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Rick feels like he’s finally getting his life on track…until a dead body in his flat threatens to derail more than his new career. Things are finally looking up for Rick Bennett. He’s landed a job with Swanson and Gerrard, one of the top finance firms in London and, with it, a chance to pay off his father’s debts and finally make something of his life. When he’s put in charg Rick feels like he’s finally getting his life on track…until a dead body in his flat threatens to derail more than his new career. Things are finally looking up for Rick Bennett. He’s landed a job with Swanson and Gerrard, one of the top finance firms in London and, with it, a chance to pay off his father’s debts and finally make something of his life. When he’s put in charge of brokering the biggest deal in the company’s history, he knows he can’t lose, even though his boss, Cecily Swanson, clearly wants more than just a professional relationship. When a rich, handsome stranger, Kim Bailey, introduces himself to Rick at the Swansons’ New Year’s Eve party, Rick is thinking he can definitely get used to rubbing elbows with the upper set. He feels everything is finally working out, despite Cecily’s increasing interest that only seems to strengthen as they approach her high-profile Valentine’s Day wedding. When someone is murdered in his flat, Rick is shocked but still determined to hold on to his dream. Cecily believes he’s innocent and, more importantly, so does Kim. Though he’s beginning to suspect that there’s more to the guy than meets the eye, Kim’s belief in Rick keeps him strong. As the investigation continues and Rick finds himself buried deeper in a mess of conspiracy, betrayal and intrigue, he will come to wonder whether the life he’s dreamed of could ever be real. Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of public sex, violence and murder.


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Rick feels like he’s finally getting his life on track…until a dead body in his flat threatens to derail more than his new career. Things are finally looking up for Rick Bennett. He’s landed a job with Swanson and Gerrard, one of the top finance firms in London and, with it, a chance to pay off his father’s debts and finally make something of his life. When he’s put in charg Rick feels like he’s finally getting his life on track…until a dead body in his flat threatens to derail more than his new career. Things are finally looking up for Rick Bennett. He’s landed a job with Swanson and Gerrard, one of the top finance firms in London and, with it, a chance to pay off his father’s debts and finally make something of his life. When he’s put in charge of brokering the biggest deal in the company’s history, he knows he can’t lose, even though his boss, Cecily Swanson, clearly wants more than just a professional relationship. When a rich, handsome stranger, Kim Bailey, introduces himself to Rick at the Swansons’ New Year’s Eve party, Rick is thinking he can definitely get used to rubbing elbows with the upper set. He feels everything is finally working out, despite Cecily’s increasing interest that only seems to strengthen as they approach her high-profile Valentine’s Day wedding. When someone is murdered in his flat, Rick is shocked but still determined to hold on to his dream. Cecily believes he’s innocent and, more importantly, so does Kim. Though he’s beginning to suspect that there’s more to the guy than meets the eye, Kim’s belief in Rick keeps him strong. As the investigation continues and Rick finds himself buried deeper in a mess of conspiracy, betrayal and intrigue, he will come to wonder whether the life he’s dreamed of could ever be real. Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of public sex, violence and murder.

43 review for Blood Red Roses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eugenia

    This started out as a solid 4 star read....but, it soon devolved into a “that’s what you’re going with?” 2.5 finish. This is a new to me author. I asked for this ARC. I liked the blurb. And I liked this: +Great dialogue—it sounded like real conversations. +More showing than telling at the beginning. +Class/social gap angle +BIPOC MC Where it was off: -I needed more on the mystery angle. Too much personal stuff & sex vs. plot. -The mystery wasn’t explored and was rather straightforward. Very easy to This started out as a solid 4 star read....but, it soon devolved into a “that’s what you’re going with?” 2.5 finish. This is a new to me author. I asked for this ARC. I liked the blurb. And I liked this: +Great dialogue—it sounded like real conversations. +More showing than telling at the beginning. +Class/social gap angle +BIPOC MC Where it was off: -I needed more on the mystery angle. Too much personal stuff & sex vs. plot. -The mystery wasn’t explored and was rather straightforward. Very easy to guess. -The MC was too trusting/gullible, esp for a financial analyst. -The reveal was an avalanche of words, none of which had been previously alluded to in the story. -The resolution/epilogue was strange & I no longer felt invested in the guys. This could have been a great book—it needed to be longer. The MC needed to be a little more clued in—he was supposedly an ace at his job, but he couldn’t figure out some of what was going on?? I enjoyed the first half of this book, even if the mystery angle wasn’t strong. I enjoyed the initial chemistry between the men. My rec? Take this with a grain of salt, be willing to forgive, and you’ll likely enjoy this book—fab dialogues! “I requested and received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3 stars As this book opened, the storyline and characters drew me in. Rick has just accepted a job as a financial analyst, a job he wasn’t the most qualified for, but one of the owners, Cecily, took a shine to him and made sure he was hired. Cecily pays special attention to Rick, even including him in the family New Year’s Eve party where Rick meets Kim, a seemingly mysterious man. Rick is closeted where he feels he needs to be and he hasn’t let his employers know he is gay A Joyfully Jay review. 3 stars As this book opened, the storyline and characters drew me in. Rick has just accepted a job as a financial analyst, a job he wasn’t the most qualified for, but one of the owners, Cecily, took a shine to him and made sure he was hired. Cecily pays special attention to Rick, even including him in the family New Year’s Eve party where Rick meets Kim, a seemingly mysterious man. Rick is closeted where he feels he needs to be and he hasn’t let his employers know he is gay and he and Kim start a quiet affair. The book then never regained the initial spark for me as the murder and supposed intrigue plotline took over and wasn’t put together that well. Rick is said to be smart and as a new hire is working on the company’s biggest project. Yet, he comes across as fairly clueless. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    R

    Rick is swimming in debt with no way out. He is offered a dream job and is very excited at the turn of events in his life. Then he meets Kim, also a very exciting turn. Kim is everything he’s ever wanted in a man. Then everything starts to go wrong. This was an okay mystery/hookup story. I liked the characters but never felt that they had a strong link. The writing was good but there again it felt a little disconnected. The mystery was interesting enough to keep me reading. It sounds like I didn’ Rick is swimming in debt with no way out. He is offered a dream job and is very excited at the turn of events in his life. Then he meets Kim, also a very exciting turn. Kim is everything he’s ever wanted in a man. Then everything starts to go wrong. This was an okay mystery/hookup story. I liked the characters but never felt that they had a strong link. The writing was good but there again it felt a little disconnected. The mystery was interesting enough to keep me reading. It sounds like I didn’t like the book but I did. It was perfect for reading on a snowy afternoon with a little time to spare and not to be embroiled in a deep dark book. Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon Rick has lots of debt and needs his new job as a financial analyst. It's probably why, when he starts noticing some suspicious info while at his job, that he doesn't dig into the info further. If he had, he would have saved himself a whole lot of trouble. But then, he wouldn't have met Kim, the new man in his life. The only question is, who is Kim really? This was an entertaining mystery. It wasn't hard for me to see what was really going on, so it wasn't all that mysterious, but I like Amazon Rick has lots of debt and needs his new job as a financial analyst. It's probably why, when he starts noticing some suspicious info while at his job, that he doesn't dig into the info further. If he had, he would have saved himself a whole lot of trouble. But then, he wouldn't have met Kim, the new man in his life. The only question is, who is Kim really? This was an entertaining mystery. It wasn't hard for me to see what was really going on, so it wasn't all that mysterious, but I liked the premise. It felt like a case of the week TV show or something, except the connection between Rick and Kim didn't feel all that strong. So, taken as a mystery, I liked Blood Red Roses, even if it was a tad predictable. The romance part, though, was practically nil, though. I wanted a more developed relationship, and I definitely wanted a stronger, more complete ending that didn't feel so rushed. ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for an honest review. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    so this cover is what caught my attention.. it is absolutely gorgeous and i was like i need to read that and i am so glad i did.. it was amazing and action packed.. it was heartbreaking and wonderful.. it was sexy and fast paced.. it kept me guessing and curious and i loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristian Parker

    Great characters especially the main character Rick. I loved his relationship with his sister. Some good twists and turns in there to keep you guessing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    AshPenny37

    The blurb for Blood Red Roses: My Bloody Valentine really hooked me - I love a romance entangled in a murder investigation, so I was excited to be given an ARC by GRR. I think this is an OK read. Certainly, there's so much promise in the first 35 - 40% of the book. There's lots of really solid scene setting and atmosphere building with Rick's immersion in  the S and G world, his relationship with his sister and his introduction to Kim. The bombshell of the murder in Rick's home is dropped quite The blurb for Blood Red Roses: My Bloody Valentine really hooked me - I love a romance entangled in a murder investigation, so I was excited to be given an ARC by GRR. I think this is an OK read. Certainly, there's so much promise in the first 35 - 40% of the book. There's lots of really solid scene setting and atmosphere building with Rick's immersion in  the S and G world, his relationship with his sister and his introduction to Kim. The bombshell of the murder in Rick's home is dropped quite nicely and the ensuing investigation starts as you'd expect. For me, I'm afraid, this is where it starts to falter a little. After all the careful structuring to get to the point where the real crux of the mystery could start to unfold and build to a huge reveal, we're lead by the hand in a 'straight line' towards the final showdown; so the relatively short length of the book means we get a quickly resolved plot that doesn't have enough twists and turns to truly create tension. There's a lot of signposting to the culprit's identity, too.  Of course, this is just my opinion, but I feel that Blood Red Roses could have been a great romantic thriller (i.e. exactly the booked I'd hoped for from the blurb), but it would have benefited from a strong editorial hand, maybe. It's a great premise. The themes around family and class/wealth are explored really well and there are strong foundations for the MCs. I like the dynamic between Rick and Kim in the beginning. A more developed second-half plotline and digging deeper into the characterisation of the MCs would bring a balance between the mystery and romance elements that's missing for me. For example, the addition of a 'red herring' or another plot device would be an opportunity to give the MCs a bit more depth. As it is, Rick regresses into being unbelievably naive, acting like the most stereotypical patsy at times; and Kim almost completely vanishes for a while so there's no blending of their growing relationship with the murder investigation/action. This also makes the final chapter feel a bit off kilter to me, too. Overall, I think Blood Red Roses is one of those books that will work perfectly well for readers who tend to prefer a quick, easy read; but readers who want more depth to relationships and more intensity to a mystery might be left feeling a tiny bit disappointed. 3* This is an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne Harris

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through Rick and his sister Ella Have never really had it easy now they were trying to pay off the debt of his dead father. And they also were trying to take care of their mother, that was in a care home due to early onset stage dementia. Rick has been going to every interview he could get and thankfully he got an opportunity now. Yes he had cooked CV a little bit but it didn’t matter he got the job he was now going to work for Swanson & Gerrard as a Junio Thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through Rick and his sister Ella Have never really had it easy now they were trying to pay off the debt of his dead father. And they also were trying to take care of their mother, that was in a care home due to early onset stage dementia. Rick has been going to every interview he could get and thankfully he got an opportunity now. Yes he had cooked CV a little bit but it didn’t matter he got the job he was now going to work for Swanson & Gerrard as a Junior analyst. Maybe now things were gonna look up for them. Rick just want the cake care of his mum and his sister. On his first day his boss Cecily was a little bit flirty and Rick felt bad because what she didn’t know was he was gay but the company didn’t seem that excepting of people that were different so he was going to keep that information to himself. Plus she was getting married in a few weeks so hopefully all this will fizzle out. Asked to go to an evening at the Savoy Hotel as they are working on a very big account. Rick had to go out and buy a new suit and he looked the part, walking in with the ladies in their Fancy dresses and this is where he met Kim. Kim was at the Savoy when he saw a very good looking young man Trying his hardest to not offend the woman who was with him because if he was correct that young man was definitely gay. Kim goes over and chats with him and they hit it off straight away but Rick has to be careful. But could temptation be too much??. I really don’t wanna tell you any more about this book because I don’t wanna give anything away what can I say okay so you know about Kim, Rick and Cecily what you don’t know is there’s also a murder. This book kept me on the edge of my seat I kinda thought I knew the plot. But still I was Chyna surprised in place I was quite surprised in places. This is the first book I’ve read by SJ Cole And I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us next And I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us nextI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joyffree

    3.6 bloody secrets This was a steady breadcrumb event mystery What do I mean? There was a consistent undercurrent that was present throughout the story. It kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had an idea of where things were going I ended up hitting a wall or another clue sent me in a different direction - only for me to find I was back where I started with the Who's and Why's. I am not a patient person and it took everything I had not to peek at the ending I do wish the author had spent a touc 3.6 bloody secrets This was a steady breadcrumb event mystery What do I mean? There was a consistent undercurrent that was present throughout the story. It kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had an idea of where things were going I ended up hitting a wall or another clue sent me in a different direction - only for me to find I was back where I started with the Who's and Why's. I am not a patient person and it took everything I had not to peek at the ending I do wish the author had spent a touch more time however when it came to the unveiling and wrapping up - That is me however each of us will feel differently The physical relationship between Kim and Rick was smoking - but something was missing - Kim kept himself emotionally just a fingertip out of reach and as a reader I felt it I questioned some of Rick's reasoning skills at times but when I looked at the whole picture I probably would have made the same choices. He was so close to having nothing. He had a closet full of (perceived and real) skeletons that he was afraid of having exposed. He was gifted this life-altering opportunity and like most he was a bit wary of rocking the boat. Then there was Cecily - the woman is thirsty! Oh and Cooper - who I was a bit irked with but I understood - didn't say I was happy with him but... And Sis - you do what you think is right If you are looking for an even-paced mystery that has a low angst level yet still packs a few punches with its twists - Oh and yes, plenty of steamy romance Then give Blood Red Roses a whirl

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juniper Greer-Ashe

    Rick has plenty to worry about: dire financial straits, dependent family members, and an amazing new job that will pay the bills-- but rests on the fact that his resume is more than slightly doctored, plus his new boss seems more than professionally interested, and the firm’s business dealings are more mysterious than they should be. At least he meets Kim, a man whose charm, wit, and beauty seem to be matched only by his interest in Rick. This is a great setup for a noir-style story, and I have Rick has plenty to worry about: dire financial straits, dependent family members, and an amazing new job that will pay the bills-- but rests on the fact that his resume is more than slightly doctored, plus his new boss seems more than professionally interested, and the firm’s business dealings are more mysterious than they should be. At least he meets Kim, a man whose charm, wit, and beauty seem to be matched only by his interest in Rick. This is a great setup for a noir-style story, and I have to say I think this book really delivers on many of the genre’s core components: femme fatale who clearly has another angle? Check. Naive but compelling protagonist? Check. Mysterious love interest who may or may not be more than they seem? Check. World full of corruption and double-dealing, where money is the only thing that matters, potentially everyone is crooked, and there are always at least three hidden meanings to every piece of dialog? Check and double check. Did I occasionally want to shake Rick for his inability to process what was happening around him? Absolutely. But I think this is intentional-- Rick might be living a scenario straight out of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, but he doesn’t recognize it as such, mostly because he so desperately wants things to be normal. This is endearing, and relatable-- I felt for him, even as I wanted him to read the room occasionally. *I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Rick has finally landed a job that is going to help him to change his life and that of his family. It's been a long road… lots of challenges, but finally, Rick has a great job at a firm that he studied at University. Okay… so his boss seems a little too interested in him, but he can deal with that. When he meets handsome stranger Kim Bailey at a business event his life gets far more interesting on many levels. This novella is pure entertainment. It's part romance, part mystery, there are some gre Rick has finally landed a job that is going to help him to change his life and that of his family. It's been a long road… lots of challenges, but finally, Rick has a great job at a firm that he studied at University. Okay… so his boss seems a little too interested in him, but he can deal with that. When he meets handsome stranger Kim Bailey at a business event his life gets far more interesting on many levels. This novella is pure entertainment. It's part romance, part mystery, there are some great characters, and I enjoyed the intrigue. I found that the plot progressed quickly and the author laid out just enough clues for me to have my suspicions about what was going on. I want to note too; the action is really well written! Rick and Kim were great together. I love the way the author captured the feel you get when you meet someone fantastic. Sometimes, people just seem to fit together. The characterization in this is great. The short length didn't stand in the way of me feeling invested in Rick and his family. I loved the speed at which the plot was unveiled. I certainly had trouble putting this book down. There are a couple of twists here and there so I'm struggling a bit to review without ruining the plot! I really enjoyed this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    CAROLINA

    Rick struggled for years trying to get a chance in life to help take good care of his sick mother. When the opportunity to work for a big company comes his way, he grabs it, even if he has to play a part to fit in that new world. Even if it means he needs to keep his interest for men, and a particular man in this case, shoved deep down the closet. But a dead body in his flat turns everything upside down and he needs to prove his innocence. S. J. Cole was a new author to me and I really enjoyed thi Rick struggled for years trying to get a chance in life to help take good care of his sick mother. When the opportunity to work for a big company comes his way, he grabs it, even if he has to play a part to fit in that new world. Even if it means he needs to keep his interest for men, and a particular man in this case, shoved deep down the closet. But a dead body in his flat turns everything upside down and he needs to prove his innocence. S. J. Cole was a new author to me and I really enjoyed this story. Although the mystery was easy to figure out very early (years reading Agatha Christie helps too 😄), it still didn't keep me from enjoying everything else. The secret relationship between Rick and the evasive Kim was fun and steamy. And despite Rick being so naive that it annoyed me at times, I still liked him and wanted him to be able to overcome all that mess and have a chance to a good life. I liked that it had a nice enough ending, not a heart melting HEA. It suited the story so well and it's so difficult to see this type of ending. Bonus point for this ⭐

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annu

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review. This book opens up with a good story line. The relationship between the brother and sister was very potent and I liked how they communicated; how to deeply attached they are to each other. The basis of mystery is laid out very well. Each chapter has enough gusto to keep you turning pages. However, one thing that I couldn't absorb was the fact that the main character is written as way too gullible, especially keeping in min Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review. This book opens up with a good story line. The relationship between the brother and sister was very potent and I liked how they communicated; how to deeply attached they are to each other. The basis of mystery is laid out very well. Each chapter has enough gusto to keep you turning pages. However, one thing that I couldn't absorb was the fact that the main character is written as way too gullible, especially keeping in mind his past, about which not much information is given, but is hinted as a bit wild. Considering this and how much he has gone thru regarding racism, I would have assumed him to be written as a bit more cynical and cautious of people in general. But its a good a mystery, no one seems as they are and its fast paced. If you are looking for a short and good mystery read then this book will serve the purpose.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Rick Bailey is an accountant and is offered the job of his dreams that will get him out from under all his debts and family obligations. It just must have been opportunity knocking on his door. Rick was the corporate patsy and he fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Little does he realize the dastardly, greedy, and creepy motives. Dirty business behind the scenes, an attractive man coincidently appearing, ulterior motives on the part of said man, Kim Bailey, a dead body discovered in Rick's bedr Rick Bailey is an accountant and is offered the job of his dreams that will get him out from under all his debts and family obligations. It just must have been opportunity knocking on his door. Rick was the corporate patsy and he fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Little does he realize the dastardly, greedy, and creepy motives. Dirty business behind the scenes, an attractive man coincidently appearing, ulterior motives on the part of said man, Kim Bailey, a dead body discovered in Rick's bedroom, with suspicion pointing to Rick. I liked the murder angle and the honest feelings Kim developed for Rick. I'm not great at mystery solving so the ending came out of left field for me. The conscience clearing acts of contrition had the ring of reality to it and it left me with a HEA or maybe HFN ending. I am writing the truthful review in exchange for the ARC I was given by GRR.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy_B

    In a lot of ways, this book was everything I love in a romantic thriller. If I end it wanting more of the protagonists, even though their story is done? Yeah, that’s a good read. Told entirely from Rick’s POV, I was pulled along with all the tension he felt. Things are finally looking up for him, but he can’t quite escape a niggling feeling that something may be wrong. Next thing you know - DEAD BODY! There’s a hard line to keep in place in these type of books - too often, the targeted protagonis In a lot of ways, this book was everything I love in a romantic thriller. If I end it wanting more of the protagonists, even though their story is done? Yeah, that’s a good read. Told entirely from Rick’s POV, I was pulled along with all the tension he felt. Things are finally looking up for him, but he can’t quite escape a niggling feeling that something may be wrong. Next thing you know - DEAD BODY! There’s a hard line to keep in place in these type of books - too often, the targeted protagonist does stupid for no apparent reason. For me, I understood his motivations. The guy’s life had been pretty horrible, he needed to believe something would go his way finally. My quibble: it went by *really* fast. I would have loved to see more on the page just because parts were too tantalizing, like a taste from a buffet table that is cleared away too soon. More of Rick’s backstory would have made his motivations even clearer, and the mystery could have had more page time, too. I can’t wait to read more from this author, though. I received a copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews. This is my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I have to thank Gay Romance Reviews for giving me a copy of this and finding me a new author to follow. I like the romance/suspense to this story. Rick is a guy who just needs a break and when one comes, he jumps at the chance overlooking plenty he should not have. It is easy to see his indecision in this. Kim is not who I expected him to be. I could tell from the start he wasn’t who he said he was but I expected him to be different than who he turns out to be. The attraction between these two r I have to thank Gay Romance Reviews for giving me a copy of this and finding me a new author to follow. I like the romance/suspense to this story. Rick is a guy who just needs a break and when one comes, he jumps at the chance overlooking plenty he should not have. It is easy to see his indecision in this. Kim is not who I expected him to be. I could tell from the start he wasn’t who he said he was but I expected him to be different than who he turns out to be. The attraction between these two really sets the heat level hot. I really enjoyed this story. I read for relaxation and fun and this story more than gave me that. Since this is the first book I’ve read by this author, I’ll be looking for more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Cox

    Three stars rounded up to three and a half. I received an ARC of Blood Red Roses by this new to me author and it was an okay read. I will happily read more by S.J. Coles. The book starts off with a lie so you know that things are going to go downhill. Rick has a new job - important and involving lots of money. He is in financial difficulties so this job is his way out. Rick is put in charge of brokering his firm's largest deal and things prove to be not quite what they seem. When a man is murdered Three stars rounded up to three and a half. I received an ARC of Blood Red Roses by this new to me author and it was an okay read. I will happily read more by S.J. Coles. The book starts off with a lie so you know that things are going to go downhill. Rick has a new job - important and involving lots of money. He is in financial difficulties so this job is his way out. Rick is put in charge of brokering his firm's largest deal and things prove to be not quite what they seem. When a man is murdered inside of Rick's new flat things become much more complicated. Then, after the deal goes through, another man is murdered. The writing is good and I thought the book well edited. The story was interesting but I really didn't like Rick and Kim together. They didn't seem to fit - even after all is revealed. As I said earlier, I will happily check out other books by this author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Racheal Celatka yunk

    A little white to get a well deserved job that he needed to support his mom and sister is how Rick looked at starting his new position. Getting hit on by his female boss that is soon to be married he assumes he can handle, meeting handsome Kim is a plus but a dead body is more than he signed up for. Especially when all signs put to him as the killer. The good thing is his boss believes him and so does Kim but the closer he gets to him the more Rick feels there is something he is hiding. This was a A little white to get a well deserved job that he needed to support his mom and sister is how Rick looked at starting his new position. Getting hit on by his female boss that is soon to be married he assumes he can handle, meeting handsome Kim is a plus but a dead body is more than he signed up for. Especially when all signs put to him as the killer. The good thing is his boss believes him and so does Kim but the closer he gets to him the more Rick feels there is something he is hiding. This was a good who done it storyline. Just when I thought I had a clue there was more twists to the storyline. Don't want to give any spoilers but I would definitely recommend if you like twist, turns, mystery and mayhem with your romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Mccorkell

    Based on the blurb, this had the potential to be brilliant. Unfortunately for me, it was a let down. I found the main character Rick, despite everything he and Ella had been through because of their parents growing up, to be completely naive, and a walk over. Despite questions he had in regards to the job, his boss and Kim, he completely ignored his instincts. Then as the story built up and up, the actual finalisation of the mystery and ending of the story were both complete let downs. I advise t Based on the blurb, this had the potential to be brilliant. Unfortunately for me, it was a let down. I found the main character Rick, despite everything he and Ella had been through because of their parents growing up, to be completely naive, and a walk over. Despite questions he had in regards to the job, his boss and Kim, he completely ignored his instincts. Then as the story built up and up, the actual finalisation of the mystery and ending of the story were both complete let downs. I advise this as a readable story

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    I don’t delve into romantic suspense too often, much less a romantic mystery, but I decided it was time, so when the chance came to review this book, I jumped. First off, the main characters. I liked Rick. He was doing his best to help his family by putting aside his music dream to take a job for the $$$ as a financial analyst. His desperation to help those he loves comes through because he fudges on his résumé. Read more here: https://maggieblackbird.com/2021/02/0... I don’t delve into romantic suspense too often, much less a romantic mystery, but I decided it was time, so when the chance came to review this book, I jumped. First off, the main characters. I liked Rick. He was doing his best to help his family by putting aside his music dream to take a job for the $$$ as a financial analyst. His desperation to help those he loves comes through because he fudges on his résumé. Read more here: https://maggieblackbird.com/2021/02/0...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Murphy

    This is a murder mystery that had me interested in knowing who, and why. I don’t want to say too much and spoil things for other readers. So, here's what I will share, my personal opinion of Rick wasn't a high one. I felt like Rick was extremely naive, and he lacked any sense of self-preservation. It became hard to continue supporting him while being so frustrated with him constantly. What had me continuing was my curious nature, I wanted to see the mystery play out. Others may not have the same This is a murder mystery that had me interested in knowing who, and why. I don’t want to say too much and spoil things for other readers. So, here's what I will share, my personal opinion of Rick wasn't a high one. I felt like Rick was extremely naive, and he lacked any sense of self-preservation. It became hard to continue supporting him while being so frustrated with him constantly. What had me continuing was my curious nature, I wanted to see the mystery play out. Others may not have the same feelings towards Rick as I do, so I recommend trying it yourself. I hope you enjoy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This author is new to me but I will be reading more. I also don’t normally read high angst and mysteries. However, the blurb got me. This was a really old book. The good guy, Rick, is an amazing character. The author led us down the mystery lane keeping the angst in the air but you weren’t really sure it was there. It was like an unspoken undercurrent that just never went away. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bretton Coppedge

    This is part of a valentine's day multi author event except love isn't the only focus, so is murder. Because this was such a quick read I read it in about one sitting. As to be expected the plot moves very fast. Many events are explained to the reader after they happened. But one of the things we do get to see is the blooming attraction between Kim and Rick which was enjoyable. So I would recommend this to those that are looking for shorter reads and don't mind a little blood with their love. This is part of a valentine's day multi author event except love isn't the only focus, so is murder. Because this was such a quick read I read it in about one sitting. As to be expected the plot moves very fast. Many events are explained to the reader after they happened. But one of the things we do get to see is the blooming attraction between Kim and Rick which was enjoyable. So I would recommend this to those that are looking for shorter reads and don't mind a little blood with their love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Coline Peterson

    I really enjoyed this mystery wrapped up in a love story my first by J.S. Coles but definitely not my last. From the first page to the last I was drawn into the story just trying to figure our who did it and why but mostly how Rick and Kim would resolve all the issues that were created in their lives and their relationship and more forward after everything that has happened, if they ever could.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ida Umphers

    I was intrigued by the premise of this book, naive man hired into a high powered firm who gets in way over his head. The book fulfilled its mission for me. The characters and the mystery kept me entertained for an afternoon. The story could have been longer and the ending a bit more fleshed out and detailed, but a solid, entertaining read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julynn

    The author did such a good job establishing an undercurrent of unease

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    DNF @ 53%

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edga

    I love a good mystery and really wanted to like this story. The premise was good but, unfortunately, I never quite believed the connection between the two MCs. The dialogue between the two was good, but the romance was hard to believe in. Even by the end of the epilogue, I still wasn't really convinced. The story has a good strong start, unfortunately it never really lived up to its promise and just petered out. I feel that in the second half of the book, the mystery/romance could've been tighte I love a good mystery and really wanted to like this story. The premise was good but, unfortunately, I never quite believed the connection between the two MCs. The dialogue between the two was good, but the romance was hard to believe in. Even by the end of the epilogue, I still wasn't really convinced. The story has a good strong start, unfortunately it never really lived up to its promise and just petered out. I feel that in the second half of the book, the mystery/romance could've been tightened up a little.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Malia Winger

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  31. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

  32. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Coles

  33. 4 out of 5

    J.S. Collyer

  34. 5 out of 5

    Stéphanie

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  36. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  37. 5 out of 5

    Lexy_lists

  38. 4 out of 5

    Wildfelix1

  39. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  40. 4 out of 5

    Josh Dale

  41. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  42. 5 out of 5

    Nimpatan

  43. 4 out of 5

    CHERYL

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