Tia Fielding – Positive


Author: Tia Fielding
Reviewed by: Susan65
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Mystery
ISBN 13: 9781627980685

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:  Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for. 

Review: I chose to read this book because it got quite a few bad reviews. I know, sounds strange, but I sometimes LOVE books that others don’t. In this case, it wasn’t nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews I read, but it was still missing something.

I think the majority of lower ratings come from the seemingly random, only once and no kissing, threesome that Shawn and Brent chose to engage in. I didn’t have a huge problem with that, but what I did have a problem with is how easily it was set up, orchestrated, and how it ended. It was all too easy, life is never that easy.

After lots of mulling this around in my head I came to conclusion that the reason this book felt like something was missing was because it was. The meat and potato’s of this story played off screen. The issues between Brent and Shawn already happened so I couldn’t grasp the hurt that came from their short break up, the fact that Brent contracted HIV during that break five years ago, and the big secret that he kept from Shawn.

I just didn’t feel it. And the secret was so minor that I kept waiting for the other shoe to fall…but there wasn’t another shoe, and I kept thinking to myself, “that’s it?”.

Brent’s friendship with Ollie was just odd. Seriously, had that part played out in the book I may have grasped some emotional connection between them, but since it was just mentioned I didn’t get it…or care.

There is also the non-romance storyline…a sharpshooter using a tranquilizer gun to randomly shoot people with HIV positive blood. This should have ended with at least the bad guy being, well, a bad guy. but yet again everything was settled too neatly and too easily.

So, it was better than I expected, the writing was decent and the storyline and plot had great potential, but unfortunately the delivery and the ease in which everything worked out left me feeling like something was missing.




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