An Ali Review: Meridian (Mirror #1) by Kirby Crow

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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Grant Baines runs a specialty-tour company with his sister, Andie. The tour part is ushering frat boys around the Gulf of Mexico in his charter yacht. The specialty is that he’s an ex-military psychologist who does favors for the government. When Grant is asked to spend a week evaluating traumatized FBI advisor Matty Sawyer, he agrees, thinking it will be just another babysitting assignment.

Grant is more relaxed in a bondage playroom than he is going on a date, so he’s amazed at how strongly he’s attracted to the damaged but brilliant man who arrives in his town. Grant’s job is to assess Matty’s stability to return to the FBI after Jaeger Koning— Matty’s former lover— is charged with multiple assassinations.

Knowing Matty’s past poses a danger to his family, Grant is determined to keep his distance, until Matty reveals a submissive side that Grant finds impossible to resist.
I was really excited to read this as I’m a big fan of this author’s fantasy works.  Unfortunately this contemporary romance did not work for me.  I loved the concept of the plot but the execution didn’t make a lot of sense to me.  I found myself having to suspend a lot of reality to buy the way things went.  The two men were drawn to each other in a way that I found hard to believe.  Matty had just come out of a horrific relationship and Grant was in the mental health profession.  His behavior was beyond inappropriate.  I maybe could have bought in to it if they had known each other even a month but it’s just a few days before they’re sleeping together and expressing all these emotions and feelings. 
I also wish the author wouldn’t have brought bdsm into the plot.  It just mucked up some already cloudy waters in my opinion.  Matty got involved with it only because his ex (the murderer) made him.  Now he says he craves it.  Maybe he does.  But with all his emotional instability who knows what he really wants and it bordered too closely to the “bdsm will cure your demons” trope and I really dislike that. 
I liked Grant (despite his mega unprofessionalism) but I never got a feel for Matty.  He was supposed to be this great profiler but I couldn’t see it.  He felt very fragile and naïve to me.  I just couldn’t see him in that profession.  There were a host of side characters and some I liked (Grant’s grandfather) and some I couldn’t stand (Grant’s sister).  Matty’s ex, Jaeger was probably the most interesting of them all. 
Unfortunately this just didn’t work for me.  I went into it expecting an in-depth emotionally gritty book and what I got was serious issues glossed over and an insta-love relationship.  The technicality of the writing was good but the plot just wasn’t for me.
Cover:  I like this cover.  It’s a hot, naked guy so what’s not to like?  (I’m shallow like that).
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Book Details:
ebook, 227 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Bonecamp
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesMirror #1

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