Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages
At a Glance: I like the tone Ethan Stone in Flesh and Blood. It may have been a risk, but I think it turned out well.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Detective Cristian Flesh is about to find out that he can only run from his past for so long.
When a local man is attacked and the suspect is a hustler, Cristian knows there’s more to the case than meets the eye. His investigation will lead him into a maze of lies, deceit, and underage prostitution. But that’s only the beginning as people start disappearing and turning up dead. Cristian begins to realize that solving the case and stopping the murders won’t be enough. If he wants to make his new life with lawyer Colby Maddox work, he’ll need to face the demons of his past and put them to rest once and for all.
Review: I always seem to look at Cristian “Bello” Flesh as the tough, snarky guy, but he has a lot of issues and demons that he’s dealt with all of his life. While he faces and fights his demons, we see him becoming a more emotional and caring person toward Victor, the homeless kids, and with the deaths of friends. We see him come face-to-face with his family, and confront his past. Most of all, I think he comes to realize how much he does love Colby.
Colby “Big Guy” Maddox is still very protective of Cristian, and little by little they work together and chip away at Cristian’s rules. Colby has so much love, patience and understanding for Cristian. Colby is in this relationship, no matter what. I couldn’t have been more in agreement when Colby left the law firm; he should have done it sooner. Cristian has always been supportive of Colby opening his own law firm.
There’s also some new characters, FBI agent Drew Bradley and Jed Harper, a homeless kid. I hope Jed Harper gets a story of his own to see how the ranch is working out.
I like the tone Ethan Stone in Flesh and Blood. It may have been a risk, but I think it turned out well. There was crime, court trials and justice prevailing, and humor, but more so, this was a story about Cristian and Colby’s decisions about their own personal lives and their life together. There also are two blurbs at the end of this story for books 3 and 4. I sort of wish they hadn’t been there because one of them surprised me. I hate spoilers, so I am not going to tell!
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