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First, who doesn't love a hot alpha cop? I mean, yum. And a hot alpha cop who has a sense of humor? You get all of that with James Deacon. My favorite part in this story was when, on their first date, when he just wants to make sure Trav "gets home ok" then, pays the cab and gets out....says all innocently "but there goes my ride"...
Trav has problems staying put, and in his young life he has traveled all over the place, never having a reason to stay in one place. Deacon, is at home in Detroit, and at 38, he is settled into the life he has carved out there. But then these two find each other, and whether or not their meeting was orchestrated or not, they are fated to be together.
I loved the witty back and forth between these two and can't wait to read more from S.A McAuley
But the book full of clichés. Full of them. It's all pretty predictable, and everything after about 75% is 100% predictable. Worst of all it has the dreaded, 'he didn't know what but something made this man/situation/feeling/etc different.' NO. That is NEVER enough to explain someone's uncharacteristic feelings about someone or something. NEVER. It's as bad as, if not worse than, insta-love. Which to be fair, this isn't quite (pretty close though).
Plus, a lot of it just didn't hold together very well. For example, The initial event in which Deacon was supposed to have come to Hank's attention didn't appear to be one in which a SWAT team would have been needed. Pretty sure the normal police could have handled that. Then, for the whole book it's hinted that Deacon was working for Hank to investigate corporate espionage, but it felt a bit over the top that he hires ex SWAT and soldiers for this. Then suddenly at the end, we're dealing with terrorists instead. But only for about 10 pages, it was all resolved in an instant. Then there's the fact that Deacon's ex just happens to work there too. Everything just barely hangs together. It does, if you don't look too closely at it, but just barely.
Lastly, a personal irritant, as someone who worked in Child Abuse & Neglect investigations for several years: if by some manner Trav did become emancipated form his mother at 16, which it takes a lot to do, all her other children should have been removed as well. Think on it. The court is willing to declare, and thereby be accountable if something happens to him, that his mother is so unfit her 16 year old is better off caring for himself. Would they then leave several other children ranging from infant to 9 years old in her drug-addled care? I think not.
The writing, however is fine and though the plot is shaky a lot of the men relating to one another is touching in it's own occasionally sappy way. The book is a solid, middle of he road read.
I loved the setting and the way the McAuley wrote about Detroit.
I liked the characters of Trav and Deacon.
Overall I liked the dynamics between the protagonists. I found the age difference worked.
Trav's interaction with his brother was intriguing.
There were things I didn't like about the book:
The women...I'll leave it at that.
Deacon's job was silly and the mystery portion of the story was ridiculous.
Trav is gun-shy about relationships and never stays in one place for long. He trusts only one person. His sister. Now, he has these feelings for Deacon that can only be wanting more.
Deacon is hot for Trav right from the start. If he can learn to not scare Trav away, maybe that had a real chance. He sees the future they could have in his dreams, but Trav is not known for sticking around.
Interesting storyline with a whole mystery wrapped inside. It was like Christmas came early! There was satire, heat, suspense, and so much more.