Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.
Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.
Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.
In this contemporary series launch set in the fictional town of Trowchester, England, Beecroft (Captain's Surrender) introduces two endearing middle-aged protagonists. Fragile Michael May leaves the London police after witnessing one too many homicides. He returns to Trowchester determined to rid his childhood home of his deceased father's sadistic energy. Eccentric bookshop owner Fintan Hulme, who has managed to stay honest for a few years, stumbles back into purchasing and selling stolen antiquities. Given the nature of their professions, both men know a romantic relationship is ill-advised, but they struggle against a potent physical and emotional attraction. A multi-ethnic, diversely gendered cast of characters inhabits this homey universe. Some are sweet, like runaway Sarah, and others drawn with comic exaggeration, like criminal twins Benny and Lisa, "thin and swift and nervous as the speed-freaks they were." Finn's belief that "if the heart is going to err It's surely always best to err on the side of love" underlies an entertaining, emotionally satisfying mix of intrigue, mourning, adventure, comedy, and romance.
Such a great book with a twist that surprised & brought tears. As you probably know it’s about a cop who is just fed up will everything just NOT. Not going the way it should. Not having a life. Not being able to save another lost soul which broke him.
So like many, including myself moved. Moved to a place he grew up, but with that came all the past ghosts that haunted him for years.
Loved this book so much. It’s book 1 of a series, however this book can stand alone if you like.
Myself, I can’t wait to find out what happens next ..