Bone to Pick by TA Moore #LGBT #Review

Dana reviews Bone to Pick by TA Moore (Published by Dreamspinner Press, August 14, 2017. Length: 240 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home. 

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better. 

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

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Well, I’ve been wanting to read this author for a while now, and I’m so glad I was able to get a review copy of Bone to Pick. It is a very engaging mystery with an attraction between a sheriff’s deputy and a FBI agent.

I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a romance because Cloister Witte and Javi Merlo are… maybe in denial of what they want or possibly think they don’t deserve to be happy? It’s a case of enemies to lovers because the last time the two worked together it didn’t end on a high note. Cloister is an interesting man. He doesn’t say a lot but he is smart. He prefers to keep a low profile and just do what he is told. He has a complicated family history that is skated over and I really want to know more. Javi is more in your face, and get things done. He is aggressive and looks down on Cloister for his position and where he lives. I wonder if it is just to create a barrier between him and Cloister. He wants sex, nothing more, and it’s easier if he can tell himself he doesn’t like the other man.

The real highlight of the story is the mystery. When a boy goes missing from a vacation spot, Cloister and Javi have to work together, along with Cloister’s K9 partner, to find him. As a mom, this story twisted at my gut, because it appears that it is a kidnapping. I was constantly worrying about whether they can find the boy in time. Part of me wanted the kidnapping solved in a chapter or two so I could rest easy. But,as a mystery fan I enjoyed as each part of the puzzle was revealed. There are false accusations, and incorrect assumptions but slowly they do find out who is behind it all. Though there is a positive outcome, the kidnapper’s motives broke my heart. I can’t condone his actions, but I could see how what happened to him as a result of his family’s lack of money and homelessness would twist him the way it did.

There isn’t a series title listed so I can’t tell if there will be more to come of Cloister and Javi, but I can say that I really hope there will be. I am engaged by the characters. I want to know more about them and what made them who they are. I want to see if they can get over themselves and have something good together.I thought the author really handled the mystery well and I want more of that, too. I would definitely recommend picking up this book if you enjoy a good mystery but don’t expect a lot of romance or an HEA.

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars


TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.


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