Book Reviews

Forbidden Fruit by Edward Kendrick at Silver Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-August-2012

Book Blurb

When PI Sam Young takes on the case of a philandering wife he has no clue it will lead to theft and murder. And when he stops for supper at his favorite diner, he doesn't know he'll end up meeting Jamie, a young man with aqua eyes who lives in terror of his ex-lover.

It will take all that is in him for Sam to discover who killed his client, while at the same time trying to protect Jamie. In the process, will he be able to convince emotionally battered Jamie it is possible to truly love, and be loved in return?

Book Review

As a combination of a mystery and a sweet romance, this short book was definitely a winner for me. The case PI 'Sly' has to solve is so outrageous it made me smile, yet, I bet stuff like that happens in real life. Add to that the romance between Jamie, who clearly has his own issues, and the tale is ready for take-off.


Sly is a regular PI, but a high class one. He charges a lot, but he also gets results, and what I really liked was that he first goes after one guy, then doesn’t even bat an eyelash when that same man hires him to go after the original client. Talk about poetic justice! I also liked him for the way he empathizes and supports Jamie. While he tells himself that he is only 'helping', he quietly falls for the waiter-in-trouble. In the end romance is what pulls them together though, and the rest is details. What's not to like about that?  


Jamie has had a very tough time with an abusive boyfriend. We don’t find out too much about the situation, because the focus is firmly on how Jamie deals with it. Yes, Sly helps, but most of the hard work and the 'getting himself together' again is done by Jamie. I admired him for his determination. I also loved the fact that he is clever enough to actually help Sly figure out a thing or two.


As for the ending? Absolutely perfect! If you like your mysteries with a touch (or more) of romance, if a PI who pulls no punches is your kind of guy, and if two men figuring out how they might fit together, all while being threatened by murder and mayhem sounds like an interesting story idea, then you will probably like this book.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 126 pages/26055 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-June-2012
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