- File Size: 932 KB
- Print Length: 97 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: FoxTales (December 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HG51Z4W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Tinsel Fish (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Where the first book focused on Frayne and Tyack learning to work together to solve a child abduction case in a small town, this second book makes the core mystery slightly secondary to the development of the two men's relationship with each other. Fox is a brilliant character-writer, and both Gideon and Lee come to life for the reader as much as for each other. To enrich the tale even more, we are introduced to Gideon's family, and find more complexity and nuance in his rigid religious upbringing than we might ever have imagined.
Fox has written this as a Christmas-timed release, and indeed the entrance of religious faith and spiritual connectedness are most appropriate to the season. But the power in this particular novella ultimately comes from the unresolved tension that Fox brings to her narrative through the presence of religion and faith as powerful influences in her characters' lives. The success that Frayne and Tyack have in coming to terms with each other is entirely based in accepting that nothing is ever simple; that uncertainty is the only absolute. Love might not conquer all, but love can make anything bearable.
I’ll try to offer some semblance of my reactions to this story. Just know, I love. I love.
From there, ladies and gents, we get the best that is Harper Fox by way of Gideon and Lee. *sigh* I can hear the waves crashing in that uneven yet calming rhythm. I can feel the grit on the glistening cobblestones. I can hear these characters’ voices: their hesitations and declarations, subtle and true. This all takes place in a very real world, with a touch of the paranormal that teases and evades in an attempt to disrupt it all.
Life isn’t a constant stream of explosive developments. Most of the time, we’re holding our breath, hoping the words we’ve spoken, what we’re sharing within them, are welcomed. Fox gracefully blankets her story with this honesty. Stir this together with humor (I dare you not to smile) and sex (touching and hot and very G & L), my friends, and we have a book worth every second of time that you spend with it, and beyond. Yes, I want to read this story every day.
At a point, the worry began. Something was definitely wrong. I had to hope that Gideon would be able to help Lee, help him through this, out from under it. It’s much scarier when you can’t see the thing that is trying to steal you away from those you love, leaving only the outer shell behind. In other words, I was taken on a proper ride: from loving reunion (yes!), celebratory and quiet declarations, to danger, to changes that could mean life wouldn’t turn out the way these two were allowing themselves to work towards. They just had to be ok, they had to be.
And then… it all changes, from an unexpected source. And then… it happens, without candlelight or planned speeches or a fancy meal – just the sunlight. The moment you think you know what’s happening, how long it’s going to last, what it all means? Best damn turn on a dime for my buck! Yeah, yeah, I know, but I had to. ;) I had a lot of these moments while reading this story and this is what I love to feel when I take that leap of faith into ‘please let this be a good book’ land.
The pain is real without being shouted from the rooftops, no chest-thumping. The gentleness is real in the way we all dream about and hopefully get. The landscape and the sounds, the breath and the embraces, they’re all so real.
I’m pretty sure I’m about to say this is her best work to date. Yep, I am, that’s what I’m saying. Not an unnecessary word in the bunch. Gideon and Lee are two favorite characters and even more so when together. They work. All of the supporting characters are easy to imagine and make sense in the roles in which they’re cast.
I’m just going to stop here. I could clearly, undoubtedly, excitedly go on for a very long time. Just go and read this. And make sure to read Once Upon A Haunted Moor first!!! I think you’ll find yourself wanting to stay wrapped up near the fireplace with this story, the writing, these men, for a very long time. ;) I love.
I was worried that this book would start much farther into their relationship and I would miss out on the beginning bits, but Gideon and Lee are both still in those first stages of their relationship and I really enjoyed seeing them start settling in together. It's clear they have a very strong bond that developed quickly, but it doesn't feel rushed or insta-love at all. The author did a great job of making their connection feel genuine and nuanced.
Creepy case that kept me interested in addition to the romance bits. Really liked getting to meet Gideon's brother and learning a bit more about Lee's past.
Can't wait to read the next one!
Gideon and Lee make a pretty instant connection despite Gideon's first impression of Lee's abilities being fake. Once he realizes that Lee is on the level they discover how well they work together, not to mention play together. The setting descriptions leave you feeling as if you are standing right there in Bodmin Moor, the characters are a recipe of good, bad, odd, funny, and everything in between. Each story might have a standalone mystery that the couple faces but because the evolution of their relationship, this series really should be read in order. Another great addition to my paranormal library.
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