Real Trouble (West Coast Forensics Book 1) by Elle Keaton #LGBTQ #Audiobook #Review #Thriller #Mystery

Erryn reviews ‘Storm Season (West Coast Forensics) 1’ by Elle Keaton.  The book was published by Dirty Dog Press on May 20, 2021 and is 260 pages.  The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean.  It was released August 20, 2021 and is 7hrs and 37mins.   This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read: I loved Conspiracy Theory and adore Michael Dean.

Rule Breaker. Troublemaker. Heart Taker.

Needs him like oxygen.

Dany has so many secrets. He’s not on the island by accident, he’s not a nice guy, and he’s using a fake name. He’s laying low, but he must have been born under a bad sign, because the very man he’s hiding from walks back into his life.

A new life in a new town seemed like the right decision for Soren. Discovering Dany living on Piedras brings back all the feelings he’s tried to forget.

Too bad Dany is just as compelling as he ever was.

Two men from opposite sides of the law: Can they set aside their differences and trust their hearts?

Real Trouble is set in the Veiled Intentions world. Soren and Dany first appear in the Shielded Hearts series (When It Rains). Real Trouble can be listened to as a stand-alone, is dual-POV following our heroes as they fight their way to their HEA, and is the first in the new West Coast Forensics series.

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My Review:

I haven’t read all of Elle Keaton’s backlist, so I wasn’t familiar with Soren and Danny before I began this book.  But I have to say, I fell in love quickly.  I empathized with Danny’s desire to walk away from his old life – especially his family name.  And then to feel like people were judging him because of that association even though it’s long in the past.

Soren also wanted a fresh start.  Away from the memories – most especially of the man he’s never forgotten.  When he sees Danny on Piedras Island, to say he’s shocked would be an understatement.

Anyway…  Usually it’s dead bodies turning up on Piedras but this time it’s arson.  Fires are abounding and it’s up to Deputy Soren to figure out what’s going on.  Danny’s caught up, but he’s not really a suspect – at least to Soren.  Danny might’ve run in the past, but it’s obvious he’s trying to set down roots and lighting fires to his places of employment isn’t going to help him.  I love that Danny’s tried to make himself better by studying to be a chef and how he wants to make the local hotel’s menu into something special.  Cue Cody, the manager, from the last book.  I have high hopes he’s going to get an HEA one of these days.  Plus it seems Ryder and Shay are in each other’s spheres again.  Romance anyone?

The mystery kept me guessing and I enjoyed the story.  I can’t wait for the next instalment in the series.  And, of course, I have to mention Michael Dean.  He’s the perfect narrator for this series and I just adore him.  Can’t wait for the next book.

My Rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

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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.

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