We’re thrilled to host a stop on Elizabeth Noble’s Jewel Cave Blog Tour! We adore this series and can’t wait to share our thoughts on Griff and Clint’s latest adventure. If you’re new to the Circles series, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Elizabeth Noble gives you m/m mystery/romance at its finest! Check it out –
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Through ten wonderful years Griff Diamond and Clint Bishop weathered good times and bad together. Lately they haven’t spent as much time together as they’d like, and their physical relationship is suffering. Then Clint loses his job at the steel mill. Instead of worrying, he sees it as an opportunity to lean on his steady partner, start his writing career, and rekindle the passion they’ve lost.
But a friendly relationship with another author turns to obsession, putting Clint’s life in danger. Taken against his will to the Jewel Cave system in South Dakota, Clint must rely on the skills he’s learned from Griff to survive.
Fearing the worst, Griff tracks Clint across the country. As a US Marshall, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Published By Dreamspinner Press
Book Length: 42,000 words
Clint nearly jumped out of his skin when someone’s strong arm snaked around his waist and pulled him back against a firm body. Warm breath blew in his ear along with the words, “You left the door unlocked again. I could be the neighborhood whack job here to bludgeon you to death after defiling you.”
“You scared the crap out of me!” Clint yelped, trying to squirm away, but it was useless. “You’re the guy on this street with all the big guns.” Behind him Griff chuckled and used one finger to move Clint’s hair away from his neck. He pressed a soft kiss to the spot. Clint glared down at the dogs. “And you two! You need watchdog lessons.”
Griff let go of Clint, turned him, and shook him by the shoulders for a second. “Lock the goddamn doors. Even if someone smashes through the storm door, you’ll at least hear them.” He raised his eyebrows and leaned away from Clint, letting him go. “For me. Please.”
“What you really don’t want is some moron busting up the storm door since you’d have to help me replace it,” Clint muttered.
Griff pointed up. “Hey, I happen to have a deep appreciation for that door. Notice I’m tactfully not mentioning how delightful you are when you work on a construction project?” Clint burst out laughing. Griff’s blue-gray eyes twinkled, and the corners crinkled in the way Clint loved when Griff smiled. “Sorry I’m late,” Griff said, leaning down to pet the dogs.
I’ve enjoyed every second of this series, and Jewel Cave seems to really ratchet things up a couple notches. Elizabeth Noble manages to add even more excitement and suspense than ever before with this chilling, stalker storyline. Griff and Clint are back, and as usual, they do not disappoint.
Griff and Clint have been together a long time – 10 years to be exact. They’ve reached a level of comfortable companionship, a stage where it’s easy to be complacent and sometimes simply coexist. To me this is a perfect depiction of realistic phases of commitment; romance fluctuates and we have to adjust to living daily life with our chosen partner. Sometimes that life is a bit more mundane and less swoon-worthy than we’d like, and this story serves as a fantastic reminder that life really isn’t a romance novel.
What Noble gives us in realism also brings forth another modern concern – the internet. We’re all connected to people whom we may never meet in person. We rely daily on those we may never have known had technology not brought us together. Clint’s publicity as a writer and his online writers’ forums are terrific examples of pooling those online resources. While there are many out there using these venues for good, in this case, they serve as a perfect avenue for a classic case of “be careful who you meet online.” All the signs are there and they’re putting the pieces together, but it’s simply too little too late.
I have to admit this book creeped me out far more than the two previous stories. When I say it’s chilling, I mean it’s lock-all-the-doors-and-sleep-with-the-lights-on terrifying. I guess that’s because it could truly happen to anyone. Through a meticulously detailed investigation, Noble hammers home all the ways we can be deceived and how someone could simply just vanish with little trace. She makes it all so very real, and I applaud her methodology in everything from the set up and execution to the intense resolution. This is a story that will keep me thinking and rethinking safety – personal and online – for quite some time.
Safety isn’t the only thing it’s causing me to ponder; I’ve been dreaming up ways to keep long-term relationships new and exciting. I think I’ll just focus on that. It’s definitely far less frightening.
RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.
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