Tuesday, November 23, 2010

River of Need

Title: River of Need
Author: Shayla Kersten
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419931291
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

It’s been three years since Detective Kyle Shelton broke up with his lying, cheating and closeted ex, Dustin Eldridge. He definitely never expected to see the man again, especially not behind bars and charged with prostitution. Bailing Dustin out of jail is probably one of the stupidest things he could ever do, but Kyle can’t stand the idea of him staying locked up. But letting the man who broke his heart back in his bed is even crazier.

Lies about his sexual orientation have just about destroyed Dustin’s life. He’s lost his job, home, family, belongings and worst of all, Kyle. He has nothing left and he’s been forced to resort to turning tricks to survive. Dustin can’t believe it when his old lover comes to his rescue but when he does, he thinks for the first time in months that maybe…just maybe, there’s hope for a future.

The only problem is that there’s a serial killer on the loose and Dustin’s a suspect. If Kyle and the police really believe he’s capable of something so grossly horrible and vile, he might not have a future at all.

River of Need is the latest release by author Shayla Kersten. It covers characters met in two of her previous releases. This story isn’t a lighthearted, warm and fuzzy kind of read, so if that’s what you’re expecting, this gritty tale of pain, murder and redemption isn’t for you. But if you enjoy a fast paced, edgy story of one down-trodden man’s attempt to reclaim his life with the man he loves, I think this contemporary police drama is for you.

Dustin and Kyle have a long and painful history and Ms. Kersten does a very nice job expressing their pain, hurt and regrets from the past. This is particularly true of Dustin since he knew even before he lost everything that he was living a lie. The depth of emotion between these men is intense, as is their passion. Add in Kyle’s obnoxious partner and the serial killer plot lines and you have enough problems and distrust to kill a renewing relationship. The author manages to juggle all these different aspects and skillfully tie them all together into a cohesive whole that’s an enjoyable, and believable, read.

Note: For maximum reader enjoyment, we suggest also reading Hidden Force (Tony and Ryan) and Hidden Hands (David March), in which these secondary characters were heroes.

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