Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Loose Ends
AUTHOR: Jeff Erno
PUBLISHER: Ai Press
LENGTH: 183 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2017
Homicide detective Tucker Brown hasn’t always made the right decisions, but one thing about his life he’ll never regret is his son Jaydin. While at the hospital for his four-year-old’s tonsillectomy, he encounters Jaydin’s nurse, Ivan Ramsey. Tucker is taken aback, however, when he discovers he’s been assigned to investigate the potential murder of Ivan’s mother.
Ivan Ramsey is a pediatric nurse, and he loves his job more than life. Raised in a devoutly religious family, he’s not yet out to a lot of people, but on the very night he chooses to come out to his mother, she dies tragically in a house fire.Devastated by the news, Ivan all but falls to pieces, and to make matters worse, a cocky, know-it-all police detective shows up asking nosy questions. The cop implies his mother’s death might not have been an accident and even infers a family member might be responsible.
Tucker and Ivan at first clash. Their strikingly different personalities are oil and water, but soon they begin to work together to determine the real cause of Ivan’s mother’s death. In the process, sparks begin to fly and a romance ignites. Ivan falls hard, not only for the sexy detective but also his adorable son.Tucker, equally smitten, has made some discoveries he can’t yet reveal to his lover. There are so many loose ends and unanswered questions for both of them, and when the truth finally comes out, it just might tear them apart.
Loose Ends is a unique, intriguing, entertaining mixture of a romance and a detective story. I had a good time reading it and Jeff Erno brings his usual solid writing and great characters.
The plot-lines are well built and woven together to create some nice tension and enough conflicts to keep us on our toes. The first twist was totally unexpected and it brings the story to a whole new level. It is very interesting to see how the emotions are surfacing along the way and how our characters react to unexpected and life altering events.
I really enjoyed the kid angle. It was very well written, lifelike and totally adorable. The parenting line was also absolutely lovable and I wish there were more dads like our two MCs.
All the issues brought up along the way are well built in the story-line and we get some interesting insight of the author’s opinion and world view. There are also some touchy subjects done real well with honesty and heart. The family issues were so real and I am grateful for the way Ivan’s mom got redeemed at the end.
Ivan and his situation were the weakest points here for me. His situation was really complicated and I couldn’t always identify with him or his reactions. I really don’t want to spoil anything so let’s just say I’m not sure I can feel all the emotions the way they happened, some were a bit out of place for the situation, but overall everything fell into place. I like that there was no unnecessary complications or conflicts. Everything felt natural and well paced.
We get an entertaining read with a great couple and lots of heartwarming scenes. Hope you enjoy it.