Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Dyeing to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker

Dyeing to be Loved 
(Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #1)
by Aimee Nicole Walker
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2016

 4.06  ·   Rating Details ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.

Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small town salon owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to his front door. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart.

Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?

Author's Note: Although this is the first full book for Gabe and Josh, I have written a prequel that can be found for free on my blog at Look for the entry called Fatal Reaction.

Is been a long time since I indulged in a good mystery series and this one seems like a good one to pick up since there are already four books in.

From the beginning, I felt like I've been missing something crucial between Josh and Gabe. There seems to be some animosity between them. Although they did rehash some of the past, I'm too curious to let it go and went over to read the prequel from the author's blog. I highly recommended potential reader to read it first before starting this.

Josh is an owner of the town's popular saloon with a huge chip on his shoulder. He seems like a great and nice guy all around and everyone loves him, but when it comes to Gabe's, Josh is a total asshole with his hot and cold treatment to poor Gabe. Josh had a preconceived notion that Gabe's thinks his style and demeanor screams femininity and Josh's hates the idea of anyone thinks he's girly. He insisted that he is no drama queen, but obviously he is!

Gabe is the town detective and for whatever reason he seems attracted to Josh despite his prickly attitude and had to suffer multiple brush off. I applaud Gabe's patience to woo Josh despite it being such an uphill battle. 

I admit, Josh is kinda frustrating, but I can accept that not every single romance need to be smooth sailing. Josh seems to experience past hurt and is gun shy to start something more with Gabe. He is hot and cold, but when Josh is hot, things really steam up. The sexual tension is not drag on as they did hit up the sack more often than not. Physically they are compatible, emotionally there is a Great Wall of China between them. But I can see Gabe slowly trying to worm his way through the crack.

Speaking of the ongoing murder investigation, is was a solid story arc that have me guessing. Gabe's manage to balance his time between pursuing Josh and pursuing leads that makes me think he is a great detective instead of a love sick fool. For a first book of a series goes, this one provide a great start to a lovely relationship even with the hiccups. I had confident Josh will only get better in the next book.