Searching For Shelter

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Total-e-bound, Jan 19, 2016 - Fiction - 145 pages
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Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.

After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded—how could there ever be space for love in his life?

Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.

Rich isn’t so sure about the rough-looking Diego—even if he’s always thought he was hot—but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.

It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love—they want him dead.

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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Hot pink skyline foreground and casino backdrop wrap around a lone man. His
expression is serious, features are prominent. The synopsis sounds intriguing and exciting.
Looking Deeper:
Third-person POV. Although this is the sixth book in the series and I've not read any of the previous books in this series, I had no problem following the characters and plot. Diego is rugged, outdoorsy-type man. He is part of the LV Search and Rescue, and enjoys rockclimbing as a hobby. Rich is about ten years younger, and considerably smaller than Diego. He is the assistant manager at the coffee shop that he's toiled away at over the past five years and whatever time is left over, he puts into the teen shelter, working to create a bigger and better program for the kids as well as expanding it to enlighten more of the LGBTQ kids. The chemistry is both gradual and combustible, a bit hard to explain... but it's cute and enjoyable to read as it unfolds. The secondary characters run a full spectrum... there are several characters that are mentioned, but do not have an actual role in the book (I'm assuming this is where having read the previous books would have been a benefit) as well as characters specific and directly involved in this plot. Only a few of the secondary characters were actually likeable. Most were not. The dialogue seemed natural and the interaction was believable most of the time. There was plenty of plot dimension and dynamic suspense to keep the reader guessing at what would happen next and who the "bad guy(s)" is/are. Ms. Knight's writing style is smooth, providing an easy-flowing plot. The conflicts are met and resolved in manners fitting their situations. Predictability is low. The conclusion felt awfully abrupt and sort of random, it felt disjointed from the rest of the story. Although it is implied that Diego and Rich will have their HEA, it was left open enough for another book to begin where this one leaves off. It was not a truly solid or satisfying ending.
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Rating: [R+] ~ Score: 4.0 ~ Stars: 4
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About the author (2016)

Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.

If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.