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review 2017-04-14 01:20
I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!!!
Home Fires - Kate Sherwood

This was it, the final book in Kate Sherwood's series 'Common Law' and it was perfect. Did I finally get my sexy times...yeah, there wasn't a lot of them but what there was I loved. But more importantly than that these guys got their HEA! and so did I.

 

Like the previous books in this series there was action...seriously Wade went to the toy store and came back with 'blow shit-up' toys...how sexy is that. Sorry, I have a weak spot for men who can blow shit up...I'm a 'Die Hard' fan...so sue me ;)

 

Each of these books has contained a different story and I loved that because it kept things from getting too drawn out and reaching that point...you know the one...come on I can't be the only one that sat in theater yelling..."Throw the damned ring Frodo, just throw the ring." So while we had the same MCs in each book we had a whole new series of events and weren't kept waiting for answers, so in fact no cliffhangers. Each book was a self contained story. But this one...this one was definitely my favorite. There was drama and action...and did I mention shit got blown up...mmm...I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

 

Definitely one of my favorite things about this series was the relationship between Wade and Jericho. It was neither easy nor perfect and there were times that things were definitely one step forward and 3 steps back which only seemed right given that these men stand on opposite sides of the law. I loved the banter between Wade and Jericho and needless to say with each subsequent it just got better and better.  I have to admit I'm sorry to see this come to an end. 

 

While the series stands complete as it is the epilogue does leave room for the author to revisit the lives of Wade and Jericho something that I would love to see happen. While I wouldn't list any one book as an all time favorite for this year I can easily see that the series in it's entirety will remain a favorite for me.

 

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An ARC of "Home Fires" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-03 03:38
Yeah, no.
Home Fires - Kate Sherwood

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS.

Review:

Dear Kate Sherwood,

After reading part three of this series my expectations to read a satisfactory (to me) ending were quite low.

We catch up with our friends in small town of Mosely when Jericho is asking Kayla whether she indeed invited more feds in the town.

Alas, she did. Apparently there are rumors that survivalists/local militia/ rednecks increased their activity and Kayla feels that she may have need more help from the feds.

 

“Is there any possibility it’s a practical joke?” Jericho Crewe asked. “Or just a rumor, maybe?”

Unfortunately, Sheriff Kayla Morgan shook her head. “ I was the one who called them,” she said, leaning back in her battered leather desk chair.

“You called the feds.” Jericho waited a few seconds for the words to make sense, then gave up. “We have feds in tow worrying about the border, feds in town still cleaning up the biker mess, feds in town investigating your dad, feds in town trying to catch Wade – and you woke up one morning, looked around, asked yourself, “What does this town need more of?” and the answer you came up with was “feds.” Honestly?”

 

 The events start moving pretty fast very soon after that. Some militia folks decided that it was a good idea to ambush federal agents and people die on both sides and Jericho and other sheriff department people even managed to arrest some militia folks. Now small town of Mosley has one more investigation going – who sent the militia people into town.

But this was just the beginning, because apparently militia folks have much bigger plans to wreak havoc in Mosely and citizens of Mosely will have to rise defending their town.

Let’s stop right there. You would ask me why the citizens of Mosely will have to rise defending their town. Isn’t there a pretty big presence of the federal agents in their town *already*? And isn’t the presence of the federal agents from the several agencies only increasing after what militia folks did in the beginning of this book? Well, yes, yes they are were, but of course in order for Jericho to show off how heroic he could be and how he actually can remember that he is supposed to protect and serve people of Mosely ( surely that does not include being in bed with the mobster? Oh never mind. I do remember trying to convince myself that the story is a modern western in disguise when I was reading the previous part), federal agents have to leave the town temporarily, threat of militia coming down from the hills notwithstanding.

And leave town they do and come back after everything was pretty much over. I obviously do not want to spoil anybody that much, so I will let it to the readers to decide whether this story development made sense. The narrative definitely gives a reason why feds had to leave, but to me honestly it was not nearly convincing enough, but opinions may differ of course.

You would probably want to know how was Jericho and Wade’s relationship progressing. Oh they are openly together at the beginning of the story and the problems they face are mostly about them and their jobs.  Considering that Jericho still works for the police department and Wade is a local mobster it was not surprising to me.

I want to be very clear about one thing though – if I was not convinced before that Jericho and Wade love each other, I had no doubts whatsoever after I finished this story. Their love was deep and powerful and they were the most important people in each other’s life. I just wish I could *like* either of them more.

Jericho is still as incapable of self – reflection as he was before. Because yes, you are corrupt man – sleeping with the mobster albeit small scale mobster makes you that. Deciding that certain suspect in your investigation should be killed makes you that, protecting another suspect in another murder, especially if you pretty much know that the person did it makes you that.

But hey, that was a nice conversation Jericho and Wade did about what counts is that they did not kill *innocent people”. Never mind that Wade admits to lying and taking advantage of innocent people, never mind that he as good as admits that he supplied guns to militia people in the course of his totally honest employment as self- made local mobster. I guess as long as he had no idea that militia people will come with their plan to start revolution; he cannot be held responsible and him deciding to stay and fight to help innocent citizens of Mosely is all that matters now.

So, yes and they lived happily ever after. At least they quit their jobs thank goodness, but doing so at the end of the book really does not make me like them any better – they did enough damage already if you ask me, despite narrative wanting me to praise their heroics.

Grade: C-

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review 2017-03-13 18:57
Well that was unexpected...
Darkness - Kate Sherwood

We've all been waiting for the sexy times to arrive and they did...I'm betting it was seriously hot...but, I can't say for sure because damned if I didn't get the bedroom door slammed in my face...figuratively speaking.

 

There was one scene in this book that was definitely the lovin' and sexy times I've been waiting for these men to share. Unfortunately it seems that Jericho and Wade prefer to have their privacy and while things started on page that was not where they finished. I admit I was the tiniest bit disappointed because for me the passion and sexual tension between these two is off the charts. Needless to say I had to let my imagination take over so let me just assure you a good time was had by all in my mind.

 

While I may have been a little disappointed by the whole fade to black issue the rest of this book did not disappoint me at all. The main story line for this book became fairly predictable early on but that really doesn't bother me because it's the bigger picture here that's got me hooked. It's the stories playing out in the background that are why I keep coming back so willingly. The local police corruption, Jericho's efforts to sort out what really happened to his father, his sense of responsibility to his new-found siblings and their mother, Nikki. Nikki's role in some of the criminal activities going on around town and just generally anything and everything involving Wade. 

 

Jericho's having a bit of a crisis of faith. He's a cop and he believes in the system, or at least he does until it seems like the system is failing and the innocent are looking guilty while the guilty are getting away with murder and who knows what else. While Wade's got his back at least he does as much as Jericho will allow. It would seem that Jericho's not sure of much anymore. Just like the city of old, Jericho's walls are crumbling and while he's not sure what or how, he's thinking things need to change. 

 

Without a doubt my absolute favorite part of this story has been the relationship dynamics between Jericho and Wade. I'm more than a little curious to see where things are heading between these two men and can't wait to dive in to the next book and hopefully get the answers to all my questions.

 

So far things are sitting happily at 4.5 stars with me and while I'd love some sexy times between these two that's just the voyeur in me and no real reflection on the amazing story that this author has been telling. I'm so looking forward to the next book because hell yeah, more Jericho and Wade! But sadly it's also the final installment in this series so it's a mixed blessing but I'll take it.

 

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An ARC of 'Darkness' was graciously provided via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

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review 2017-03-08 03:16
This is the reworked review of the same book
Darkness - Kate Sherwood

You guys do not have to read it, I reworked the draft and posting it mostly for myself to teach myself certain things an make myself remember certain things.

 

 

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.
It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.
Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?
 
Review,
Dear Kate Sherwood, my first reaction after reading this third part of the four book series was that I really stopped liking Jericho as a romantic lead. Actually my reaction looked a lot like a long rant …
The readers who have read my review of the first two parts of this series know that while I was waiting with the baited breath to read the answers to the questions I had about Wade’s motivations and who killed Jericho’s father, I was torn about what seemed like inevitable reunion of Jericho and Wade as lovers.
As I said before, I do not like this trope at all as a rule. I think that cop getting together with the criminal, especially if such criminal is a suspect of your investigation/s ( and goodness knows Wade managed to become a suspect in many) makes the cop look stupid at best and corrupted at worst.
However the writer here managed to achieve the impossible – obviously it was hard to imagine any other outcome of the series except Jericho and Wade getting back together – and I found myself ready to start making excuses for them. Hey, it is not like Jericho fell for the suspect he never knew, Wade was his first love and Wade would do anything for him, anything. And good people do stupid things.
I was ready to start convincing myself and then this book came along and it was really surprising because now it felt like Jericho and Wade getting together was the least of my problems with Jericho as a character.
As blurb tells you in this book Jericho is investigating the case which is seemingly unrelated to Wade Granger. Prostitute is killed and at first it seems that Will, the guy both Jericho and Wade went to school with did it. Only Jericho starts doubting that Will is guilty pretty fast.  There is also the fact that Will is living with the brain injury now after the horrible accident he was in and one of the consequences of his specific injury that he cannot talk anymore and cannot really defend himself against the accusations. But at first they do not have any other suspects and while Jericho may be in doubt arrest Will he does.
Very soon he realizes that Will was framed and the guy who framed him maybe a serial killer who already killed before, got away with it and just as now framed a guy with intellectual disability (wording from the book) for the murder. Or maybe not because Jericho and sheriff’s office  have no evidence whatsoever to pin the murder on him. So Jericho decides that he needs to consult Wade on things related to investigation.
Have I mentioned that consulting with known criminal as to the sheriff’s office investigation counts to me as stupidity of massive proportions?  Well it seems like Jericho is aware of that, but he goes ahead and does it *anyway*.
"Jericho could physically hear the warning voice in his head. You can’t discuss an ongoing investigation with a known criminal, you idiot! The voice was right, obviously, but Jericho’s real voice said, “You give me your word, Wade? You tell me that this isn’t one of your games, it isn’t part of some new scheme to run drugs across the border using ex-athletes with brain injuries, it’s just—just you and me, having a conversation about my day?” Wade was still for a moment, then nodded. “I give you my word.” The word of a criminal, the word of the man who was the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s own father—it was completely meaningless. Except it wasn’t, not with Wade standing there, staring Jericho right in the eye, unflinching."
Eventually Jericho takes the reigns of justice in his own hands and concludes this investigation in a way that made me want to punch him in the face and throw the book against the wall. I was honestly not sure if I wanted to continue with the story.  I mean I wanted to know the ending, but I just hated Jericho so badly at the moment that I was not sure what to do.
However a friend with whom I discussed the story (ranted about the story actually) pointed to me that a law enforcement officer administering his own brand of justice is a very common trope in westerns. And then a light bulb went in my head that I was reading this story completely wrong. I expected the law enforcement to behave as modern law enforcement does (and I am talking about honest servants of the law not corrupted ones  of whose existence in real life I am perfectly aware), or at least close to. I did not expect the need to suspend my disbelief that much.
But it looks like that this story is looking more and more like a modern western and this is what I should expect from the law enforcement in this book – we will do justice according to our moral views ( never mind the slippery slope we already entered) and not according to the laws which often do not work anyway and it is a small town anyway and the rules are different there.
I am still doing the mental adjustment as I am typing this review, but even though I have not read the last part of the story yet, the blurb sounds so wacky and reminds me of the western even more.
“Nobody’s a bad guy, nobody’s a good guy. It’s all just broken. And you can’t fix it, not with all the laws you could ever come up with.” “So what are we supposed to do? Give up? Stop caring, stop trying to make anything better?” It wasn’t a rhetorical question; Jericho really wanted to hear Wade’s answer. But Wade’s shrug was noncommittal. “Keep trying if it helps you sleep at night. But don’t get too worked up when it doesn’t do you any good, you know?” His smile was fond and gentle. “You were always too much of an optimist. I feel like I spent half my high school years trying to keep the world from disappointing you. You and your Laws of Jericho—even then, you wanted to impose order on chaos. And even then, I knew it couldn’t be done. But I wanted to believe, all the same.” Jericho stared at him, and Wade stared right back.”
So I don’t know  if I ever will be back to liking Jericho as much as I did before I read this book, but at least I am not as angry as I was after I finished reading it because I get now that the world he lives in maybe okay with the way he does his sheriff duties.
Another major disappointment I had with the revelation who killed Jericho’s father. It was just so predictable and so very boring , however Jericho’s reaction while pissed me off was once again very much in line with taking justice in his own hands.
Grade: C/C-
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-06 02:44
Well, this series finally became a wallbanger
Darkness - Kate Sherwood

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

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SPOILERS GALLORE GALLORE BEWARE. SPOILERS!!!! IMPORTANT ONES AND EVEN ABOUT SOME MYSTERY RESOLUTIONS. spoilers!!!

 

 

Review.

 

Dear Kate Sherwood, when I reviewed the first and second part of this series I was worried that I may want to throw this book against the wall - because all signs pointed to Jericho (the cop, or more precisely under sheriff ) and Wade Granger ( local crime boss and a possible killer of Jericho's father and Jericho's lover during the turbulent time of their youth getting back together.

 

I fretted because usually I cannot stand cop and criminal ( especially if such criminal is a suspect of cop's investigations) being involved in romance - don't like stupid cops and corrupted cops in Romance . If I am reading a criminal drama fine, I am happy to read about people I cannot stand if I like the writing. This is *romantic* suspense, and as much as there is a suspense here, the story makes a very strong claim to belong to Romance genre and in Romance I like my heroes to be flawed, I do not like them completely unlikeable.

 

You however managed something unthinkable - despite writing being on the wall about our guys getting back together, I was still looking forward to this book. I even started making excuses for them - hey they knew each other back then, not like Jericho completely forgot himself and threw himself on the suspect. You would ask me does it make a difference if they knew each other or not? Not really no, but as I said you managed to make me like them so I wanted to talk myself out of thinking about Jericho as being a complete idiot.

 

So, this book threw me out for a loop. Well, not in every way possible - even though I am unhappy that I was right ( meaning that when I thought about this possibility I was hoping it will not ever come true because it will be so boring) . We learn who killed Jericho's father -> hey, the most rude and ungrateful character is the killer. YAY! Lesson learned - if I am reading about a nasty character and there is a murder mystery waiting to be solved, nasty person equals killer.

 

You would ask why this book threw me out for a loop? Because see the romantic involvement between Jericho and Wade became the least of my problems with Jericho. Oh it definitely happens. Joy, but I was ready to write it off as good people do stupid things, even when they are THAT stupid.

 

"Jericho could physically hear the warning voice in his head. You can’t discuss an ongoing investigation with a known criminal, you idiot! The voice was right, obviously, but Jericho’s real voice said, “You give me your word, Wade? You tell me that this isn’t one of your games, it isn’t part of some new scheme to run drugs across the border using ex-athletes with brain injuries, it’s just—just you and me, having a conversation about my day?” Wade was still for a moment, then nodded. “I give you my word.” The word of a criminal, the word of the man who was the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s own father—it was completely meaningless. Except it wasn’t, not with Wade standing there, staring Jericho right in the eye, unflinching."

 

Our dear Jericho in this book becomes well, the LAW I guess ( Law and justice?!).

 

It is very much in line with what seems to be the prominent theme for this series as Wade frames it:

 

 

Nobody’s a bad guy, nobody’s a good guy. It’s all just broken. And you can’t fix it, not with all the laws you could ever come up with.” “So what are we supposed to do? Give up? Stop caring, stop trying to make anything better?” It wasn’t a rhetorical question; Jericho really wanted to hear Wade’s answer. But Wade’s shrug was noncommittal. “Keep trying if it helps you sleep at night. But don’t get too worked up when it doesn’t do you any good, you know?” His smile was fond and gentle. “You were always too much of an optimist. I feel like I spent half my high school years trying to keep the world from disappointing you. You and your Laws of Jericho—even then, you wanted to impose order on chaos. And even then, I knew it couldn’t be done. But I wanted to believe, all the same.”

 

But once again we are going back to the Romance genre and while this is certainly not a requirement, I am not interested in the cops who cover for the criminals, for the cops who are okay with murdering criminals because they do not have evidence to catch them. Because for real?! Yeah, there is plenty of brokenness in our justice system - so called good guys do not contribute to the cause of increasing such brokenness they work to repair it.

 

It is well written, hence it gets two stars, but I really REALLY hate Jericho after this book so it does not get more than that.

 

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