Title: Finding the Truth
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages/Word Count: 45 Pages
At a Glance: This is a sexy short story that brings Marcus and Jake together to find answers about a case, and maybe their future.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: P.I. Marcus D’Angelo thought he’d solved the mystery surrounding the rumors of shakedowns and extortion in Little Italy involving Sal Ravello. Now he’s worried he could be wrong.
His boyfriend, magazine reporter Jake Reilly, suggests that Marcus’ informant was feeling a little bitter after his friends sold up and moved away from the old neighborhood. Was the man’s information more self-serving than true? Marcus realizes this is possible, and also realizes he’ll have to go back, recheck everything and find confirmation.
But there’s something else that worries Marcus more—there’s a chance Jake’s new job could mean him being sent to the Far East for several months. Can their relationship survive a long separation?
Review: This is technically the fourth story in this series, although the third book is more of a companion novella rather than a story about the main characters in the first two books. This book won’t make much sense, however, without having read at least the first two stories of this series.
At the end of the second book in this series, Looking for Answers, Marcus thinks he has the answer to the question about how Mitch Ravello, son of Sal Ravello, has been accused of loansharking and shakedowns in Little Italy. Since Mitch is the boyfriend of Pete Latouche, the son of the Chief of Police, there are definitely several interested parties who wanted to get to the bottom of these shadowy accusations so that Mitch and Pete can get on with their lives.
As Marcus reconsiders what he’s learned about Sal and his fellow Italian neighborhood residents, something doesn’t smell right. He thinks that maybe he’s fallen hook, line and sinker for a story that is more about misleading him from the truth and most likely away from the real story. His relationship with Jake is still new, and he doesn’t want to put Jake off, but he really feels he needs to pursue this further.
For his part, Jake wants to be supportive, but he also doesn’t want Marcus to get so wrapped up in this that he loses sight of the rest of his life. But as Marcus grows more and more certain that he’s missed something obvious, Jake does back him up in his pursuit of a different avenue of searching for the truth. Without trying to arouse suspicion, Jake and Marcus set out to see if they can find out what really happened between Sal and the other men in the neighborhood.
In addition to the stress of trying to find the truth for Sal and Mitch, Jake receives a call that he may need to leave town for months on an assignment. Since he’s the new guy, he may not have a choice and neither Marcus nor Jake is excited about the possibility of a separation, considering they have just moved in together. They are really enjoying being together and this feels like a big sword hanging over their heads.
They doggedly pursue this new line of questioning, and while at first it seems like there is no one left to provide any more answers to Marcus’s questions, they finally find an unexpected ally. Turns out that maybe the answers were right there all along and the Ravellos may finally get closure after all.
I enjoyed what there was to this story. Jake and Marcus are very hot together, and it’s nice to see them working as a team to try to find the truth. This series is a quick read, and since all three books are out now, they can be enjoyed best read in order all together.
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