Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This is a highly enjoyable, very-difficult-to-solve mystery adventure. Both MCs have issues with relationships so though they don’t want romance, they do have sexual chemistry and they act on it. Plus, there’s a dog—a police dog named Bo—who stole the show, as far as I’m concerned.
Children have gone missing over the past ten years, not often enough or apparently connected enough for anyone to link them until the recent disappearance of a ten-year-old boy. FBI agent Javi Merlo is assigned to the case and he’s not particularly happy about working with a dog and his cop handler. But that’s too bad because not only does Cloister Witte have plenty of experience with his dog, he also has personal experience with the disappearance of his own brother many years ago—a brother who was never found. But he’s dedicated and committed to his task and won’t stop until he finds the boy—dead or alive.
Javi doesn’t trust Cloister, though, and continually pushes him away from the case, but Cloister plods along following his own leads and his two-plus-two investigation style eventually leads to four. This isn’t a typical romance, and in fact, it ends with the case solved and with the men in bed, but not in love, so it’s a HFN at best. But it honestly doesn’t matter because the mystery itself is so good. It’s exciting and fast-paced with just the right amount of snarky ’tude from both MCs. And, of course, the dog is the hero at the end of the story so the dog lover in me was quite happy.
The narrator was new to me and he did a very good job with the voices, which were definitely different and easy to pick out. On the other hand, I hated the voice he gave to the mother of the missing boy—I wanted to smack her so bad. She was entitled and bitchy and nasty and the voice he gave her fit her personality like a glove. So yes, he did a good job—enough to evoke a lot of emotion from me, so that’s a win in my book.
I highly recommend this audiobook version to those who enjoy an interesting whodunit topped off with two sexy law enforcement MCs and a dog named Bo.
Cover art: Anne Cain. Love the cover. Interesting and it pulls your eye into the character and details.
Length: 9 hrs
Published February 22nd 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published August 14th 2017)
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