Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bermuda Heat

Title: Bermuda Heat
Author: P.A. Brown
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-161-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Detective David Laine’s mother told him his father died in Vietnam before he was born and he had no reason to doubt her. His life changed with the arrival of a single letter, proving everything he’d been told was a lie. In fact, his father, Joel Cameron, met his mother during the turbulent sixties, when he’d come to America from Bermuda to attend school. His parents became a couple during the only rebellious period in his mother’s life and after his birth, she fled back to the pampered world in which she’d grown up, leaving the father of her child behind. Now his mother’s lies are exposed and David and his husband, Chris, must travel to Bermuda to meet the family David never knew he had, and to discover the truth of what happened so many years before.

Bermuda Heat is the latest release in P.A. Brown’s ongoing L.A. Series. The story begins on the streets of LA, with David and his partner in pursuit of a criminal. It’s a swift moving scene, leading the reader to believe the story will revolve around a police investigation, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The first shocking twist happens quickly with the arrival of ‘The Letter’ which takes David back to his childhood home and a well constructed confrontational scene with his family, who’s lied to him for years.

The descriptions of Bermuda are richly detailed, making the locale and its people come alive. The next twists all occur after David and Chris are introduced to David’s father, Joel. The revelations of how he met and got in involved with David’s snobby mother are unexpected. Then there’s David’s newly acquired half-siblings…his young sister, Imani (her character’s the most developed) is more accepting of his relationship with Chris, while the two brothers are filled with anger and prejudice. These two attributes are unfortunately the ones most found in the population in general, and especially the police, later on in the story.

Don’t let the discovery theme fool you. There’s still plenty of action going on after David and Chris get to Bermuda and a villain strikes at someone close to David, getting him into trouble with the police. This portion of the story leans heavily on police corruption and dealing with the legal system in a foreign country…a frightening circumstance vividly described. Through all this Chris and David’s relationship stands strong and while there isn’t much graphic sex in this book, there’s more than enough love and tenderness to go around. I won’t go into details about the villain, except to say I wasn’t surprised at his identity.

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