Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Adieu Warm Sunshine
AUTHOR: C.E. Case
PUBLISHER: Supposed Crimes
LENGTH: 168 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 01, 2016
Pamela Costis is just another dancer/addict loitering at the stage door with no autographs to sign. She tells herself she’s not looking for anything, but when the black town car pulls up and reveals a tall, dark stranger, she’s intrigued enough to get closer.
Sunflower “Sunny” Darling is unmistakably a cop, except she’s really something darker, but that doesn’t matter until Pamela goes missing after their one-night stand. No one else seems to have noticed.
Sunny can’t accept Pamela’s disappearance as anything ordinary. She delves into the theater underworld, but finds only dead ends.
Have you ever read a book, got to the end, and gone what the hell did I just read? And not because it’s blown your mind but because you literally have no idea what you just read? Well that’s how I felt upon finishing this story.
Given the above, this is a difficult book to review. It begins with Sunny and Pamela hooking up for a night of sex. At least safe-sex was discussed. Shortly thereafter, Pamela mysteriously disappears, and thus begins Sunny and her partner Vash’s crusade to find out what happened to her.
The leading characters were odd, they both work in law enforcement, but not is all as it seems. To quote Sunny… “She had never, outside of her job duties, committed a crime. Committing a crime felt like doing her job, which felt weird.”
There’s mention of Pamela’s boss, who blew his brains out, or did he have a heart attack? (Both are mentioned) dabbling in kiddy porn… something that doesn’t amount to much on page, so don’t panic.
Numerous characters get a turn to give their POV, yet I never got a feel for any of them. Pamela is kidnapped, then learns she is being held for other reasons, then is taken to another place, an asylum, then prison. There are a number of scenes that aren’t really scenes as the characters are dreaming. Oh my god, I’m so confused even writing this.
There’s what could be conceived as a racial slur early in the story, perhaps that overshadowed everything else? I can’t really say why I couldn’t get a grasp on the plot. I tried… twice.
While there’s some adult content and a HEA, I personally wouldn’t categorize this story as a romance. After a one night stand the heroines, one of whom’s last lover was a male, fall hard for each other, but due to Pamela being whisked away their story as a couple is only revisited near the very end.
I really hope readers take a chance on this book! It’s well written with very few errors. Unfortunately, the plot flew over my head.