Erryn & Bethany review ‘Point of No Return (Turning Point Book 1)’ by N.R. Walker. Self-published on July 9 2017, 195 pgs. Audio released on January 18, 2018, 4 hours 38 mins. Narrated by Sean Crisden.
Why we listened to this book:
Erryn: I think N.R. Walker is one of the best authors out there and anytime a new book is coming out, I get excited.
Bethany: I love N.R. Walker and love this series, so it was a no brainer to listen to the audio.
NOTE: Bethany was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviews.
Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives. He’s been labeled the golden boy of the Fab Four: a team of four detectives who’ve closed down drug-rings all over the city. He’s smart, tough and exceptionally good at his job. He’s also a closeted gay man.
Enter Kira Takeo Franco, the new boxing coach at the gym. Matthew can’t deny his immediate attraction to the man his fellow cops know as Frankie. But in allowing himself to fall in love with a man known to his colleagues, Matthew risks outing them both.
Matt and Kira work to keep their relationship and private lives hidden from Matt’s very public life, fearing it would be detrimental to their careers. But it’s not the other cops who Matthew should be worried about finding out his deepest, darkest secret…. It’s the bad guys.
Third edition – has new cover and has been re-edited, though no new content has been added.
This was one of the first books by N.R. Walker that I read and I fell in love with Matt and Kira. It is one that I have re-read many times, especially when I need a comfort read. For me it is like a hug, warm and inviting, just what I need when the outside world gets to be too much. So when I found out that it would be re-released in audio, well, I jumped at the chance to listen to it.
I fell in love with Matt from the very beginning of the book. My heart holds a special place for law enforcement since I have a family member that has dedicated years to the police force. So I knew that Matt would be a character that I kept with me for a long time. But then when Matt meets Kira I knew these two would be one of my all time favorite couples.
Matt falls hard for Kira, yet he knows his profession is not the most tolerant for gay men working amongst them. Gosh I hate that who you love still plays a role in how honest you can be at work. It just broke my heart every time Matt mentions Kira only to have the men he works with assume he is talking about a woman.
But it is not as though Kira is out at his work either. He works at a cop gym so he understands the need to not verbalize his attraction to men, but more specifically his attraction to Matt. As much as I wish being LGBTQ+ didn’t matter in the workforce, I can understand their hesitance to say anything to anyone, and in fact I really enjoyed seeing Matt and Kira get to know each other without the added pressure of friends and coworkers giving their opinion as they navigate their new relationship. It’s not all sunshine and unicorns, as Kira realizes how dangerous Matt’s job can be. Watching these two men fall in love and fight to keep it is one of the reasons N.R. Walker is an auto buy.
But listening to Sean Crisden bring these characters to life is pure brilliance. He has a way of creating a different voice for each main and secondary character. That talent is something that will always bring me back to a book he narrates. You feel engaged with the cast, like you are a part of their world.
I highly recommend this book and the audio version of it. It is well-rounded, with a solid plot and believable characters. I know it is one I re-read often, but now I know it is one I will listen to many times as well.
I’m on a bit of an N.R. Walker kick these days. This book is one of her (relatively) older books, and has just been released on audio. Since I love N.R., am a Sean Crisden fan, and an audio addict, picking this up was a no-brainer.
Unlike many of her other books, this one is set in Los Angeles instead of Australia. I missed the Aussie expressions, but since I’m Canadian and we are frequently mistaken for Americans, adapting to this different setting was easy.
Matt Elliot is an L.A. police detective who, at 28, already has 10 years with the force. He is one of a group of four detectives who investigate illegal drugs and those involved – dealers, kingpins, gangs, and others. The book begins as the four are hanging at the gym after a major bust. All of the men enjoy working out, but it’s Matt who enjoys sparring in the boxing ring with the gym’s best trainers. Kira Takeo Franco (Frankie) is the best Matt is facing that day and the sparks are instantaneous and intense. Matt’s partners don’t notice, but Frankie does. Matt may not be out – as a police officer it can be dicey –but he and Frankie feel the sexual attraction.
Frankie actually prefers to go by ‘Kira’, the name bestowed upon him by his Japanese mother. She is supportive and accepting of his homosexuality, as is his deaf Spanish father. He is their only son and they adore him. Matt lost his mother at the age of seventeen and has been on his own ever since. He has trouble adapting to both the Francos and their attractive son.
Soon, though, they fall into a comfortable routine. Kira works at the gym, while Matt puts in insane hours at the office. The team brought down a major drug kingpin, but his enterprise has continued without a hiccup. I will say there are supposed to be two surprises and I had both figured out long before they were revealed, but it wasn’t a huge issue.
In their home life, Kira and Matt are completely compatible – in and out of bed. Kira respects Matt’s need to stay in the closet, but it does hurt him.
I liked the development of the relationship. Yes, there was super-hot sex, but there is also an emotional connection, something I expect from N.R.’s books.
The thriller part of was well-done and believable, all the more so because of the strong bond between the two men. After the crisis is over, both men have to settle back into their lives, dealing with the huge changes. Of course they do adjust, but there are a few bumps along the way—same as there are in life.
Sean Crisden is one of my favourite narrators and a perfect pick for a novel set in the U.S. He also did a good job with the accents, including Eastern European and Japanese.
I recommend the book. As Kira says to Matt, “I need you”. Well, this book came at the perfect time for me.
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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