Book Reviews

North on Drummond by KC Burn

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 21-February-2018

Book Blurb

Sandy Bottom Bay, Florida - Come for the Haunts, Stay for the Beaches!

Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Despite his efforts, few of the townspeople consider him a good romantic match. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult.

When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s teenaged crush, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional con men, and Cliff had spent his entire school career feuding with Drew’s volatile brothers. Despite the obstacles, Drew and Cliff begin a fiery relationship.

Just when Drew starts to believe they might have a chance, he suffers a head injury and begins having visions of the future. If Drew tells Cliff the truth, he’ll lose the man he’s falling for, but keeping his new ability a secret is no longer an option. If he can’t convince Cliff he’s for real, a murderer will walk free.

First Edition published by Loose Id January, 2015.

Book Review

Drew Drummond is the white sheep in a family of black sheep. Drew inherited his place of business from his grandmother, who was determined to help Drew stay on the right side of the law, unlike most of the rest of his family. Drew is a psychic tarot reader in a town known for its paranormal activity. Drew's business fits right in with the town's theme, but the difference is, Drew considers himself an entertainer not a fortune teller, and never cheats anyone out of anything, eking out a frugal living while trying to survive. When his high school crush, Cliff Garcia, moves back into town, Drew doesn't know whether to be happy or embarrassed, and he certainly doesn't expect to end up with Cliff staying at his house.

When Cliff Garcia moves back to his small town home of Sandy Bottom Bay, he hopes to put the events of his recent past behind him, i.e., his bad breakup with his ex-boyfriend, and the death of his best friend, Jeff. It's a bit of a culture shock moving from the big city back to a place where everyone knows his name and his business, whether he wants them to or not, but Cliff is willing to give it a try. Things start looking up when he spies a gorgeous red-haired man (Drew) at the grocery store who unfortunately gets away before Cliff can catch up with him. Cliff hasn't told anyone he's coming back, not even his mother, who is quite rich and influential in Sandy Bottom Bay. She's also very much into the paranormal scene, which Cliff hates. He doesn't believe in all that nonsense and isn't afraid to admit it.

Drew is one of the nicest guys ever. He's generous, compassionate, passionate, and loving. When Cliff first spots him, he's doing a good deed, helping a lady putting her groceries in her car while almost forgetting that he laid his on top of her car. When Drew gets a concussion from a fight instigated by his brothers, Cliff is the officer on scene. Since he can't be left alone, his best friend, Kyle, conveniently arranges to be away so Cliff ends up staying with Drew, which, in spite of his protests, is what Drew wants. Cliff stays with the intention of leaving when Drew is better, but, predictably, their attraction smolders, then burns, and he ends up being there a lot longer than he thought. All is not smooth in their relationship though. For one thing, Cliff has a real problem with Drew's occupation and even when Drew tries to explain, Cliff doesn't buy it. He has a bad temper and doesn't always think straight when he's angry, often imagining the worst case scenario in any given situation. It also doesn't help when Drew begins to have real psychic visions. Drew is shocked and dismayed, but when certain circumstances occur, it becomes imperative that Cliff believe what he has experienced; Drew also knows that it will be no easy feat getting Cliff to accept his message as fact.

This suspenseful mystery is well-blended with trials, tribulations, and passions between Drew and Cliff. The story is engaging and moves along at a good clip. KC's characters are strong and believable and I loved the character growth, particularly for Cliff. Kyle is another character who quickly won my heart. The affection and concern between him and Drew is admirable and sweet. We should all have a friend as devoted as Kyle. I would really like to see another story in this series giving Kyle his own love, perhaps even the young gay man mentioned briefly in this story. I'd also love to see Drew keep his visions and for him and Cliff to have more psychic adventures in the future. If you enjoy stories with small towns, hot men, psychic phenomena, mystery, suspense, and new beginnings, you will probably like this book. Thanks, KC, for the entertaining story. I truly enjoyed it.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 333 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-February-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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