Long Shadows (Common Law #1) by Kate Sherwood #mm #review @RiptideBooks

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LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Double TimeTAGApril's Showering Words

This story has interesting characters, they take the small town attitude to far. People in a small town aren’t  going to  behave the way they do in this story.
While the book is well write and entertaining, it just kinda starts and ends in the middle of a thought.  Jericho one of our main characters is dropped into a very shaky situation.  He has a very innocent view to be an LA detective.  All throughout the story he is still determined to believe the other characters tell the truth, and law enforcement agencies are honest.
Wade is the local bad guy, into drugs and gun running, but he is friends with Jericho and goes out of his way to help. I like him, but he just doesn’t come across as the bad guy that they play him out to be.
Overall well written just not my favorite story.


Wow! What a ride.  This is the first Kate Sherwood book that I’ve read and it’s completely different than what I’d set myself up to expect. I had prepared  for an angsty romance, and man, I’m so glad it wasn’t. I love Jericho and the other cast of characters. Kayla, the Mosley town sheriff and the local (criminal) bad boy Wade were childhood friends with Jericho. With Jericho’s “temporary” return to town, the three of them are pulled together once again. Jericho is reminded of his youth, the town bringing out the rebel in him that causes him to clash with the DEA who are investigating Jericho’s father’s death. Everything was unveiled in such a way that kept me reading, wondering what would be revealed next. I really like the mystery and how the difference between Jericho, Kayla, and Wade were needed in order to solve the mystery.


I went into this knowing it was a four part series, expecting only hints of a romance intermingled with setting the stage for the next book to come. For the length of the story, the story was complete, no part rushed or skipped over. The ending left me excited to read  the next book in order to see how the upcoming issues would be resolved. I have to admit, I really enjoyed the lack of angst. They are my favorite kind of stories because I like plots that are more substantial. And seriously, Nikki and her kids were just plain fun to read. I couldn’t guess what Nikki would do which I really liked.


I really loved everything about Long Shadows. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to everyone. I look forward to the next one!

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