Book Review – The Divine Roses by Richard Amos

Jake and Dean Investigations #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 248
Characters: Jake/Dean
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Hello, answers? You there?

A mystery here, a headache there. Jake Winter and Dean Tseng have mysteries coming at them from all angles. When one is solved, another always seems to pop up in its place. They’re like the most annoying weeds ever! Its enough to make anyone want to quit!

And the crazy shows no signs of stopping.

For one thing, there’s a killer stalking the famous windows of Amsterdam’s red-light district, leaving the victims with the crude mark of a rose painted onto their flesh. Plus, Dean’s dad is coming to visit—which isn’t gonna be fun.

The streets become deadlier every day…

Along with all the other stuff to deal with, the Conclave continues to grow, spreading its lies and poison, gunning for some warped version of holy revenge.

Add in a famous siren pop star rolling into the city after receiving a deadly package from an enemy of Jake and Dean’s, and there’s a heady mix of drama ready to go!

Why can’t life just be about hot chocolate and snuggles on the sofa?

A couple of guys can only dream…

The third instalment of Jake & Dean Investigations—a kick-ass Urban Fantasy tale with plenty of magic, mayhem, and an established MM relationship.

***Some characters from Dylan Rivers Chronicles appear in this book (the two series share the same universe)***

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I’ve loved this series since book 1, so while I’m sad to see Jake and Dean’s series ending, I thought this book was wonderfully satisfying conclusion. These stories are a great mix of action, drama, romance, and snark.

Jake and Dean are fabulous characters, and quite different to each other, although they both have their own demons and not so great pasts. I love their scenes together, whether fighting off bad guys, or just being together. The scenes with their daughter, Lou, are very sweet, especially when they get the time to just be a family.

The supporting cast are a well rounded out mix of good, bad, and shades of grey. I haven’t read any of the Dylan Rivers books and enjoyed his POV chapters. He’s an interesting character, as are the guys with him. The bad guys are totally insane, and I thought that came across very well. I was glad they got what they deserved, and I thought the way the pod problem was resolved was brilliant. I liked how everyone came together to help. The truth about Elijah and Parker was a very clever plot twist.

Whenever I pick up a book by this author I know I’m going to get fantastic, and original, world building. I love the mix of almost our world, yet not. The setting is one of my favourite things about the story – after Jake and Dean of course. The Netherlands setting gives it a different feel, and I like the way the culture and language blends into the plot.

I’ll have to catch up on the author’s series I haven’t read now.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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