Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When the first note shows up at the restaurant where he works — when he isn’t designing costumes for a local theater — Jim Foster laughs it off. When the notes keep coming, he doesn’t find the fact that he might have a secret admirer quite so amusing.
Alan North, a lonely, bookish customer at the restaurant, is too shy to even think of talking to Jim — as much as he wants to.
Then the killings begin. Two of Jim’s friends are murdered in what appear to be muggings. However, the detective in charge of the cases believes they’re more than that, and that Jim is either the killer … or being stalked by one.
When Jim and Alan finally connect, can they help find and stop the stalker, or will Alan end up dead before their budding relationship can become more than friendship?
This was an interesting story. Jim is lonely and isn’t sure what he thinks about having an admirer and fears that it could be a woman. Alan is sure that Jim will never notice him but they connect by coincidence.
This story is told from both MCs points of view so it gives us the opportunity to see what both of these characters are thinking. Jim doesn’t have the time or much inclination to find a partner between his two jobs. He is flattered by the notes but isn’t sure what to think. Alan is terribly shy and knows he isn’t a catch so he decides to stay in the shadows but once they actually talk and get to know each other he opens up pretty quickly. The mystery of the stalker was interesting but while important didn’t add much to the story and it seemed that even though they went “slow” their relationship built pretty quickly.
The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and gives great visuals of the characters.
ebook, 151 pages
Published: August 5, 2017 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English