Title: Following the Law (Southern Charm #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Nicole Dennis (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length : October 6, 2015 – 216 pgs
Can a sheriff untangle the mysteries invading his town and those which surround the local IT geek who’s captured his attention?
Sheriff Robin Burke is pissed off. His quiet seaside town is troubled with all kinds of problems. Looking for the man who tried to poison Samuel Ashford is high on his priority list, but there is more in store. When someone he crushes on returns, he hopes to ignite his non-existent love life.
Returning from London, Beau Courtenay discovers his home has been invaded by his troubled half-brother. Dealing with the chaos, he is busy with a massive backlog of work and renovating the entire Southern Charm system. He finds another troubling detail in the form of random USB interfaces around Shore Breeze that don’t belong there. And there’s also the allure of the sheriff distracting him and threatening to reveal his darkest secret.
What will happen when Robin connects his suspect to the handsome IT geek with the delicious British accent and tight ass? Can Beau help the sheriff follow the law to prosecute anyone who dares to attack their beloved town?
Reader advisory: This book contains the use of homophobic language.
Robin Burke has had a secret crush on the town IT man for a while, but when tragedy strikes, Beau Courtenay has to return to London to care for his ailing father. Burke doesn’t lose hope, nor does he allow whomever is wreaking havoc on his town to get away with it.
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. While it was not chalked full of the chemistry or angst that some of the previous stories were, these characters were given a different dynamic.
I enjoyed the banter that went back and forth between Beau and Robin. I thought that it added a good dynamic – they courted. And, even though it was sometimes awkward, it was always playful and sweet.
I liked that since you knew both characters from previous stories, you got to see them in their “own lives” rather than only through the eyes of their relationship. Both were aware of each other, but both also had their own lives to live. However, given that you knew them from previous stories, it felt that Dennis focused more on the mystery than the relationship aspect of this story. The “sex” between Robin and Beau was dynamic, but not altogether that explosive. I felt that since Beau liked to cuddle and things of that nature that there might have been more in the story, so I was slightly disappointed in that.
Overall, this was a well thought out story, but less romance and more mystery