Title: Gumption & Gumshoes
Author: Alex Kidwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 207 Pages
At a Glance: Alex Kidwell, you now have a new fan, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: August Adahy Mendez would rather be buried in the world of his detective novels or a good film noir movie than in real life. He’s overweight, undermotivated, and stuck in a dead-end job. As a Chincha, he’s part of a long line of chinchilla shifters, but the greatest accomplishment in his life so far has been moving an hour away from his close-knit herd. That all changes when August’s grandfather leaves him enough cash to pursue his dream: becoming a detective himself.
Sam Ewing is a bitter divorcé who enjoys watching football and being alone. It’s easier when his only interaction with people is when he collects rent from his office building tenants. Then August rents space from him to set up his new detective agency, and Sam is drawn to him despite his misgivings.
Sam soon finds himself involved with one of August’s cases, and the men join forces to catch their criminal. The greater challenges they face, however, are how August makes Sam want to give love a second try and how Sam makes August believe that real life might be even better than fiction.
Review: Have you ever had something on your TBR shelf that’s just been sitting there gathering dust, figuring you’ll get to it sooner or later? Well, I’ve challenged myself to finally read that backlog of books this year as part of a personal challenge, and dang, I came across this cute little jewel that has been out and circulating for awhile.
Apart from being a chinchilla shifter, August is basically an ordinary person, and I easily fell in love with the character. With the help of his grandfather’s inheritance, August is finally following his dream of becoming a detective. Unfortunately, the reality of being a detective is not what he expected. The job is mostly about chasing down cheating spouses, and the pay sucks. It doesn’t take long before the inheritance is almost gone, and the office August is renting becomes just a tad difficult to pay for on time.
Rent day… Sam figured when he bought an office building, he’d have a nice little nest egg for his retirement. What he didn’t count on was that when rent was due he’d have to chase down some of his tenants to get his money. Sam does start off as a bit of a jerk, but once you get to know about his history, and realize that he’s built this wall of gruffness to protect himself from hurt, it doesn’t take long to really like him. Sam turns out to be a romantic marshmallow when it comes to August, and Sam sees August as one hell of a sexy man.
Of course, August finally gets a real mystery to solve, and the rent is due, which brings these two together. The fact that August is a chinchilla shifter makes the plot even more interesting as well as cute. I loved how Sam found out about August being a shifter.
Breaking down the main obstacles these two characters have: Sam sees himself as too old for August, and August considers Sam to be one of the beautiful people who would hardly give him a second glance, what with his belly rolls. His own self-image screws with him. It’s the relationship building between these two MCs, and how they both overcome their self-image issues to find their HEA, that made me fall in love with Gumption & Gumshoes.
Alex Kidwell, you now have a new fan, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. I also would love to listen to Gumption & Gumshoes in audio. It’s a reread for me.
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