Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.
Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.
Review: If you visit my GR profile you’ll see that, so far, I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Mrs. Fielding, I’ve been a fan since her early days.
With Positive, I was enjoying the book so much. The unique idea, with a serial killer who is shooting random people in the streets with darts filled with HIV infected blood…I mean, really, who thinks of something like that?! Amazing, right?
I felt the same way, Brent, though a little bit on the whiny side, was a great lead. With his own demons and issues. Being positive himself the case hit way too close to home. His husband Shawn, the detective on the case, was also a great character, strong, stubborn at times, but interesting.
The book would have been a solid 4 stars if once the case was solved the author wrote “The End” but alas, it didn’t work that way and it all went downhill from there. The little things that annoyed me from the characters only got worst.
The whole M/M/M thing happened, and even though I saw it coming, I didn’t understand the need for it. Yes, some may argue that it was to prove/show that Brent and Shawn´s relationship was strong enough, but honestly, they’ve been together for 10 years, they are still together after what happened to Brent, they are still together after the diagnosis…did we really need another test? I don’t think so. If, as an author, you have to write a blog post explaining the reasons why there was an M/M/M scene in your book, then in my opinion there is something that didn’t work with the scene.
Then the trip happened, and the random encounter with another alike couple, becoming fast friends. Brent´s apparent new famous status, that even on the other side of the world they´d know who he is, when only a couple of weeks before he was just a writer for a small local newspaper? Nope, very unbelievable.
How it felt…for me, it was like the story had an end, but the author felt that there were missing bits and pieces, like acts in a theater play; so she went and added those like pictures, at the end of the book you find four more chapters of things that are related, but they are really not.
It´s a weird feeling, it just didn’t work.
There is also a whole page explaining how Brent makes his lemonade, you know, just in case you need a new recipe.
Read it at your own risk.
Reviewed by Connie
Posted on October 13, 2013, in Connie and tagged Connie, Contemporary, Cops, DSP, Established Couples, Friendship, HIV, Journalist, Law Enforcement, M/M/M, Murder, Off Page Cheating, off page rape. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.