It took a little time to warm to the characters but once it had warmed up, I fell in love with the detective.
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He was such a nice, good guy and his characteristics that at first came across as stuck up, actually ended up edearing him to me even more by the end. The blossoming romance was absolutely wonderful to read, moving deliciously slow, making me mork for it. I do wish there had been more of the romance though! Mar 22, Pia Veleno added it. While the first person narration sometimes rambled off on tangents, it was part of the character, so most of the time I rolled with it.
The entire novel needed some tangent repairs to pare down the side plots that didn't propel the story forward. Now, that being said, even though the MC tended to go off on tangents thoughtwise and actionwise , his narration was interesting and personable. I wasn't sure what to make of his charitable behavior I don't think he was paid for any of his work for While the first person narration sometimes rambled off on tangents, it was part of the character, so most of the time I rolled with it.here
Brushback (Evan Austin Mystery, #1) by Jamie Scofield
I don't think he was paid for any of his work for the duration of the book, so it got to be a little much, but then I've often found rich characters conveniently so, so take that comment with a grain of salt. My biggest complaint was the ending. It's as if the author completely forgot that the MC discovered this nugget. Or conveniently forgot, so there could be another physical confrontation.
I think this character has some good potential for a series of stories, and I expect the writing will tighten up as the author gets more experience under hir belt. This appears to be a first novel according to the GR profile.
While not a rave review, I also won't tell you to stay away from this book. Jul 15, Audra rated it liked it Shelves: It remains at 3 stars simply because I probably won't read it again.
My ratings are idiosyncratic. On the other hand, I'd recommend it for a "good read," because it did keep me guessing up until the end, and I look forward to seeing more from this author. So far, so good. My rating might improve to four stars depending on how it ends. At least the author can construct a grammatically coherent sentence and has managed to keep several balls in the air at one time. I hate boo Update: I hate books where I can guess what's going to happen plot-wise; it's clear what's happening romance-wise!
Some of the supporting characters are interesting and multi-dimensional particularly Edge , which is not something one always sees. The teenager is a little too well-adjusted and mature, but, hey, maybe the author needs a happy fantasy. Needs a better proofreader - several words are just missing in sentences, and the author does not realise "lead" is actually "led. Also refreshingly, no one has been gay-bashed. At least not so far. Mar 30, Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a fun, quick read and an engaging start to a new series.
Evan Austin is a man who likes his creature comforts and makes some hot-headed mistakes. It makes him interesting and fun and enjoyable to read. The setting of Seattle is a nice change from the expected New York or LA, and it's obvious the author is quite in love with the city.
Proper respect for that love needs to be given. Some writers put you in a city and make the geography hard to follow, but Scofield uses big locations and n This was a fun, quick read and an engaging start to a new series. Some writers put you in a city and make the geography hard to follow, but Scofield uses big locations and neighborhood names rather than street designations or out of the way "hip" locations, and the final product is a city I understand enough to like. My only concern with the novel as a whole was the rather large cast of characters. There were some characters I expected to hear more from who were lesser-used than I had expected.
Overall, I'm fine with this. The end of the first book nicely sets up the events for the second, and having all the characters named and primed means they'll be less need to fill in details later and more room for a new story to unfold. Feb 06, Sharon Cox rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a copy of a note that I sent to Jamie after I had finished Brushback. I had bought the book on the recommendation of Elisa Rolle and I'm so happy that I did.
The book is definitely worth reading. Just wanted to let you know that I finished Brushback tonight and I really enjoyed it. I read it over 2 days and I really hope that you will write another in the series although I must admit that you left the guys and the story in a good place. At the end when there was the confrontation in the pa This is a copy of a note that I sent to Jamie after I had finished Brushback.
At the end when there was the confrontation in the park I found myself having to get up several times just to get a break from the tense situation. You kept me right on the edge of my seat. I liked all the characters and I really liked the story so I'm glad that I bought it. Aug 04, jules rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
There were a lot of balls in the air here no pun intended and I thought that it felt a little messy in the middle. The murder of the DA or politician or whoever in particular wasn't particularly interesting and it was didn't serve any purpose that I could see perhaps all will be revealed in the next book? It just distracted from the main plot thread that I wanted to see play out. And RJ's birthday was always 'in a few days'. I was so relieved when it finally arrived! It was a good 3. It was a good read though, with lots of action, funny moments, and I even teared up at Roman and Evan's miscommunication.
I liked it enough to want to read more about the characters. I liked this book. It was a light mystery, with bits of humor here and there. But I couldn't really get into the zone, that nice place where you don't notice anything but the lines you're reading, for more than a few minutes. I keep getting jolted out by the grammatical errors that litter the book here and there. I hope the next one in the series would be better edited. I still finished the book though.
I liked the way the plot twisted and turned. I think with better editing and proofreading, I liked this book. I think with better editing and proofreading, the author can really shine. It's a decent first work: I thought about Drew, the briefcase full of work waiting for me, the leftover kung pao chicken sitting in my refrigerator next to the Riesling that would compliment it so well.
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Time to get on with my night. I'll let you up if you promise to never hit Taneesha or anyone else ever again. Do that and you can walk out of this alley. I twisted his arm forward, letting it bend at the elbow so I had something to grab, then shifted back. He was on the move and coming after me when he hit his feet, but before he could get his balance I had him slammed face forward against the brick wall.
Sliding my knee up between his legs, I pinned his balls to the wall and flattened his cheek against its rough surface by bracing my forearm against his neck. Sweat had broken out across Jamal's face. I lessened the pressure with my knee a little as I flipped open his billfold.
It's okay, you can tell the DOL you lost yours and they'll replace it. Now, provided the information here is current, I'll check in on you occasionally to make sure you're behaving yourself. If you are, then you and I will never see each other again. If not, we'll continue this conversation at a more convenient time. You clear on the rules or do I need to use smaller words? Jamal nodded, scraping his chin and cheek on the exposed brick. I kept him pinned while I worked the license out with one hand. I tucked his wallet back in his jeans and slid the license into my back pocket, palming one of my business cards as I pulled my hand out.
Tilting my body so that Jamal couldn't see, I extended my hand behind me and wiggled the card. Taneesha got the hint and grabbed it. You hear that, Jamal? She's willing to give you a second chance, which is more than you deserve. Now, I'm going to let you go. If I hear you've laid a hand on anyone—your girlfriend, your dog, your worst enemy—that conversation we're going to have will be one-sided and painful. He flipped around and leaned his shoulders against the wall, breathing heavily, his eyes shifting toward me before looking at Taneesha to see how much damage his rep had taken.
I noticed with some admiration that my card was nowhere in sight. Taneesha took charge of the situation. Tossing her braids out of her eyes, she sidled up to Jamal and slid an arm around his waist. I watched as Jamal, leaning heavily on a girl half his size, stumbled down the alley, a little more bow-legged than when he'd started the night.
I was straightening my tie and wondering how to explain my prolonged absence to Drew when the man himself opened the back door and stuck his head out. It was after nine by the time I got home. The sun was beginning its final descent behind the Olympics, but I knew that by the time I got inside I'd miss the best part. Besides, tonight I was tired, hungry, and maybe a little too sad to enjoy anything beautiful.
I pushed through my front door and groaned. Some day, my house was going to be stunning. Right now, it was a disaster. Half of it was, anyway. Where once there'd been a modest living room right off the front door, now there was only a tarp-covered pit. A wide plank led from the small foyer to the little space next to the island that divided the living room from the kitchen, and there was just enough light coming through the west-facing kitchen window to get across without risking my neck.
I tossed my briefcase on the island and slipped off my jacket to wrap it around the arms of one of the high-backed stools. Next came the tie that slid off the counter from where I tossed it and onto the floor. The hell with it. It was growing darker by the minute but I poured a glass of the Riesling and headed out to the deck anyway. I set my glass on the ledge of the cedar rail, then folded my arms and leaned against the railing. There were bats in the sky tonight, wheeling above me in their search for fat insects to dine on.
Better a bug die a noble death out here than perish in ignominy in my bathroom drain, because I'm a tough guy. No catch and release in my house. I grabbed my glass and was moving back inside when I heard the phone ring. Simultaneously answering the phone and opening the fridge to find the leftover kung pao chicken, I was unsurprised at my caller. I probably could have heard her exasperated sigh without the phone. Drew told Web that he found you in the alley and there was somebody leaving and walking funny like he'd gotten kicked in the nuts.
He told Web you came back and you guys watched the game together. I got the feeling he thought it was cool.
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I leaned against the kitchen counter to watch my dinner revolve. We may end up swapping some business in a couple of weeks. We've got that Federated Shipping—". When are you gonna let go of that romantic Sea of Love fantasy you keep carrying around? Late one night after one martini too many, I'd quoted her the line Ellen Barkin said in that Pacino movie.
A bunch of crap on my part. I wasn't really sure I believed in instant chemistry as much as I just really, really wanted to. I restarted the oven and licked the spoon, hoping that Web wasn't around to hear her say that. As I ate my dinner, I recounted the story of my encounter with Jamal Esquivez.
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I'd examined his license during the seventh inning stretch, after Drew left to make a call. Esquivez had a Rainier Valley address listed, somewhere near the lake if my memory was right. It was an urban area that could go either way. One side was strip malls, apartment complexes that looked like motels, and some light industry; the other, waterfront condos and lush parkland. Esquivez hadn't been wearing anything that said money, no jewelry except for the diamond stud, so I couldn't pin him down.
Jennifer was ten years younger than me and treated me like her kid brother. Not many people are going to mess with a guy who's six two, especially in my neighborhood. Where I lived, the worst that could happen to me was being hit with somebody's automatic sprinkler or getting chased by Mrs. As I headed out into the night, I felt a surge of contentment when I again realized how much I loved my neighborhood. Comments 7 comments — Leave a comment. The book sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm definitely going to check it out. In few days it will be available also in print format if you prefer it.
Link Reply Parent Thread. I read an ARC of this a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. So glad I'm not the only one.
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