Erryn reviews ‘Relevant Law (The Fearless Heart Book 2)’ by Janice Jarrell. The ebook was released by the author on September 25, 2021 and is 348 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Walker Williams, released on April 13, 2022 and is 10 hrs and 8 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for honest reviews.
Why I read this book: I love Colin and Josh..
They’d been through it all and emerged victorious. Now they stood on the very brink of a whole new life bursting with possibilities and renewed hope for the future. Colin will take the bar exam and begin his promising career as an assistant commonwealth attorney for the city of Charlottesville. Joshua receives his second PhD and adds forensic psychologist to his list of achievements. What could possibly go wrong?
Three students are abducted from the University of Virginia campus. All three are recovered alive but have been sexually assaulted and brutally beaten. From his new position as assistant commonwealth attorney, Colin partners with both campus and city police in a combined task force determined to solve these horrific crimes and put the perpetrator behind bars. But can they succeed before the “campus abductor” strikes again?
The abusive and volatile husband of one of Joshua’s patients threatens his life. Suddenly Joshua is under siege as he is stalked both at work and at home by an unstable assailant.
Entangled in both these life-threatening situations, Colin struggles to protect both the university he loves and the man he adores. But…
“Oh God, Josh, my sweet love, if anything’s happened to you….” His voice trailed off, unable to voice the unthinkable.
“NO!” Joshua’s mind shrieked. “I can’t give up! I won’t give up! Colin will come! He’ll come!”
Warning: This novel discusses sensitive material that may be distressing to some listeners. Relevant Law explores themes of abduction, physical violence, and non-graphic sexual assault.
I’m always hesitant to become invested in a series where it’s the same couple over and over. I mean, that’s real life, I guess, but I’m just as happy to see a couple get their HEA at the end of a book and then move on to another couple. At first, that’s what I believed Ms. Jarrell was doing. The first book in this series very much centers around David and Nate – a lovely couple. In the background was Colin and Josh. The next book was their story. I figured a third couple would emerge in the third book. I was wrong. Ms. Jarrell keeps going back to these two men as they navigate their lives. I figured I’d be bored of them by now.
I mean, this book starts with Colin taking the bar exam. Yawn fest. Except it wasn’t. I knew he was going to pass – this is Colin, after all – but I wanted to see how that kind of pressure affected him. In the past he’d almost buckled. But would Josh’s love be enough to bring him through? Then Colin moves into the prosecutor’s office and I was fascinated by the inner workings. And, all the while, Josh has interesting clients who keep the forensic psychologist on his toes.
From the blurb, and from Ms. Jarrell’s previous books, I knew something bad was going to happen. And I knew it’d turn out okay. But okay is super relative. How much damage could be wrought? And what were the ramifications? As always, this author doesn’t shy away from going to the dark places. But I knew there’d be light – and there was.
I have to say I’m enjoying Walker Williams’s narration of these books. I really enjoy his performances. This book would be a nice end to the series, but I suspect there’s at least one more to come. I’ll jump on that one as well.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
My name is Janice Jarrell. I am a retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I have two children and three grandsons. I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men. Hell, I didn’t even know what a homosexual was. I lived on a farm out in the sticks in a tiny Michigan village and I’d never, to my knowledge, even heard the word. I just knew I loved the thought of boy-on-boy romance. I just knew that there was something hot going on between Tom Corbett and his Space Cadets and all those guys on ‘Combat’.
I wrote slash fanfiction for 30 years, writing over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble), some as long as a series which was over 119,012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.
Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. I will always be grateful to the slash fanfiction community for nurturing the budding author until she was ready to blossom into a fully realized novelist. It’s been an amazing thing to watch the gay community’s growth over these past twenty years. My own journey has echoed theirs in many ways, and I’m grateful to all those gay activists who fought to give the gay community the rights and privileges they always deserved. Love’s Trials, Love’s Glory, and Love’s Lawyer were the second and third, and forth books in the series and all four books are available in audio format on Audible.
I’m also grateful to the gay romance community, readers, authors, publishers and promoters, who are making these, my retirement years, the most creative ones of my life. When I’m not writing, I’m traveling, walking, hiking, knitting, crocheting, and weaving.
I’m very excited about the upcoming release of my fifth contemporary gay romance novel, Relevant Law. Those of you who fell in love with Joshua and Colin in the four previous books in this series are in for a bit of angst in this latest episode. A dark and sinister cloud hangs over the University of Virginia after three students are abducted, raped and beaten. Colin works with both campus and city police to catch the perpetrator, but his hard work and effort proves futile when Joshua turns up missing!
Despite their struggles there are still many passionate, loving moments and the friends they treasure will be there to help them find their way.