Friday, January 9, 2015


Title: Swordplay
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632164582
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Jeff, Alex, Sean, and their friends have made the move to Washington DC.  A lot of adjustments have to be made by everyone, leaving Jeff to wonder if he made the right choice.  Things really become dicey though when Jeff and his partner, Parker, take on a new case. 

Swordplay is the newest, and final, book in the Jeff Woods Mysteries series.  Readers need to keep in mind that this is a series that needs to be read in order; therefore the possibility of spoilers in this review exists for those who have not yet read the previous books.

From the first page the author, once again, pulled me back into the world in which this series exists.  I love the characters which the stories center on.  Jeff and Alex are still madly in love, with neither able to imagine a life without the other person in it, yet at the same time, they struggle with telling each other how they feel.   At times it was a little annoying, especially on Jeff’s side, it did make me laugh.  I loved the way these two men have grown, especially Jeff.   I will admit that while I loved the first book, I did not always like Jeff and wanted to smack him from time to time.  Now seeing him with Alex, and Sean as well, has made him one of my favorite characters, and I hate seeing him go. 

Jeff is not the only one who has changed over the course of this series.  Alex has become stronger, although he continues to hold on tight to his little brother, Sean.  Sean, even with his many new health issues is coming into his own, even standing up to Alex a time or two.  And secondary characters, Parker and David, have formed not only a solid relationship of their own, but have become members of Jeff’s and Alex’s family in such a way that Parker behaves a little over the top. 

Like the previous books, Swordplay has a mystery throughout it that ends up spelling disaster for all the men.  The turns and twists this story took will leave you questioning who the ‘bad’ guy is, and after reading this story, I have to agree with Jeff and his belief that he and Alex are weirdo magnets. 

Fans of this series are really going to love this new book, especially the way the author wraps everything up.   

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