Complex, but well written
Xavier Winter is a man of many faces: CEO, writer, husband, and perhaps, killer. It is hard to get to know him, as he hides behind scowls and dirty comments, but rarely shows his true self. That's what makes it hard to gauge him, and more importantly, to get an answer to that one question: did he murder his wife?
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This makes it not only a dilemma for Jase Klein, the detective on the homicide case, but also to the reader, who has a hard time figuring out Winter. While we usually have suspicions to who's guilty, it's hard to get a true understanding of the man in question, and this makes the story that much more interesting.
So, the story got off to a great start and managed to hook me early on. Later, however, it got a little more dull. While the writing kept being strong and the dilemma of who-is-Winter and who-is-the-killer keep existing, I'm missing some new 'juice'. Every chapter starts to look alike: Jase accuses Winter, Winter makes an avoiding comment, Winter scowls. Jase asks another question, Winter answers avoidant, Winter smirks. It got very repetitive, and while it worked in the beginning to make a mystery out of Xavier Winter, it got tiring very quickly because there wasn't any new information.
As the plot slows down, the romance kicks in. I'm totally honest when I say this is one of the more unique romances I've ever read. Not only is it LGBTQ+, it's also between a cop and a murder suspect with many faces, and their (very sexual) relationship is built on an unstable foundation of a murder investigation and a history that has to do with Jase's ex-wife.
At this point, I'm kind of confused of where the story is going (if the mystery or the romance is the main plot), but I read in awe at how the writer has been able to construct a story as complex as this in just a few chapters without confusing the reader at any point. This is definitely a unique story, so I would recommend it, with just one but: once you get further into it, it gets very sexual. I didn't know that from reading the summary or the many author's notes, but this is definitely for audiences 18+. Decide for yourself if that is something you're comfortable with.