REVIEWED BY: Christie
TITLE: Bone to Pick
AUTHOR: TA Moore
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 247 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2017
Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.
He’s good at solving difficult mysteries.
The dog is even better. This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.
After reading the blurb to Bone to Pick, I jumped at the chance to get my little hands on it. I mean c’mon, enemies to lovers + crime and romance = happy and intrigued me. Well, the book was wonderfully written, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but wanted… More.
So, K9 Deputy Cloister Witte’s life was certainly not all sunshine and rainbows, but it made him the man he is today. Having been the “other” kid in a family where one child went missing, Cloister is excellent at finding people. Especially with the help of his K-9 partner Bourneville.
Little is known about Special Agent Javi Merlo, except that he likes to keep his work and sex life separate. And lines definitely blur when Javi pairs up with Cloister to find the grandson of his FBI mentor who went missing from an upscale retreat outside of town. The thing is, they may end up solving more than one missing child case, as this one seems to be connected to a string of others that have taken place over the span of 10 years.
I love TA Moore’s writing style, and their love of dogs shines thru bright as day. The relationship between Cloister and Bon Bon was everything to me. The one between Cloister and Javi, however? Not so much. Javi is an outright dick. There’s not really another polite way to say it. I mean, Cloister and Bourneville have a better relationship than Cloister and Javi do. And, as a romantic, I absolutely have to have my HEA. Which is SO not the case in Bone to Pick. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were H-O-T, but I need romance and feelings and definitely an HEA that makes my soul breathe a sigh of relief that the couple is finally together for good. But, that doesn’t mean the book was bad. In fact, I enjoyed it. A lot. So, if you like mystery, crime, super steamy sex scenes between two antagonistic men, and lots of intrigue, Bone to Pick definitely must be your next read.