As a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’s idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.
Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.
A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.
Do you know what I absolutely love? When the first book in a series is great but the second is sensational. Will and Jack in ‘My Mate Jack‘ warmed my heart. I adored them. Danny and Finn? Lit my insides on fire. I was nervous and anxious but it was sweet torture. To be honest, I’m still stressing a bit. Correction. I’m not necessarily worried but I’m stuck; I can’t seem to shake them. I feel like I need to check in on them, see them again, to have the reassurance that everything is okay. Have you ever felt that way about a couple? As though you are personally vested in their happiness? Like they need you to care about them? That’s me and these two…I’m slightly infatuated and hope to see them again!
So first off, did you check out the new cover? Ha! Funny Twitter tale lies within this image. I witnessed it unfold and must give both the model and the cover artist props for handling it with grace and style. You can always tell a great deal about a person with how they handle sticky situations and Leigh gets major props for her classy response. I like it and he represents Danny’s extremely well but he certainly does look sad in the pic.
Back to the story…Danny finds solace in music. He’s a young detective and he decompresses with an acoustic escape. One evening he seeks comfort in a club and finds much more than he bargained for. A rock star hitting on him was the last thing he expected that evening. Then Finn takes him by surprise again when he suggests they make themselves more comfortable at his place. Once they taste each other, they can’t get enough. Things appear safe in their happy bubble but before long their fragile tether is put to the test by pressures they can’t control. Fresh romance should be easy but Danny and Finn prove it’s anything but. They both bring unwanted baggage and it might turn out to be more than they can bear. Add in the murder mystery and I was engaged and entertained the entire time.
I love it when an author isn’t afraid to embrace challenging characters. Finn suffers from a mental disorder that adds complications to his life and especially dating. He has been unlucky with rejection in the past when he discloses his illness. When it comes time to tell Danny, Finn is terrified. This matters more than ever before…Danny matters. Danny is the light to his darkness and he wants this, wants HIM so very much. I was on the edge of my seat.
Finn is unbelievably brave and immediately stole my heart. I wanted to protect him, hug him, and convince him everything was going to be just fine. Thankfully, Danny did that for me. It was so lovely having Jack and Will take part in this journey. Despite reading their books back to back, I missed them. Leigh has a gift when it comes to creating strong lovable men that may have a fracture or two. But I love less than perfect MC’s, especially when they find their perfect counterpoint. There’s a lot to love here my friends, and I believe you’ll find it just as endearing as I did.
Just a sec, one more thing…….The epilogue was fanfreakintastic!! I was ecstatic and I’m very eager for more.
A gritty and genuine take on the trials of mental illness and being in a relationship with a law enforcement officer. Finn is lucky to have his LEO and will be cared for and protected with the heart of a lion. Hang on though, they have a banging ride.
Anyone looking for an intense romance between a rocker and a copper. Since this is a Garrett special, naturally it has British flare and an extra side of angst. It hurts, but it hurts so good.