Thursday, May 7, 2020

Long Shadow (Hamarsson & Dempsey #2) by Elle Keaton

Title: Long Shadow
Author: Elle Keaton
Genre: MM Romantic Suspense
Series: Hamarsson & Dempsey, Book 2
Tropes: Opposites Attract; Hurt Comfort; Family Found
Release date: May 7, 2020
Standalone: No

Niall’s known nothing but betrayal. All Mat wants is Niall’s heart; what will it take for him to coax Niall in from the cold?
Mat's connection with Niall is tenuous. One step forward, two steps back. Since that night on the beach Niall's been avoiding Mat like a bad case of the flu--which, ironically, most of his deputies have come down with. What will it take for Niall to believe Mat wants him for who he is?
Mat's overworked, Niall's unnerved, and then things really go sideways.
Will a killer destroy everything before Niall realizes they are stronger together than apart?
Long Shadow is a dual POV about a broody introvert and a somewhat patient Sheriff. Mat will have to prove to Niall he's the man for him. The Hamarsson and Dempsey series follows the same couple as they find their way to their happily ever after.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Long Shadow, the second book in Elle Keaton's Hamarsson & Dempsey series, picks up where Conspiracy Theory leaves off. 

This story includes an ongoing mystery, plenty of cute kid time, and further development for Matt and Niall's relationship. Their chemistry remains strong, and they continue to entertain.

It's another good book, full of suspense and mystery, intrigue and danger. Add in romance and sex and it's a fun ride. 

Told in dual pov, both characters are well explored. However, this one does seem a little slow to me at times. Things definitely pick up as the story progresses, but this one was tougher for me to stay focused at times. Overall, the author's writing remains crisp and smart, with two characters who keep the readers intrigued and a mystery that keeps the reader interested. 

Long Shadow is a good continuation of the Hamarsson & Dempsey series and I am excited to see what comes next for these men.  

He paused at the guardrail, his hands jammed into the pockets of his jacket for protection
from the cold. As he stood at the end of the road, the fog began melting away, slow at first and then faster, until he could see all the way across the water to the mainland crouching in the distance. Niall took a deep breath of the salt-laden air, filling his lungs, then released it. As he stared out at the dark silhouette of land, something unnameable inside himself loosened a bit further, a nearly tangible click into place. Piedras felt right.

Niall didn’t feel like an old-timer, but he did have a history on the island; he existed here
as more than a bitter homicide cop. Some islanders—like Mat Dempsey—even seemed to want him there. Most of the residents seemed to accept Niall’s presence, and the few who whispered behind his back… well, that’s the way things had always been.

And, he thought as he breathed in and out again, more than likely the camper was no big
deal. He was making a mountain out of a molehill—something his grandmother used to say quite often. There was likely a perfectly good, lawful reason the owner was driving around the island and only using facilities when they were less likely to run into other inhabitants.

The cop in him protested. Niall tried to ignore it.

His thoughts drifted further afield, as the fog continued to fade, to the sexy and very
available Sheriff Dempsey. Mat seemed to see right into Niall’s soul and never once
flinched—he actually thought he liked Niall. Mat was something Niall had never had in his life, or not often, anyway. Mat represented family, safety, commitment. Given everything Mat had done since Niall had come back to Piedras, it should be easy for Niall to trust him. But he
couldn’t find the off switch for the little voice inside that pinged a warning every time he and
Mat got close.

It was, however, proving difficult to stop thinking about him.

Elle hails from the northwet corner of the US known for, rain, rain, and more rain. She pens the Accidental Roots, Never Too Late, Hamarsson and Dempsey and the Home in Hollyridge series', all set in the Pacific Northwest. Elle’s books feature hot mm romance with the guarantee of an HEA. The men start out broken but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle loves both cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

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