Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.
In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.
Review: Seb is a in a dying relationship with a closeted detective. Seb knows he’s not happy but four years is hard to walk away from. He owns a shop that deals in antiques and books. His life has become monotonous and not in a good way. Everything changes one morning when he finds a heart under the floorboard in his shop. Seb isn’t the only shop owner in his line of work who recently has things happening to him like this. The investigation brings the sexy detective Calvin Winter into his life. Seb is extremely attracted to Calvin despite his boyfriend Neil’s warning that Calvin is a no nonsense homophobe. Seb keeps putting himself into the investigation which puts him in Calvin’s crosshairs. They like each other despite everything saying they shouldn’t. The break ins, murder investigation and attraction to another man forces Seb and Neil to face some hard truths they’ve been avoiding about their situation. Not that that frees Seb up to explore whatever it is going on between him and Calvin. Seb is a person of interest in an open investigation. Oh and Calvin is also in the closet.
I really liked this book. It’s a fun and quirky murder mystery with brooding cops and tons of literature references revolving around the crimes. The sexual tension built between Calvin and Seb was fantastic. There was an overlap of Seb’s relationship with Neil and starting one with Calvin. Normally this might bug me but you know Seb isn’t happy with Neil. He doesn’t want to be someone’s dirty little secret. Seb’s got other problems besides Neil though. He’s obviously being targeted by a crazy person. He of course doesn’t let that stop him from sticking his nose into everything concerning the investigation much to Calvin’s dismay. I enjoyed this part of the story. It was both freeing for Seb after pulling away from Neil but it also adding a ton of tension between Calvin and Seb. And got Seb into trouble frequently which is fun for me as a reader.
There was a ton of witty banter between the characters. This book is a mystery with a good portion of the book’s emphasis on the strong attraction and possible relationship happening between the MCs. I enjoyed the push and pull between them. Their chemistry was super sexy. For me the bad guy was fairly obvious but there was some doubt thrown in there to keep it interesting. Lots of fun secondary characters to keep me entertained at all times. I adored Seb and seeing things from his POV. Calvin is more than he appears too. I enjoyed Seb peeling away his layers throughout the story. This was just an all around good book. Great characters. Compelling story. Sexy romance with lots of tension. An interesting murder mystery. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author for sure.