Saturday, June 21, 2014

Because of Jade

Author: Lou Sylvre
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781627989480
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Between Luki being cancer free for five years and married for ten, Luki and Sonny have a lot to celebrate.  The two decide this is the best time to get together with their family and have a big gathering planned.  Only things don’t go the way they are supposed to, and what should have been a happy time soon becomes one of grief. 

Because of Jade is the newest Vasquez and James book by author Lou Sylvre.  This newest book picks up five years after the end of Yes and the two men have just found out the Luki is cancer free.  This should be a happy time for the two men and if you are like me, you want these two to have some good times for a chance.  Yet, the author can’t seem to keep from throwing in some angst and soon the men’s lives are once again in turmoil.  If you have read the blurb on the publisher site then you know what is coming, even so I could not believe when Josh and Ruthie died.  You can feel how divested Luki and Sonny are, and even as I found myself close to tears, I could not help wondering what this would do to our couple. 

The love that Luki and Sonny have for each other has been apparent from the start of this series.  It is during moments like this that it really comes through; as no matter how much each man is hurting, they continue to worry about the other.  This of course causes problems from time to time, and I liked that the author did not drag out these moments of miscommunication.  Then there is little Jade.

Jade is Ruthie and Josh’s daughter.  She has now become the ward of Sonny and Luki and as you can imagine, this is something that has the men unsettled.  The author has done a very good job with the relationship between these three.  There’s so much that needs to be touched on, from the little girl’s grief, to the adjustment the men go through becoming instant parents, to the relationship each man has separately with Jade, that it would have been easy for the author to ignore or gloss over something.  Ms. Sylvre does not do that; instead each aspect is handled in a realistic manner which helps make this a wonderful story.  Even with all the hard times these three find themselves going through, the author does manage to throw in a little humor.  I was so thankful I was not drinking anything when I came to the scene where Jade is apologizing for Luki “accidentally peeing” on one of her class mates, as I am sure it would have gone all over the place.  

Of course this would not be a Vasquez and James story without a little suspense thrown in.  Expect a few twists and turns, some that you are sure to see coming, and some that may surprise you.  I could not believe some of what happened and was surprised by how well each man was able to control themselves.  Because of Jade is a wonderful addition to this series and one book fans should not miss.  While I would love to see these two men settled, the idea of never seeing them again is a little sad, so I hope the author has a few more stories planned for Luki and Sonny.

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