The Oleanders of Angel Falls by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: The sleepy Minnesota town of Angel Falls is filled with secrets. Its community is tight knit, and they keep their little sorrows and dramas to themselves. There’s little for the Angel Falls Police Department to do except break up the occasional bar fight, which is why its become a place to transfer officers who couldn’t cut it anywhere else: the disgraced and unwanted, and those burdened with secrets like Detective Avery Forrester. A gruff, unsociable man, he keeps to himself and dwells in the memories of his mistakes. But life for Avery is turned upside down when a new officer is transferred to the department. Officer Ethan Petrelli is young and charming and optimistic, fresh out of the police academy, and far too young to have already been banished to a backwater like Angel Falls. Avery is intrigued and can’t resist the urge to solve the mystery of this handsome stranger who seems burdened with even more secrets than Avery himself. But before Avery can untangle the mystery that is Ethan Petrelli, a new and terrible danger follows the officer to Angel Falls. A grisly murder born from lies and obsession threatens to expose all the town’s secrets one by one. Avery and Ethan rush to uncover the truth before it tears Angel Falls apart. There are secrets that need to be told, and some that should have stayed hidden, but Avery will have to find his way through them all if he wants to understand what’s happening to his town and to his own changing heart. Can he keep his own secrets hidden while searching for the truth, or will its double-edged blade reveal a truth about himself he had yet to recognize in the form of a love he never expected to feel?

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Approx. 70,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: This was really made me glad I gave it a shot. I HATE mysteries and crime drama, generally. I don’t make a lot of exceptions. This is one, though. Because I enjoy this author, I trusted in him to not make me miserable throughout the whole thing. Boy, am I glad I was right! Though I figured out the bad guy before the characters did, I didn’t feel as bored by that as usual, because there was still mystery and questions remaining in my head.
Avery definitely makes you feel his whole attitude and his analytical mind helps him come to terms with his and Ethan’s love quickly. Ethan seems a little more incidental and less developed as a person for the most part, compared to the other characters. I don’t know if that was intentional because of his age and history or it was an accident. Either way, it doesn’t really detract from the book as a whole.
Support characters don’t usually become so vital to a romance story, but these do. And they are worthy of praise.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book & this is an honest & unbiased review.

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