- File Size: 1548 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Dawn Press (April 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DTEOL9Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sparring with Shadows (Gaslight Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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As in all her books, Erin tells many stories wrapped up in one. This is not only a mystery, but also a larger, more complex tale of discovery. Both Michael and Simon have some uncharted land to explore, and Erin gives us a full-color topographical map to follow as they do. In the hill country of their working partnership, they each must gain respect for the abilities of the other; in the tidal plain that is their relationship as roommates, the line between "mine" and "yours" ebbs and flows, with neither man having a chart to follow. Both Michael and Simon have an inner landscape to delve into as well, with deep worn ruts of mistrust and doubt, with bogs of accusation and revelation, and with hard-gained groves of acceptance. Throughout this land of Erin's making are twists and turns, the unexpected often overtaking the reader as well as Simon and Michael.
Always, there is Erin's shimmering prose, her love for Ireland, her sense of place and time, her extraordinary ability to paint a full-featured minor character in a few sentences and yet have him remain minor. Her descriptions are velvet-rich but don't stop the action, whether that action be avoiding a watcher or exploring one another's bodies. This book has earned a place on my `read over and over' list, and as with Heart to Hart, I have only one problem: the book ends. But also as with Heart to Hart, there is a sequel in the works, one I'll be waiting for as eagerly as I did this one. Sometimes, sequels disappoint; this one most assuredly does not.
This time it's both of them whose lives are in constant danger, to say nothing of their love life, as a new chapter evolves with the center protagonist being the Brown Man from the first book in this enchanting, exciting and extraordinarily sexy series.
With unforgettable side characters and character and landscape descriptions that are uncannily portrayed in author O'Quinn's remarkable blog (http://romancemanlove.wordpress.com/the-gaslight-mysteries-a-rogues-gallery/) this is a book to be consumed at one sitting and savored until you can get your hands on the next one in the game.
Simon's fight with his own demons makes the whole book enchanting and full of passionate spirit. Granted, i'm openly gay, and wished throughout the book for Simon to accept himself and get out of the closet already, there is more to the story.
It would be too simple for Erin to just concentrate on Simon's struggles, or Michaels' desires. There is a whole web of intrigue, and in the end, when the job is done, all you wish is to find yourself in that hot tub with that hot Pinkerton's agent and that aloof investigator.
Yeah, there is also Chanda. As sexy as he is smart and full of danger. BUT going further would be a spoiler! Strong work, friends, goof stuff!