Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Steps to Heaven

Author: Star Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632163769
Genre: {M/M}, Suspense       
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Steve and Bob became friends while at the police academy, something that works in their favor as partners on the job.  Their latest case soon has them re-thinking their relationship, both on the job and off.

Steps to Heaven is a mystery that centers around two young cops and a case that seems to spiral out of control.  Steve and Bob have a strong connection and the skills each brings into their partnership make them an outstanding team on the force.  Their strong friendship has always caused others to talk, which makes things difficult on Steve and Bob when their feeling for each other start to change.

I liked the friendship that exists between the two men and can understand why Steve has such a hard time coming to terms with his changing feelings, even if I did not like how he tried to combat those feelings in the beginning.  The men’s struggle with their changing feelings plays a large part in Steps to Heaven, which means the story is not overshadowed with a lot of sex.  This keeps the romance aspect of the story realistic, and when they do come together the passion between them is intense.

The mystery that is woven into the story is an interesting one and I liked the way the author pulled the two men into what was going on.  As much as I liked the mystery, this was also the part of the story that gave me the most problem.  I found the procedural aspects to be a little lacking, at times wondering how the men could be such good cops and continually make stupid mistakes. 

While the premise of Steps to Heaven is a good one, and for the most part I liked the story, parts of it did come across to me a little weak.  I am curious to see if the author plans on bringing these men back for more and would most likely pick up the story if she did. 

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