For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood tells the story of closeted paramedic Adam and out and proud forensic pathologist Sam. They’re former classmates who are brought together while they work on a shared murder case.
This book was adorable. Well, as adorable as a novel depicting a gory murder can be. Adam and Sam were perfect together without being obnoxiously so. Usually I get impatient with closeted characters because I don’t like the idea of keeping a relationship secret (which is what the closeted men ask their partners to do). However, Ashwood did such a good letting the reader into Adam’s head that I had sympathy for his predicament – super masculine job combined with a bigoted family makes for a difficult environment to come out in. It was Sam who stole my heart. He had the perfect mix of sympathy for Adam and not putting up with his crap. They challenged each other in a way that made me root for their relationship, even when things looked grim.
A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood blended love with mystery in a way that kept me turning the pages. I would personally recommend this book.