Embers (Common Law #2)

GoodReads Summary:

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

My Review:

I wish I had read the first book as well! Embers, book 2 in the Common Law series by Kate Sherwood, is pretty good. It's a psychological and emotional twister. Ms. Sherwood has you constantly trying to figure out whether or not Jericho is being manipulated by the feds, his boss, his stepmother, the biker club or his former lover. He is something of an innocent in all of this in spite of the life he has lead and his family connections.

And this is why I'd like to have read the first book. I'd like to understand his family connections and the prior happenings better. Ms. Sherwood gives us some insight into his family, but not nearly enough for me. And then there are all those different police types that don't like working together. I think reading the first book, Long Shadows (being released January 2, 2017), would go a long way to helping keep straight who some of the these people are and why they have the attitudes they do. A lot of the people in Embers first came together in Long Shadows. There is attitude to spare when they come together right from the beginning in Embers. Their attitudes seem a little overboard without any understanding of what went before.

As for the relationship between Jericho and Wade, I would say it is complicated and always has been. There seems to be a certain element of competition to it. And yet they seem to watch out for each other even when they're not together. It is a highly sexual relationship, but there really wasn't much time for their relationship in this book. I think there will be more opportunity for them in the next two books.

I'm thinking of going back and reading Long Shadows before March 6, 2017, when Darkness (book three) comes out. You know me, I always like to read a series right from the beginning.

This eARC was provided by Riptide Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

Note: I now have an eARC of Long Shadows; and as soon as I have read it, will review it, and share it with you all!