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  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 27, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F77D6Y
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Primal Red is a really fun m/m mystery romance, and #1 in the Bellingham Mysteries series.

Kimberling is a good writer, and I've really enjoyed her novellas in the anthologies Hell Cop 1 & 2, and The Irregulars. Her characters were always interesting and compelling, and she has a sly humor that is fun to read. It was neat to see that she has this ongoing mystery series as well.

Set in Bellingham, WA (north of Seattle, near the border with Canada), Primal Red begins with our main character of Peter (intrepid reporter for the city's free, weekly newspaper) scoping out an alley in the middle of the night, trying to get the goods on the local Russian "tea shop," which he believes is a not-so-subtle cover for a brothel.

His investigation doesn't end with much, but walking back, he stumbles on another crime entirely---murder! Specifically at the local artist loft building that is now home to a building full of creative and yarn-spinning suspects, including Peter's quiet, reclusive crush, Nick.

What's an intrepid reporter supposed to do except investigate all the angles? And if that means asking Nick out to see how much of a suspect he is, than so be it.

Peter is a fun character, and I loved the humor of him repeatedly writing copy in his head as he envisions different scenes, from murder to a potential romantic encounter. It's a hilarious method that allows for a quick peak into Peter's head.

The setting was also a lot of fun, but I'm super biased since I live in Seattle. There were a lot of neat Northwest touches that often made me laugh out loud. (e.g. Peter diligently biking everywhere.
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Less fantastic than her "Sea Full of Stars" series, Nicole Kimberling's "Bellingham Mysteries" series offers a smartly written, likable group of novellas set in a charming small city in the Pacific Northwest. The chief charm in book one, "Primal Red," is its introduction of Peter,a wry, ambitious young journalist; and Nick, an unexpectedly shy ex-soldier artist with a notorious past. They both soon realize that stumbling across each other in the midst of a bloody murder is perhaps not the best way to launch a relationship.

Peter and Nick are not archetypes - although they do have the requisite good looks that are a sine qua non in the m/m romance genre. Both have their quirks, but in this series it is not their flaws that draw the guys together, but the ongoing discovery of how much they simply like being together. Not that sex doesn't figure into it, but Kimberling manages to telegraph a good deal of information, subtly building our picture of these two men as they discover that beyond physical attraction lurks - OMG! - liking. I know that sounds dumb, but it was a pleasurable note in this narrative. It's not all about nipples and treasure trails - it's about intelligence and shared interests and a willingness to be open to someone else's life.

The mysteries provide a crucial framework in which the romance happens - but they have their own interest, as Peter's journalistic nose and Nick's military courage draw them into situations that challenge their safety as well as their understanding of each other.

I've already started book two, "Baby It's Cold Outside," and it's looking good.
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Just found this series and was very pleased by it!

I was searching for a god male male mystery book when I came across this series. I had purchases Baby it's cold outside and was looking into the other books by the author and found this was actually the first book in the series. So I went ahead and ordered it to read first.

This story is very fast paced without alot of extra. But it is well written and the characers were all very likable.

A who done it with hot romance and I was hooked.

Only took me a day to read three of the books though. I would like to see more. Maybe expand a little more on the relationship and show some of the things we missed.
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This is a new Author for me and I really enjoyed the series. I ran across the most recent book so decided to start from the beginning. I liked the characters and found the plots interesting. Worth reading the series, they are short books and a great escape.
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