Treacherous Seas – Radclyffe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Having completed the prior seven books of the series last month so I could experience a Radclyffe book at release for the first time, I didn’t have the enjoyment of a return to Provincetown that many had – but it was still great to return to much loved characters nonetheless. I thought Radclyffe had a really good balance between the new couple and Tory and Reese.

I really liked Andy and Laurel. Andy is a younger cop, on summer assignment, waiting for an opportunity to open up with the rest of her family of cops. She obviously has a difficult background and is reticent to allow any vulnerability to show through – so her meeting and growing into her relationship with Laurel is great. I also really liked her conflict about her job performance and her slow understanding of how Reese operates.

Laurel is older and is coming to Provincetown recently trained as a physicians assistant, working in the clinic. She’s not long divorced from a marriage to a man and is throwing herself into her work-life. As someone in one, I’m a big fan of an age-gap romance and I really liked the exploration between Andy and Laurel around their feelings towards each other, and what that might mean for their lives. One thing I’ve always loved about this series is how all of the characters treat the new relationship in the narrative very naturally – and this situation was no different.

Tory and Reese are expecting again, whilst also trying to deal with an outbreak of illness and the arrival of the CDC. I love how Rad has developed the character of Reggie and find all of their scenes with their daughter to be adorable. As always, the love between these two is really heartwarming.

Whilst the storyline that ties the book together mirrors COVID, I felt it was done well in not over sensationalising the possible epidemic in the narrative, whilst providing realistic feelings from the characters involved. The characters of the CDC were introduced in a little more detail than I’d have liked – but mainly only because I’d have preferred the time to spent elsewhere. If this is a setup for a future book though – I’ll be very happy.

You pretty much always know what you’re going to get with a Radclyffe book – but nonetheless I’d highly recommend this one.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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