Witness by L.A. Gilbert

Blurb: Ben Jenkins is a down-to-earth cop leading a quiet life in a big, empty house. Visits to the gay bars scratch an itch, but they don’t really satisfy, and though he’s used to the quiet, he recognizes that the empty feeling plaguing him of late is loneliness.
It takes a police cruiser and a ten-speed to bring him together with Reece Withers, a bike messenger and photographer who’s still waiting for his big break to arrive. Ben’s pretty sure what he’s feeling is love, but they both have old hurts that need to heal before they can live and live well… together.

My thoughts: This was a totally nice story. Just – nice! Ben and Reece were extremely likeable, there were no major issues, at least none that caused any worries that the two men wouldn’t get together or wouldn’t make it, no mean relatives, nothing. Amazingly enough I was never bored even though this story is 212 pages long. You’d think it needs something more substantial plot-wise to go on for so long, but somehow it all works out.

The only thing that really bothered me was the frequent use of the words impish, owlish or sheepish. I can accept an impish looking guy once in the whole story, but if both men look one way or the other constantly then they lose their sex appeal quickly.

Other than that – no complaints. If you want to read something without shedding tears, having a heart attack from suspense or worrying yourself sick, then go for it!

Available at Dreamspinner Press

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