Erryn reviews ‘Elusive Relations (Valor and Doyle Book 2)’ by Nicky James. This book was released by the author on July 25, 2022, and is 429 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo. It was released on September 14, 2022, and is 11 hrs and 37 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Temporary Partner.
Life was easier when rival detectives Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle kept to their own sides of the building. They could forget the one glorious night they’d shared and move on.
But when Aslan is called to a homicide and discovers one of the victims has a personal history with Quaid, he knows a confrontation is inevitable.
When news about the case spreads, Quaid can’t help but get involved. He wants answers; if not for himself, then for the families of the victims.
Joining Aslan and his partner, Quaid uncovers more than he bargained for—too many secrets and lies in a case that is dangerously personal.
Plus, the more time he spends with Aslan, the harder it is for Quaid to ignore his attraction to the playboy detective.
Aslan, who doesn’t believe in repeats, can’t seem to stop flirting with the grumpy MPU detective, and his rules go out the window as they’re drawn deeper into the case.
But what happens when one more night turns to two, and two turns into three?
Does Quaid want to risk his heart again?
Has Aslan developed feelings?
Can they put a stop to their fun and walk away?
Do they want to?
The Valor and Doyle mysteries are a same-couple ongoing series and should be enjoyed in order. The main mystery plot of each book will be resolved within the story, but there are elements that are overarching throughout the series.
I was eagerly anticipating this book. I’d loved the first Valor & Doyle book and was excited to see where this one was going to take me. Aslan and Quaid had an uneasy truce at the end of book 1. They’d had sex. And since Quaid was still dealing with a manipulative ex he kept letting back into his life, and Aslan didn’t do repeats, it seemed their relationship might be at an end. Seeing as it was only book 1, I knew more was coming.
Ms. James didn’t disappoint. This next book was as thrilling. The mystery was amazing, for sure, and at the end I was like, well of course all the while going – what clues did I miss?
What kept me going, of course, was the relationship between the two men. This murder that Aslan and his partner have been assigned is very personal to Quaid, so of course he wants to be involved. And as much as Quaid and Aslan have sworn to keep apart, they have the history of the notch in the bedpost that gets repeated. And then repeated. Soon, this aren’t clear at all. Soon, both men are rethinking their previous stances. Soon, all the reasons they needed to stay apart feel less significant – more like they can be overcome.
Finally, there’s the overall arc of Quaid’s missing sister. We got the full story of how the young girl disappeared and what that disappearance did to his family. He joined MPU as some way of making up for her loss – maybe even with the vague notion of one day tracking her down. I have a strong feeling this story will be resolved in the next book – and I can’t wait.
Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job narrating this book and I look forward to the next in series.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
I live in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and I am a mother to a wonderful teenage boy (didn’t think those words could be typed together…surprise) and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband, who thankfully doesn’t think I’m crazy.
I have always had two profound dreams in life. To fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world, not bogged down by technology and to write novels. Since only one of these was a possibility I decided to make the other come alive on paper.
I write mm romance novels that take place in fantastical medieval-type settings and love to use the challenges of the times to give my stories and characters life.