- File Size: 292 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YN5QS2M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mens Rea (2015 Daily Dose - Never Too Late) Kindle Edition
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But the apparent hopelessness of his situation doesn’t stop James. He attends court proceedings just to observe Derek. When two associates of a criminal Derek helped put away give Derek a beating in retaliation, James is among the first responders and leads the successful effort to find Derek’s assailants. After Derek recovers and he and James work on a difficult case together, Derek gives James a ride home—and asks some interesting questions.
Mens Rea is a nicely plotted and well-written story. If I ever need the assistance of police officers and prosecuting attorneys, I’ll hope they’re as openly gay and compassionate as James and Derek are.
Those two things have a hard time coalescing in my head. So much so, that several times it would jar me out of the story. Twice it was so bad, I thought the POV or the tense had gotten messed up. It hadn’t, it was still the same POV and tense, but for some reason, it really broke up the story for me.
I’m not sure if it was that or the fact there were choppy time breaks, but I never really came to care for either of the main characters. I felt I had a better relationship with Derek’s sister and James’s son as their personalities jumped off the page, then with either of the main characters. Plus, there was a murder investigation that never quite went anywhere and it was like we were left dangling because our heroes didn’t solve it.
So, I’m going with 3 stars on this one.
Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
*Copy provided for review*
I had a hard time following this story, mainly because it is written in present tense.
James is a veteran cop crushing on attorney Derek from a far. The story has large time jumps and reads more like a story being retold by someone else. I never felt invested in the characters or was drawn into the story.
It was definitely a case of telling not showing here.
“Derek’s face clears a little, relief obvious, and James’s stomach sinks even further…”
I think the author could’ve gone deeper into James’s emotions here, more than just stating his stomach sank. Show me how he’s feeling, don’t just tell me.
I learned more about James reading the blurb than I did in the story. I admit to doing a lot of skimming just because I wasn’t pulled into the fictional world.
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