RELEASE DATE: 10th December, 2016
BLURB: Lucian Wren and Beau Deverel have always been friends. They think they know everything about each other, but they both hide a secret desire. They’re devoted to each other, but they’ve never revealed the depth of their feelings.
When Lucian starts a private investigation service, and Beau joins him in the fledgling agency, little do they know what a delicious, close encounter on their first case will lead to.
This case is bizarre. Is there a hidden reason the client has chosen their newly formed agency for such an important job?
As Beau and Lucian dive headlong into the mystery, their relationship deepens, and their friendship changes forever.
Erotic, romantic—a friends to lovers, gay mystery, romance.
I stepped on this friends to lovers love train and didn’t want to get off. Lucien and Beau got off – oh boy, did they (sorry, couldn’t resist getting that in) and I was there cheering them on all the way. The author did a fantastic job with this one, for me it was her best book so far.
But it wasn’t just Lucien and Beau evolving love story that made it compulsive reading (that was the icing on the cake for me) but the intricate and clever storyline that Elodie Parkes delivered running parallel alongside our two MCs, it was first class. It was feasible, I could see the chain of events unfolding and it made compulsive reading and I LOVED that ending….
Can you love a baddie? Maybe baddie is a bit harsh, so let’s go with lovable rogue and he should have his own storyline – hint, hint author.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves, so let’s start from the beginning.
Lucien and Beau are the best of friends and have no secrets from each other, all except one and I don’t think I’m giving any spoilers away here by saying that you can guess what it is?
Lucien has set up his own PI Business and has asked Beau to join him. An office has been sourced, telephones installed, all they need now is Clients. And like buses, they never turn up singularly but always in two’s.
One is very intriguing about a stolen Matisse painting – and though both new to the PI business, not green enough to realise right from the start that something is drastically wrong with this case and the second, a boring, run of the mill “Catch-them-at-it” case, the bread and butter of all PI’s work. But is it?
The author did herself proud. The scene when Lucien and Beau hiding in a cupboard, emotions running high, deciding how to get out without being caught and then finding themselves with something else to occupy their minds was not only sexy but I could see it happening that way. Especially when the earth stopped moving for them, the art gallery was closed and they still had to get out. So what would we all do in that situation? Yep, we’d make a run for it and hope for the best! and that’s exactly what our loved up love birds did, but after the escape and the adrenaline rush wearing off, comes that awkward moment when neither one of them knows how the other is feeling…..
Great reading from start to finish, ends were neatly tied up by the author, Lucien and Beau get their happy ending and the baddie/loveable rogue? I think he’s up to his old tricks again and I can’t wait to see my boys sorting that one out!
Five stars from me, I loved it.
****I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book****
Read a teaser:
Beau’s heart filled with hope as he gazed at his friend’s handsome face. “You know what I wish, Lucian? I wish this business became so successful for us that I could stop working for my dad.” He didn’t add how great it would be to spend more time with Lucian, to be alongside him as a partner.
Lucian gazed at Beau with eyes full of an emotion Beau daren’t identify. Lucian’s pupils widened and his eyes misted. Beau’s heart pounded. He flicked his gaze to Lucian’s mouth. Desperation to kiss Lucian flooded him. As usual when this happened to Beau, he pushed the desire away to the far reaches of his mind into a compartment labeled, ‘do not act upon.’ Beau looked into Lucian’s blue eyes as he fought to stop the impulse that rose through him.
He broke their locked gaze. “Hey, I do have time to grab a coffee, if there’s a café close. I bet you’ve not had lunch.”
Lucian moved away from Beau as he answered. “There’s a funny little diner at the end of the block. Are you sure you have the time?”
Beau closed the window. “I have time. I’m guessing no one will scale the walls, but all the same I’ll close this.” He let Lucian lead him down to the street door and watched him lock up. “Email me the website address later. I’m dying to see it. This is so exciting, huh, Lucian?”
He walked beside Lucian with his hands safely tucked into his leather jacket pockets so that he didn’t accidently catch hold of Lucian’s hand as they walked.
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