Book Review by Kristie: Darkness, by Kate Sherwood

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Darkness, by Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law, Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Law Enforcement


This series just keeps getting better. As Jericho tries to solve a new case of murder in his small town, the tension and ties that bind him and Wade grow stronger. Or should I say, things become more tense. So much so that the point of breaking is close. It’s this main continuing story line that has me coming back for more and more.

The murder plot that Jericho is working on not only adds to the tension between he and Wade, but it impacts Jericho in ways he might not yet be willing to face. There is a lot of story here, between the lines, and it’s really been enjoyable to weed through it all. Although, the manner in which the murder mystery is “solved” was troublesome for me and left me feeling a little bit miffed, I did appreciate the outcome.

I’m finding myself really rooting for these men. I’m wishing for them to find their happily ever after. How that will be possible, I don’t know, but getting there is all part of the journey when reading a series. It’s part of the fun, no matter how painful it can be at times. As emotions run high, I’m excited to find out how it all ends.  Bring on book four!


Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.


You can purchase Darkness from:
Riptide Publishing
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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