Review: Spencer Cohen, book 2, by N.R. Walker

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cover-nrwalker-spencercohen2Finally going from fake-boyfriends to the real thing, Spencer Cohen and Andrew Landon are trying to take things slow. They know what they have could be something special and despite the flammable sexual tension, they don’t want to crash and burn.

Spencer is learning to open up, sharing the secrets of his past with Andrew. Afraid to put his heart on the line, yet seemingly unable to stop it, Spencer knows he’s falling in love with him. Andrew is petrified of leaping in blindly, yet it seems the slower they go, the faster they fall.

As they navigate their new relationship, Spencer worries Andrew will freak out when he takes on a new client. But it’s not a normal case and Spencer soon realises things are not what they seem. When things take a downward turn and they work together to help the client, Spencer and Andrew need to decide if they’re ready for the next step.


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March 17, 2016
BlueHeart Press
Contemporary, novella, M/M, LGBT+
168 e-book pages
1st person
Spencer Cohen, book 2
April 12-13, 2016
Kindle Edition
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review:

Book Two picks up where Book One left off with Spencer and Andrew continuing to be adorable together. This installment ramps up the steam and the sweetness of anticipation as they attempt to take things slow — until they get around to doing the deed.

We finally get around to the sexy times and the part of the relationship where they can’t keep their hands off each other, something that was nonexistent in the first book. These moments were kinda hot and juicy, and I enjoyed shy Andrew’s dominant streak.

There was some good and humorous, lighthearted banter that kept the momentum trundling along at a steady pace, as did a secondary plot line where Spencer ended up a bit more of an investigator than a relationship-fixer. I liked that plot thread, and it sure tugged on my heart, but…I never felt the significance to the overall arc.

Despite the sexiness, sweetness, and perfection of this new and budding relationship and the bit of drama of Spencer being a bit of a superhero sleuth, I have a hard time reconciling the need for a three-novella series. It’s all a bit too light, too sweet, too predictable and lacking any major conflict between the two main characters to give us anything of valuable substance. So far, every bit has felt like a big meal of dessert first and in between all other courses. Admittedly, I’ve got an insatiable sweet tooth, but I’d still rather save the pudding for the end.

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