I think (?) I bought this during an ARe sale. Seems to be a common theme with me. *coughbookslutcough*
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ More of a warning~ You learn relatively early who the baddie is likely to be. This can be hit or miss with me as I generally prefer to find out ‘whodunnit’ myself or at the end of the book. It worked in this instance because the authors – yep, it’s two authors, one pseud – continued to lead the reader through the discovery of clues, motives, etc, etc. Good pacing and advancement of plot, imo.
Like~ This may seem very simple, but I really liked the fact that Duke was out as a cop. It made such a refreshing change from the usual conflict that comes with this theme; that is, the cop is closeted and inevitably found out, blah, blah. It meant the focus could be on the mystery/suspense. Since I’m a fan of this genre it made for total win in my book. 🙂
Dislike~ More of a warning~ The guys don’t actually get in the sack until a fair way into the book. Me, I liked that. It left more time to concentrate on the development of the characters, their relationship and the mystery side of things. There’s more to life than pron, you know. 😉
Like~ The ending of Pas de Deux is a bit unusual with none of the ‘we couldn’t have solved the crime without our twu wuv’, which you might ordinarily expect in an m/m romance of this type. This was yet another change from the standard themes and tropes of the genre and, again, hit my happy reader buttons.
So, what I think: This is the best work I’ve read by this author team to date. If you’re into romantic suspense as I am, I would definitely suggest you give it a go. I really enjoyed it.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to.Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.