An Alisa Release Day Review: Skin and Bone (Digging Up Bones #2) by TA Moore

Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Cloister Witte and his K-9 partner, Bourneville, find the lost and bring them home.

But the job doesn’t always end there.

Janet Morrow, a young trans woman, lies in a coma after wandering away from her car during a storm. But just because Cloister found the young tourist doesn’t mean she’s home. What brought her to Plenty, California… and who didn’t want her to leave?

With the help of Special Agent Javi Merlo, who continues to deny his growing feelings for the rough-edged deputy, Cloister unearths a ten-year-old conspiracy of silence that taps into Plenty’s history of corruption.

Janet Morrow’s old secrets aren’t the only ones coming to light. Javi has tried to put his past behind him, but some people seem determined to pull his skeletons out of the closet. His dark history with a senior agent in Phoenix complicates not just the investigation but his relationship with Cloister.

And since when has he cared about that?

I enjoyed the banter of these MCs just as much as I did in Bone to Pick.  Cloister just wants to bring people home and find those who are lost, he finds much more trouble this time.  Javi is struggling with his feelings towards Cloister and continued issued with his job.

Cloister continues to struggle with nightmares and everything from his past, while it makes him a good deputy it hurts to see him struggling.  I love his connection to Bourneville and how dedicated they both are to each other.  I still have trouble with Javi and I can’t quite figure out why everyone he is working with has it out to get him.

I still like Cloister and could easily connect with him, he doesn’t want to make anyone feel responsible for him and though he like Javi isn’t going to push him.  Seeing some of the story trough Javi’s eyes we are able to see that he cares for Cloister no matter how much he doesn’t want that complication.  Most of this story was focused on the mystery and finding out who Janet Morrow is and why she was attacked though we get glimpses of Cloister and Javi together.  It looks as if there will be more books featuring these two and I look forward to them.

The cover art by Bree Archer is great and I love it.  It’s similar in style to the first book but not a copy which is always nice.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 240 pages

Published: February 26, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-940-6

Edition Language: English

Series: Digging Up Bones #2

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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