Real Risk (West Coast Forensics Book 3) by Elle Keaton #LGBTQ #Audiobook #Review #Thriller #Mystery

Erryn reviews ‘Real Risk (West Coast Forensics Book 3)’ by Elle Keaton.  The book was published by Dirty Dog Press on April 21, 2022 and is 234 pages.  The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean.  It was released August 7, 2022 and is 8hrs and 23mins.   This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

It’s possible they’re a match, but first the two men will have to survive trial by fire.

Chief Flynn is fighting smoke and flames, tirelessly protecting the lives and property of his fellow islanders from yet another spate of fires.

Arson or accident?

When injury puts him on the sidelines, West Coast Forensics Arson Investigator Kimball Frye offers his assistance. Frye is the most irritating man in the world, a condescending know-it-all who rubs Devon the wrong way.

Or does he?

Decades ago, an arsonist stole his family from him; since then, Frye has devoted his life to putting them behind bars. At 49, he doesn’t believe in permanent relationships, instead preferring the company of interchangeable younger men.

Is the arsonist trying to shift the blame onto Devon or trying to kill him? If it’s the latter, it just might work.

Feeling the pull of attraction to Devon as the firebug grows bolder is inconvenient. Will Kimball listen to his heart or his head? The younger men he’s always preferred are nothing like the solid, stalwart fire chief.

#SlowBurn #OppositesAttract #LoveLaterInLife #ProtectiveHeros #Bickering #SlowSlowSlowBurn

Real Risk is the third in the West Coast Forensics series and can be listened to as a stand-alone but may be enjoyed more if you hear Real Trouble and Real Danger first. It is dual POV following Devon Flynn and Kimball Frye as they bicker and fumble their way to their happily ever after.

Why I read: I’m loving West Coast Forensics.

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My Review:

Devon Flynn is the fire chief on Piedras Island where fire is alarmingly common.  Aside from the standard kitchen fires and people leaving embers smouldering, something else seems to be afoot.  Several of the fires were for abandoned or historical buildings.  An arsonist was caught for one of the fires, yet the blazes have continued.  Obviously, something’s going on.

Kimball Frye just can’t stay away from Piedras.  Ostensibly because some of his best investigators from West Coast Forensics now call the island home.  Also because of a certain attractive fire chief.  Sparks fly between the two men, but it’s Kimball’s help when Devon is injured that really turns the tide on the relationship.  Kimball’s relationship to lethal fires broke my heart, but watching him work with Devon definitely helped heal it.  And their bickering is legendary.

They’re also willing to come together to solve the arson problem on the island.  Not just because people are getting hurt, but because Devon’s become a suspect. I have to admit, some of the groundwork was laid in previous books, so it shouldn’t have been a total surprise to me.  That being said, a few of the twists I didn’t see coming.

I’m really enjoying these books and am glad there are more to come.  Naturally I hope they’ll be put onto audio and narrated by the amazing Michael Dean.  I can’t wait.

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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