Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

Title: A Forced Silence
Series: Zero Hour, 1
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, contemporary,
Pages: 196
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
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.

Cate Ashwood has a great start to her Zero Hour series with A Forced Silence. I love the pure romantic nature of this book. I also love stories where people meet who have gone to school together, and see how they are as adults. I liked that part it gave it more of a foundation for a great romance.
Sam, he is shy and reclusive. To the point his best friend drags him out. He is a forensic pathologist. He gets very disconnected from people, but he is very smart, not to mention ambitious always has been even in school.
Adam thought that Sam was a driven pain the arse at school. When he sees him as an adult, he cannot help but want the strong man he has become. Adam is firmly in the closet. He doesn't want to lose his job and come out either.
But what Adam has to learn is sometimes being true to yourself is more important than what people think of you. I liked how Sam was his rock in this book. Sam though reclusive and shy really has a back bone of steel. They are both good men who need what the other has.
Great blend of romance and action in this book too. I cannot wait for more Zero Hour books to come in the future. I know I am going to be in line to get them.

                                     Five Shooting Stars

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