Title: Hide and Seek
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing
Release Date: October 19, 2022
Genre(s): M/M Romance, M/M Mystery
Page Count: 305
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I devoured this book in one sitting because, bottom line, I am a total sucker for second chance romance.
And this story of Andy returning to the appropriately-named Safehaven to help out his injured great uncle Cuthbert and reconnecting with his first love, bad boy Quinn Rafferty, fits the bill.
Leaving an abusive ex-cop boyfriend, Andy returns to Safehaven to tend the antiques shop "Time in a Bottle" while Uncle Cuthbert lies in a coma, the victim of a savage beating in connection with a break-in. There are a few obvious suspects - the deliciously dysfunctional couple Clark and Fleur Skylar - and as the break-ins continue, the mystery grows.
When Quinn Rafferty disappeared one night (when he was 18 and Andy was 16), Andy believed him dead ...
"Because otherwise why wouldn't Quinn have let him know where he was? Why wouldn't Quinn have told Andy what was going on? After everything - after what they had meant to each other - But it turned out Andy had been as wrong about that as all the rest of it. Clearly, Quinn had not felt the same."
Sometimes the bad boy is just a messed-up kid who doesn't know where to turn. And sometimes that kid becomes (how can I say this ....) an "international man of mystery" which works for the story but lets Quinn off the hook in a way by too quickly encapsulating what made Quinn the man he is today.
In any case, Andy finally solves the mystery which has led us through a tantalizing array of suspects and motives. I suspect some readers are not going to be as forgiving of Quinn; however, the mystery kept my interest throughout and c'mon, the bad boy and a geeky museum curator get back together. 4 stars.
I received an ARC from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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