#Releaseday #Review • Something to Dye For #2 (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries) by Aimee Nicole Walker
Something to Dye For (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, #2)
Aimee Nicole Walker
Publish Date: January 3, 2017
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer • Photographer: Wander Aguiar
A phone call in the middle of the night forces Detective Gabriel Wyatt out of his warm bed and into the frigid night to identify the body of a murdered man whose wallet contains Gabe’s business card instead of an ID. That night sets off a chain of events that chills Gabe to his bones when it appears that the killer has set his eyes on a new target – Josh Roman.
Josh comes face-to-face with a painful reminder of his past just when he’s ready to acknowledge that his feelings for Gabe go way beyond liking the man. How can he trust that his feelings for Gabe are right when before he’d always been so wrong?
Will Josh and Gabe finally acknowledge that what they have is something to live for or will they allow danger and doubts to destroy their chance at something amazing?
Something to Dye For is book 2 in the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries series. These books are written to be read in order. They contain sexually explicit material and are intended for adults 18 and older.
Something to Dye For picks up immediately following Dyeing to be Loved with Gabe receiving a phone call in the middle of the night—pulling him out of Josh’s warm bed—to investigate another murder.
On top of already confusing circumstances, an ex from Josh’s past is also working the murder scene, and after six months of being back in town, decides to let his presence be known. But. . .why? After all this time, would he choose now to show his face? Has he always been watching—just from afar? Was it because he found out Gabe has what he secretly always wanted? The clues are still being deciphered—I have my opinion on this and I’ll let you make yours.
Josh played hard to get in book one and now he’s completely on board and ready for love. He and Gabe used the tickets that were Christmas gifts and met the parents, learned a lot about each other’s past and what makes each one tick, and not only did it NOT send them running it strengthened their “something” into a full blown “relationship” with both—willing—able—and committed.
The funniest parts of the story, for me, are the moments in the salon and the bird. I love that silly bird and his filthy mouth. Nothing can pull an unexpected-loud-cackle out of my mouth like that bird and the ladies at the salon agree.
Josh and Gabe’s banter, back and forth, is another plus—especially now that Josh is not looking for hidden meanings in everything that Gabe says. When they take it as just fun lighthearted moments that it’s intended, and they answer each other’s sentences—I think that shows how far they’ve progressed.
Josh and Gabe are a perfect match, there’s no doubt about that, they complement each other, and they have made huge strides in their relationship, in this installment. There is a lot of sex, between them as well—which some probably accounts for being a new couple—and they incorporate a lot of dirty talk between them.
Even though they complement each other perfectly, I don’t feel that soul deep connection between them. Maybe because everything serious gets rushed off to the bedroom instead of talking it out—more likely to crack a joke, but we also are far from over and they have a long way to go in growing their relationship.
I’m really looking forward to learning more about Kyle, Gabe’s ex, because there is a story there hiding behind those dimples.
Something to Dye For wraps up with Josh and Gabe very much in love and making huge strides in their relationship, and the murder mystery that opened the story shows itself again with a huge cliffhanger and a big WTF?
These are not standalone stories and must be read in order as each one is a continuation of an ongoing plot. Josh is snarky, sassy, and sexy but most of all he’s levelheaded with his life and knows what he wants. He’s not willing to rush into something that will ultimately destroy him if it’s not right.
Taking his time with Gabe—even though frustrating for Gabe—is the right thing to do, but he admits that Gabe is the man of his dreams and is willing to admit, finally, that it’s time to start moving in (literally) that direction. Gabe agrees on all points.
If you don’t mind not getting all your answers in one go, falling in love with characters as they fall in love with each other, attitude with major flair, then I definitely recommend this series.
* My thanks to the Author who provided a copy of this book for my reading pleasure *
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