Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Shadows Fall

Title: Shadows Fall
Author: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Publishers URL: http://www.wildecity.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-925313-24-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Mystery        
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Abandon by his gypsy family for being gay, Titus never received the training he needed to handle the spirits that follow him.  When it becomes evident that something serious is going on, Titus sends word to his grandmother, hoping she will see fit to help him.  What he does not plan on is becoming involved with a cop, or becoming the focus of a serial killer. 

This is my first book by this author and it will not be the last.  I loved Shadows Fall and found myself drawn into the world created by the author.  The characters are well written and will leave you rooting for them.  Titus is a Romany chovihano, or medium.  He was banished at a young age after his people discovered that he is gay, something that goes against their cultural beliefs. Because of this, Titus does not receive the training he needs and learns to handle his “shadows” in his own way.  This isolates him from much of everyday life.  This is something that becomes clear at one point in the story and I was amazed by the scene that plays out when Titus goes out for the first time without his defense mechanisms and is confronted by life around him.

Charlie is a Detective who wanders into Titus’ coffee shop.  Titus is instantly drawn to the man even though he believes Charlie to be straight.  When Titus finds out that Charlie is a cop, it’s just another reason to stay away from the man.  Of course that does not go the way Titus plans, and soon these two men start a relationship that heats up fast.  I loved how these two click together.  Charlie grounds Titus in a way that has never happened before, which surprises the younger man.  When Titus finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, both men are forced to look at what they have and if it is worth fighting for. 

While the romance between the men is well done and worth reading Shadows Fall for, there are other aspects that are sure to grab and hold the reader’s attention.  First there is the murder mystery woven through this story that is, at times, a little gruesome.  Trying to guess who the murderer is, and why the crimes are being done, especially as there seems to be no clear cut connection between the victims, helps make this a good read.  Next there is the crazy variety of secondary characters that will have you laughing at times.  I especially loved Titus’ grandmother.  Then there is the way in which the story itself is written.  The author has written this story in the first person from Titus’ view point.  Titus is funny, snarky, and at times a little crazy.  His sense of humor is not always appropriate and, more than once, I found myself laughing at what came out of his mouth. 

While the author did wrap this mystery up, the book ends on a cliff hanger and I can’t wait until the next book comes out.  

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