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Home Fires (Common Law) (Volume 4) Paperback – November 10, 2016
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Just Love Reviews
Home Fires is the fourth and final book in Kate Sherwood's Common Law series and the series goes out with a bang, as in let's blow sh*t up and it is straight-up magnificent....As endings go, this one is perfect.
This is the perfect conclusion to a wonderfully original series.
About the Author
Yup. It's just me. Kate Sherwood, Cate Cameron, Catherine Dale... and probably a few new names, eventually. They're all one person.
One person who's lucky enough to get to live a bunch of extra lives through the characters in her books, and who's trying desperately to keep all the lives organized into some sort of categories... so each name writes a different type of story.
But really, beneath the genre categories? They'll all me. All the stories will have some kind of humour, even in the darkest times. They'll all show characters who are far from perfect, but who are trying to be better. And most of them will have animals-wild or tame, large or small-because I truly believe animals bring out the best in people (as well as the worst, unfortunately), and I want my characters to be at their best.
Basic bio stuff? I live in Cottage Country-the water-filled world north of Toronto and the rest of the cities, the land where summers are crowded with visitors and winters are snowy and isolated. I love it here. Not that I don't sometimes miss the city, but it's not that far away-I can always visit when I want to. I work full time at a non-writing job but would love to shift into a more writing-centred life. There's a five-year-plan. It might work.
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Top Customer Reviews
It’s action all the way in this final showdown in Mosely last book in the series. So you could say Jericho and Wade go out with a bang in all senses of the word. Jericho can still not bring himself to leave town or the force his attachment to Wade is just too strong now after all they have been through.
I loved the way this relationship developed through the series. Although former teenage lovers at school after Jericho left Mosely their lives took on very different paths and you could say turned them into very different adults. However, the attraction has never died and they just had to fond a way back to each other that would work for both seeing they began anew on opposite sides of the law. Wade for me was never really an evil, bad guy. He always had his redeeming points but you just never knew whether to trust him completely or not. So I could totally understand Jericho’s dilemma, better to approach things with a good portion of caution rather than rushing in where angels fear to tread. However, this can put an unimaginable strain on any relationship. We see how they gradually grow together but in so doing how their attitudes and outlook on events and their lives change too. Both having a strong influence on the other just like in any relationship the longer you are together the more it forms your character.
In this final instalment there is still trouble in the hills which leads Mosely to being the scene of a final shoot out, almost battle if you will between the residents and militia. Half the state forces including the DEA and FBI have been called in they all have to find a way to work together and put aside their petty rivalries if they are going to end the border trafficking for once and for all. Kayla of course is key in having to do a mammoth task of straddling both sides of the opposing views and forces and does a sterling job. What a woman. Yes, I would have her as a boss any day! She displays a strength of character which is inspirational, always tough but fair even though she is coping with her own personal dramas with her father? Reconciliation is still needed here and it does come in the most unexpected way. It’s amazing when a town folk are threatened by outside forces it seems to bring the whole community together. It’s just sad that it has to take such an event as this to pull the community together but I guess this has always been the way of things.
I never thought living near a border town could be such a den of crime but I guess if you have people smuggling whatever between countries then it would seem a flourishing business for such a town, Again I was left with the question in just how far Wade is involved in this operation. we know he is but not to truly to what extent and then the remaining question is on what side will he come down on when having to choose one or the other. Well, needless to say these questions were answered and thank goodness Wade makes the right decision in my opinion. So where does Wade and Jericho go from here? Well, the both make the only decision that is really open to them if they are going to make a go of having a steady relationship. How do they do this? Well, you will have to read the series but I found it a very suitable way for these two guys and think they have a chance of now making a go of a future together.
Kate Sherwood has delivered a wonderful series which more gets a solid four stars all the way. Each book is intriguing on the plot and mysteries to be solved whilst we observe how Jericho and Wade lead a merry dance around each other but closing the gap between them in each consecutive book. Also Jericho’s problem with his newly discovered siblings and his step mum seems to find at least for now some form closure and resolution. All four books are plot driven and very light on the erotic but this is what I loved about the series. When the sex happens it’s HAWT! But it is used sparingly to add to the story, peppered throughout at the right moments. All in all for fans of strong plots and mystery / thrillers I can recommend this series with no qualms.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: romance, LGBTQIA
This is an amazing wrap up to what's been a beautiful quartet, fabulous characters, not just Wade and Jericho (Jay) but so many others, plots that feel so real, and events that are characteristic of small town life.
I’m really sad to see these guys go, and yet I guess there’s potential for Wade and Jay Mark 2. Somehow though I think maybe best to stop at the top – I’ve felt not ready to leave characters before and then author has written more books and they never seem to have that first magic.
Kate is certainly an author that gets searched for now by me, I really enjoy the way she puts a story together, and how each of these reads has ended without cliff hangers (my bugbear) but still had me wanting the next book.
I was really lucky here getting ARCs, as I got the last two together so Tuesday saw me finishing third book, Wed I wrote review and cracked on to book four. With everything fresh in my mind it was such a great read.
I love to read whole series in one back to back sweep for that very reason, total immersion into the story and characters.
What could I pick out from this book? Wade – I’ve loved him from the start, he’s so enigmatic, so quiet and yet so clever he seems to know what’s going to happen, when and what to do about it.
I get the feeling he’s not exactly a criminal, though the law has been trying to tie him to many crimes, but that he’s one of those guys that sees what needs doing and gets on with it. If that means crossing a few legal issues so be it. Not in the vigilante style, he’s more of a preventative person than a pursuer of justice, if that comes along then great but if not, well he’s not worried.
Jay – a staunch believer in the Law, he’s been in the Army and seen service in some terrible places, been a city cop where life was always busy and he didn't have time to ponder and worry, and now he’s back in Montana, wondering if he and Wade can have something together after all this while.
He’s learning to trust Wade too, to see he’s not just the criminal in waiting his colleagues seem to think.
The sensuality between them is incredible and yet for most of the while its just been looks and quick touches, though it finally heats up here when Jay decides he doesn’t care any more, he wants to be with Wade, and isn’t bothered who knows it.
He’s always been open about his sexuality, but with Wade there’s the history they share – along with Kayla – and the little fact that most of his colleagues feel Wade is on the opposing side of the Law to Jay.
What I love is they're just ordinary guys, people we could know, live with, work with, meet in the pub. There's no big I'm Gay placard hanging over their mannerisms, no cliched Tells as so many books make. That's what I love, it emulates real life where sometimes its obvious someone is gay through their actions, in the same way sometimes its obvious someone is a bigot, but most of the while people are just people, gay or not is just another facet of their character, not the defining one. And I'll stop drum banging now :-)
There’s some real action in this book, a few deaths too, and a feeling of satisfaction tinged with sadness when its over.
As so often happens maybe if things had been done differently, if the top brass listened to the locals....but life is full of What Ifs, and speculation can’t change results.
I love the mix of small town policing v out of town Important Top Cops ( well seems to be how they regard themselves)
There’s a point where the out of towners, the alphabet cops, are busily engrossed in stopping an upcoming conflict, a mass rally of MC people with guns, rockets, tanks even, and they’re keeping the locals out. Jay is so irritated and Kayla says words to the effect of “go and do some paper work”, or “see if Mr x is trapping the neighbours cats again”, somewhat sarcastically. They know the others are being hoodwinked, yet all their efforts to say so get ignored with a “leave it to the pros “ kind of pat on the head. Kayla and Jay are so frustrated and using irony about the realities of small town policing. Probably for 99.9% of the time it is like that, but when it really matters, and they have the local knowledge to make a difference, save lives, pre-empt disaster and they’re being shut out they’re both upset but stuck.
A perfect quartet of novels for those readers who want a tender and sensual romance, action and drama but situated in a small town with locals involved, plots that are full of characters that feel real, that have connections, where the law isn’t black and white but shades of grey (50?? Maybe... but no sex accoutrements here. Just solid characters with real emotions).
Each book is complete but together they make up a wider story. I’ve just reread my review of the first book, and my thoughts about the series back then are interesting, and have pretty much played out as i expected.
Its been a series that will definitely be a re-reader for me.
Stars: Five, a fabulous end to the series, perfect wrap up.
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