Erryn reviews ‘Long Shadow (Veiled Intentions – Hamarsson and Dempsey Book 2’ by Elle Keaton. The book was published by Dirty Dog Press on May 7, 2020 and is 262 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean. It was released August 3, 2020 and is 7hrs and 11mins. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read: I really enjoyed book 1.
Niall’s never known anything but betrayal. All Mat wants is Niall’s heart. What will it take for him to coax Niall in from the cold?
Mat’s connection with Niall is tenuous; one step forward, two steps back. Since that night on the beach Niall’s been avoiding Mat like a bad case of the flu – which, ironically, most of his deputies have come down with. What will it take for Niall to truly believe Mat wants him for who he is?
Mat’s overworked, Niall’s unnerved, and then things really go sideways.
Will a killer destroy everything before Niall realizes they are stronger together than apart?
Long Shadow is a dual POV about a broody introvert and a somewhat patient sheriff. Mat’s going to have to prove to Niall he’s the man for him. The Hamarsson and Dempsey series follows the same couple as they find their way to their happily ever after.
I listened to book 1 in this series almost two years ago but it stuck with me. I really liked the former cop and the hometown sheriff and hoped they’d make a go of their relationship. Possible, but Niall is cynical and hard while Mat is sunnier, despite the tragedies in his life.
This book also has a murder, a separate mystery, an arson, and a whole lot of action.
Niall is sort of committed to staying on Piedras except he doesn’t have a place to live – the owners of the local motel are not enamored of the wolf hound. Fenrir is still my favorite character in the book – I am a sucker for a good dog who doesn’t always behave
The mystery part was good and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. I think what excites me the most is the fact there’s a third book coming and there are hints about what happened to Mat’s dad. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Of course I’m loving Michael Dean. His narrations are always spot on and he knows how to say tuque. (Just a little thing we Canadians love.) So on to the next.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Author/imaginator & photographer (also rare Pacific Northwest Native), Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west.
Elle shares her life with between three to five cats (depending on who’s counting), an extremely patient fiancé and a flock of young adults. She’s lived in four US states, London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has little problem finding parking even in the most difficult places.
Elle’s series made its debut spring of 2017. Accidental Roots, is set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently, some journeys are longer than others. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day. As far as we know she wasn’t actually raised by wolves.