Book Review: Point of No Return by N. R. Walker

Posted: September 4, 2013 by sidlove in 3.5 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Shelley's Reviews
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Reviewed by Shelley

Point of No Return (Turning Point, #1)TITLE: Point of No Return (Book #1)
SERIES: Turning Point
AUTHOR: N. R. Walker
PUBLISHER: Total E-bound Publishing
LENGTH: 231 pages
BLURB: Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives—a smart, tough, closeted gay man. When he falls for his gym instructor, it’s not his colleagues he should be worried about finding out…it’s the bad guys.

Matthew Elliot is one of LA’s best detectives. He’s been labelled the golden boy of the Fab Four: a team of four detectives who’ve closed down drug-rings all over the city. He’s smart, tough and exceptionally good at his job.

He’s also a closeted gay man.

Enter Kira Takeo Franco, the new boxing coach at the gym. Matthew can’t deny his immediate attraction to the man his fellow cops know as Frankie. But in allowing himself to fall in love with a man known to his colleagues, Matthew risks outing them both.

Matt and Kira work to keep their relationship and private lives hidden from Matt’s very public life, fearing it would be detrimental to their careers.

But it’s not the other cops who Matthew should be worried about finding out his deepest, darkest secret…it’s the bad guys.

REVIEW:

Sometimes you need something that’s going to be as entertaining as it is easy, and this novella is perfect for that moment. The synopsis spells this story out quite nicely so I won’t be going into all that. Anymore and I would be spoiling it for you.

Point of no return is fast paced and entertains with romance, action and some violence.  The attraction between Matthew and his new gym trainer Kira is immediate, but despite Matthew’s reluctance to pursue the attraction, Kira’s charms are too attractive to deny. Slowly but surely the relationship progresses behind closed doors while Matthew and Kira are wholly oblivious to who might be watching.

So, you have a recipe for a great novella here, and it’s true, all these elements make it an enjoyable read. The beginning is a slow wooing and background on Matthew’s current case load, but when the climax approaches and the bad guys play their final card the suspense picks up and that’s when I really started to enjoy this book.

The characters are likeable and we see their relationship progress with heartfelt emotion. The plot is extremely predictable and I felt that there was something a little too feminine in Mathew Elliot’s telling of this story. That’s the problem with first person point of view; would a strong manly cop character like Mathew blush (all the time) and say things like ‘divine’ to describe a meal? Was the author projecting? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s just me.

Overall I feel satisfied and without regrets, so I’ll recommend it.

Shelley’s Rating:  535px-3-5_stars-svg

BUY LINK: Total E-bound  ::  All Romance eBooks

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