Book Reviews

How to Save a Life (The Haven 1) by Sloan Parker at Loose Id

Genre Contemporary / Mystery/Suspense / Gay Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 29-January-2013

Book Blurb

Five minutes inside and he can no longer deny the truth about his sexuality. He turns to the one man he can't get out of his head, the sexy ex-cop handling security. Too bad Kevin doesn't trust cops. Not since the only night he let himself be with another man.

Walter Simon doesn't do the club scene anymore. Not since he found love and lost it. That doesn't mean he'll let anyone hurt more innocent gay men. Even if that means going head-to-head with the klutzy, closeted, much-younger reporter. Kevin has information about the disappearances. Better to keep him close. And safe.

Neither is at the club to hook up or fall in love. Now they must work together amid their growing passion in order to uncover the truth before more men disappear.

Book Review

There are many ways to save a life, not just figuratively but literally as well. In Sloan Parker's 'How to Save a Life' Walter Simon and Kevin Price learn that the hard way when, together, they embark on an investigation of men who have gone missing, hoping to save their lives. At the same time, they begin a journey which will also save their lives, giving them a brighter future and a sense of redemption, if only they can put their demons to rest and come to a meeting of the minds.

Kevin Price is absolutely adorable. He's got such a good heart and such an emotional burden to bear. He's smart and he's funny and I love that he's a klutz. Characters with flaws are among my favorite because their imperfectness is what makes them so appealing. He comes close to being my favorite although, Matthew, also featured in this book, but introduced in 'MORE', still holds that title. It was delightful to see Matthew again in this story, along with his partners Luke and Richard; all of whom had small, but important roles. Kevin couldn't have been in better hands. Kevin's biggest secret is that he's in the closet, denying that he's gay. When he meets Walter, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain this conception and Walter makes it even more difficult with his sexual innuendos and jabs about Kevin kidding himself; and then, there's the kiss. Kevin is determined to make him see that he's more than just a clumsy kid not just sexually, but intellectually as well. Kevin's instincts as a reporter can't be denied and Walter develops a growing appreciation of his skill in that area.

Although a supporting character in 'MORE', I fell in love with Walter for his patience and understanding with the main character, Luke, who was not an easy guy to like or get along with. In fact, because of his 'one night only' attitude, stemming from past problems with his father; Walter is the only person Luke trusted and called friend and that was enough to show me the kind of man he is. Walter is a tough guy with a heart of gold. He's also persistent and stubborn and often believes his way is the best for everyone. He tries not to let his emotions show, but when it comes to Kevin, he fails miserably. No matter how hard he tries to make excuses for them not working out, Kevin hangs in there. Both men have their fear of losing someone important to them and the associated guilt accompanying the loss which inhibits their progress in life, but both know they need to get beyond it and it's a difficult trip.

Of all the stories Sloan Parker has written, I believe that 'How to Save a Life' is her best to date. Sloan has woven excitement, intensity and lots of angst, with interesting characters, deep emotions, into an ardent love story. The mystery clues are strategically placed as the story progresses and the changing points of views are outstanding, helping to give the reader a better understanding of all parties involved as the mystery unravels. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a cryptic, well told love story, with a good twist or two to keep you guessing, and, of course, a happy ending. Thanks, Sloan, for the great read.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2013
Price $7.99
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