Marc reviews ‘Solace’ (The Avengement Series 2) by Caddy Rowland. This book was released on August 29th, 2015 and is about 206 pages long.
***RGR received a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review***
The Avengement Series 2: Sometimes a person gets pushed too far.
Where the hell is Brady? It should have taken about a half hour for him to walk to town and back. As Tory heads out to walk the beach searching for him, a soft smile plays on his face. He can just imagine the ribbing Brady will give him when they meet coming toward each other. Instead, he comes face to face with his worst nightmare. There is his husband, lying in the water, bleeding and gasping for breath. Brady, petrified and struggling to stay alive, tries to tell Tory something about a boat. Then his frightened eyes stare into Tory’s as he manages to say “I love you” one last time. He’s gone before Tory can even tell him the same. The police believe it’s a robbery gone wrong. Tory wonders if it isn’t a hate crime. He swears he’ll find the killer, even if the police give up trying. No one is going to get away with gutting the man he loved, leaving him like trash to die alone. Nothing will stop his pursuit of justice. Not even murder. (Note: Although there is an object tying these novels together, each gritty drama is a stand-alone psychological suspense thriller with a complete story arc.) Karma really can be a bitch—especially when it scores a willing partner.
I love good mysteries and thrillers and when I had the chance to review this book, I could not resist. From the very beginning it is clear that this story is very personal and heart-breaking.
Tory finds his husband Brady fatally wounded on the beach and is only able to spend one more moment with him, before he dies. Now, I didn’t read book 1, so I did not know the characters before, but the moment is tragic and well-written and I felt so much sympathy and anger for these characters and this love that was destroyed by hateful murderers. Tory is very sympathetic and I wanted to hug him and keep him away from the discrimination and hate he has to face, even after his husband’s death traumatized him.
Still, as terrible as the loss was, I’m glad that the author shows us directly what happens to Brady before we really get to know him and love him and his sweet and beautiful relationship to Tory in flashbacks. Had I known and cared for him from the very beginning, his untimely end would have ripped my heart out even more savagely.
The book is beautifully written, though sometimes the dialog seemed a bit too stiff or perhaps too literary to fit with the characters as I imagined them in my head. The content of their interactions really resonated with me, though.
The mystery was interesting and I especially loved that clues did not just fall into their laps, but they were smart in their plans and were rewarded for it.
One of the key apects for me was the friendship between Tory and Jasmine. I really regretted that I did not read book 1 and skipped right to the gay fiction sequel. I’m sure their first adventure was very interesting, too and I would have enjoyed seeing how their close friendship developed. Again and again, we saw glimpses of what happened in book 1 and while book 1 is not necessary to understand what happens in book 2, I think it will make reading ‘Solace’ more satisfying.
Readers who lke psychological thrillers and mysteries should definitly check this series out. ❤
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
The drama of humanity. We live, die, love, hate, win and lose in a never-ending variety of ways. Often those ways are heart-wrenching. Other times they are not. Why do people make the choices they do? Why do some abuse power? How do the powerless learn to survive? Why do a few dare to be different, while others conform–and why are so many disturbed by those who don’t?
These are the questions that have always haunted author Caddy Rowland. Those questions keep her pounding away at her keyboard, creating novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human. Caddy has always been a nonconformist. She likes to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to characterization and world building. Heroes have warts; villains have soft spots. Main characters don’t always learn their lessons because all too often we don’t, either.
There isn’t always a happy ending, but sometimes there is. Otherwise she’d be predictable. She writes for readers who like to think and feel; who like their stories to be raw, graphic, unpredictable, “real” and sometimes brutal. For readers who like their boundaries challenged; to be shown how rarely life decisions are truly black and white, but instead shades of grey. Think of a carnival midway with books instead of rides. She asks you make sure you’re the minimum height if you plan on riding alone. You must also leave prejudices and inhibitions behind the entry gate. If you can’t, Rowland’s reads might be a tad much for you.
Don’t worry. There are plenty of safer reads out there. Just step out of the line and find a more appropriate book for your reading enjoyment. No, Caddy Rowland’s novels aren’t for everyone. But then again, they just might be for you. Sign up for new book release information HERE. Caddy Rowland also writes gay m/m romance under the name of Sibley Jackson.