets 5 stars from me. This book does procedural crime drama in a way that is compelling and interesting until the very last page, and felt like a written version of a high quality limited TV series. The mystery feels very well-researched and unfortunately realistic, and is difficult to 4. The mystery feels very well-researched and unfortunately realistic, and is difficult to read at times given the nature of the crimes being committed.
The two MCs were great - very likeable, each with their own past demons to sort through, and their tender moments, when the MCs did finally get around to having them, were sweet and satisfying. I really did enjoy this book and would have given it 5 stars overall, if not for the reiteration of certain pieces of information, as elements of the crime are explained to different characters.
It IS a long book, which I loved about it, but I felt that certain conversations could have been shortened to avoid this repetition. Oct 28, Michael Thompson rated it it was amazing. That is until the tall, sexy Xavier Constantine showed up and rocked his world. A failed rescue that left two kids dead. Quickly building a team of unlikely heroes. Chance and Xav must put there own personal feelings toward each other on hold and work together to protect the witness at all cost.
Let me say that I am not a book reviewer. I prefer to leave that to others that do it best. This book was everything I expected from these two awesome authors. A pure masterpiece of storytelling! A literary masterpiece of mystery, suspense, heartache and romance. And most importantly for me…..
Great job Aisling and Shira on an epic page turner!!! Five gigantic stars from me. Nov 14, JR rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: lovers of great stories. Shelves: action-adventure , romance , broken-men , favorites , afraid-to-come-out-of-the-closet , mystery , gritty , leo.
After an undercover operation goes bad for FBI agent Xav Constantine, a change of jobs is in the cards. He decides to travel from California to North Carolina, to become the new deputy sheriff in charge of child trafficking in Dare's Landing. Xav is openly gay, but his new coworkers seem to have no problem with this. Evan Fairchild is the assistant district attorney.
He is trying to get drugs off the streets and classrooms in this area of North Carolina.
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The district attorney seems more intere After an undercover operation goes bad for FBI agent Xav Constantine, a change of jobs is in the cards. The district attorney seems more interested in the political side of his job than actual protecting the citizens in this part of the world. Evan is deep in the closet, something that might come to light, thanks to the new deputy sheriff. The subject matter is not what would be considered light material. Human trafficking is an epidemic in the world today. I believe the writers did a great job in bringing it to the forefront of their story line.
The characters are all well developed, the subject matter is handled intelligently, and the ending is a real nail biter. It is good to see that mm can tackle difficult subjects and still have time for some romance. This went way up to the top of my favorites list for Nov 01, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this! The characters are complex and perfectly developed. The attention to detail is rare and thoroughly convincing. This is a very powerful story. The subject matter is dark. The details of the I absolutely loved this!
The details of the investigation are disturbing, but the authors refrain from sensationalism or unnecessarily gratuitous content. I am thoroughly impressed by the research undertaken to craft such a realistic, compelling and sensitive story. The characters in this book are complex and perfectly developed. Xav is a brilliant leading man. I love his complicated history, the surfer looks and the maths degree from MIT. Chance is the perfect partner for Xav.
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