Etienne, “Bodies of Work”, Dreamspinner Press, An Avondale Story, 2011.
I had never read Etienne before this book so I was curious what the one-name author has to say. I picked up “Bodies of Work” and was into the story at once and learned quickly that the book belongs to a series featuring main characters George Martin and Mike Foster. Now I feel obliged to go back and read the ones I have missed. This is a credit to the author in that he has built two characters who are fascinating and become part of us.
George and Martin have been friends since they were kids but now, because of certain happenings, they are pushed closer together. When George’s cheating boyfriend throws him out of the house, George moves in with Mike and Mike is happy as he has always been in love with George. The fact that he has now moved into the house is not easy for Mike because of this. George has no idea of the way Mike feels because he is so involved in his job as a lieutenant in the sheriff’s office. He has been very busy with a murder investigation.
Mike has to hide his feelings but everything comes out when Mike has to defend George from the person who is stalking him and takes a bullet meant for George. It was then that George realized the feelings.
George and Mike are carefully crafted and I found it great fun to watch the relationship evolve. The book has wonderful descriptions and the writing is clear and at times quite beautiful. The bonus of this is you not only read a good book but you make two new friends and I love that.