Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Two Weeks to Life
SERIES: Fated Soulmates book 4
AUTHOR: John Charles
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: March, 15 2017
After thirty years on the force, Detective Carl Bellwin thought he’d seen it all. He had developed a protective shield around himself, keeping the rape, murder, drugs, and other crimes compartmentalized and away from his emotions. He didn’t have time to date, didn’t have time to socialize, and didn’t have time for hobbies. The force was his life, but his protective shield was crumbling
An innocent girl was missing. Her single mother grieved, wondering if she would be planning a funeral. The seedy part of Clarkesburgh had become the hunting ground for a gang that kidnapped teens off the street, forced retailers to launder money and sell their drugs, and victimized anyone who stood in their way. Carl, at whits end, had no leads.
Elijah Quinta traded one high stress job for another. Purchasing a bankrupt Inn and developing it into a five star resort became more than his full time job: The Bliss Inn became his life. Though he tried, anyone he dated accused him of having a mistress. They were right; he was married to the inn.
Carl never thought attending his nephew’s wedding would change his life. For the first time, he realized what he was missing. Everything he thought was important faded into the background.
When he met Elijah, Carl’s life took on a new meaning. Could he turn Two Weeks To Life? Could he let go of the only world he had ever known?
Two Weeks To Life is the fourth book in the Fated Soulmates series, but can totally be read and understood as a standalone. I haven’t read any of the first three books and although we obviously meet characters from the previous stories, I could easily catch up and follow everything, and didn’t feel like I was missing something.
I really like the idea of this story. I always enjoy reading about more mature (read older) characters and our Detective is a great example of a hot, strong and sexy silverfox. The main idea of the book is great and we have two hardworking characters who are both married to their jobs but deep down both of them desire something more. We get some exciting mystery coming from Detective Carl Bellwin’s job as well as some insight of how to manage a busy spa/inn, which is Elijah’s first priority. These two guys’ chance encounter and immediate attraction lead to life changing events and unexpected turns neither of them is willing to ignore.
That being said the execution could have been a lot better. Most of the time the words were all there, but there was nothing behind them. I couldn’t get the feels that are so important, especially for such an insta-love kind of story. The changing third person point of view was often confusing, and the added first person thoughts made me read back a few times to make things clear. I am not saying anything about typos, just that I hope the story has another set of edits/proofing before being released.
The first sex scene was also a bit unexpected and heavy between almost strangers and the following concept of differentiating between love and domineering was just absolutely wrong imho.
Overall I would say it’s a good story that left me missing some closures, especially in connection with Carl’s detective job. His change of heart was a bit unexpected and how he left things unfinished was strange for me. The chemistry between the MCs got a lot better in the second half of the book and Carl and Elijah totally deserve their sweet happy ending and their future life together.