Publisher: Tygerseye Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Detective, Series
Derek “Crash” Wheeler never really wanted to make detective. He was a good marine and a great beat cop, but now he has to deal with cases like the one that just landed in his lap. Multiple deaths. Probably a serial killer. And if that isn’t bad enough, now he has a crazy ex-profiler calling and texting, acting like he knows exactly what’s going on.
Matthew Herrera has more than one clue about Derek’s case. He worked on a serial murder case once that took everything away from him, and while the perpetrator went to jail, Matthew knows the case isn’t over. This murderer likes to play games, and he doesn’t work alone.
Racing against time, Derek and Matthew have to learn to work together to solve this case, and they find they have a chemistry they can’t deny, even if it feels selfish to indulge. People are dying out there, and it will take all their skills to work out this puzzle before it’s too late, or before one of them becomes the next victim.
I loved this first book in a new series. It’s a wonderful mix of mystery, tension, romance, and a nasty serial killer with his eye on one of the MCs. I liked how personal the race to find the bad guy was, and how all the clues came together. I’m already looking forward to the next book as it feels that, although this part of the puzzle is finished, Derek and Matt’s fight against the person behind everything is far from over.
The story hooked me in immediately. I thought using puzzles as a plot point was very clever, and I liked how Matt was able to use them to figure out the bad guy’s next move. Poor Matt! I liked how the authors didn’t pull any punches in showing how much he’s been through. I also liked how Ben is still very much a part of this story and Matt’s life. I kept wondering how much more Matt will lose before this series is done. I thought the authors did a great job in showing how scarred he is.
I liked Derek, and the chemistry between him and Matt. They’re what the other needs, and I liked how protective they already are of each other. I’m seriously worried that Derek is now a target, and kept second guessing what could go wrong as I was reading.
The tension is palpable throughout and keeps rising. Nicely done!
I hope we won’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next.
5 out of 5 stars.