Title: Bone to Pick
Author: T.A. Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~240 pages
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.
He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.
This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I’m lucky to win an early copy of this book from the author and it just gripped me from start to finish. Cloister and Bourneville (he calls her Bon Bon off-dutty. How cute, right!) are just too endearing pair of characters. Heck, I even grudgingly liked Javi Merlo, although more often than not I want to bash him for the way he acted.
Bone to Pick is set in Plenty, San Diego and revolving around missing child that connected to other disappearances within the span of ten years. Complicating the joined investigation is the ever present hostility between Deputy Cloister Witte and the resident FBI Special Agent Javier Merlo, the main officers for the job. The fact that this antagonism had happened off page on previous case lend credence to the simmering attraction both men felt; not something that spring out of the blue.
The alternate POVs of the book allows insight and glimpses background of both MCs. The kinship between Cloister and Bon Bon is the stuff of gushing (I know, I know, Bon Bon is NOT A PET, she’s a K-9 officer, but who wouldn’t melt reading about man and his doggie affection!!). The love and respect they felt so real. The same could not be said between Cloister and Javi.
As much as I enjoyed enemies-to-lovers trope, I resent the amount of insults Javi thrown Cloister’s way. At the same time, I’m glad that this not-exactly-a-couple didn’t rush into some sort of declarations. Not only this makes the not-exactly relationship believable, it gives hope that probably – maybe – there’s more books of this pairing in the future! 🙂
As the introduction to T.A. Moore‘s writing, this book does a bang up job! Not only will I look forward to more Cloister/Bon Bon/Javi story, but I’ll be sure to check out her other titles as well as her writing style seems to click with me.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.