Review: Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble

Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
Series: Circles Series (# 3)
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 144
Source: book provided by the author for review
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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 Marshal, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.

 

Review: I love a good suspense/mystery book. I love to be scared by the author because of their words, and the way they form paragraphs to create a story that helps the reader become so involved in their world, everything else falls by the wayside. It’s fun to read a scary story and jump at every sound because the author was able to convey mystery, suspense, and scary into a paragraph. Ms. Noble was able to accomplish this with this book.

This is book 3 in the Circles Series. This is a standalone book and needing to read the other books in the series is not necessary in order to follow this book.  It isn’t a very long book, but I felt it was long enough to get the story out and keep the reader entertained. I also want to let everyone know that this is m/m romance.

This is more of a mystery/suspense rather then romance, but there is romantic elements within the book as well. I rather enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t a lot of sex in this book. It didn’t need it. I felt that the author conveyed the fact that Clint and Griff had emotional intimacy from being together for so long. I love how comfortable they were with each other. I FELT how in sync they were with each other. I love fictional couples who are like that.

I also liked that the author touched on what happens after the fact of a kidnapping situation. Most authors gloss over the emotional, and physical trauma, and just focuses on the happy ever after. Ms. Noble dives head on into the emotional mess that this type of trauma can induce. She handles all of this with tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity.

Griff is a man of few words. He’s steady, he works hard, and he provides for him and Clint. I liked him very much. Underneath all of his steadiness beats the heart of a man that would do anything for the man he loves. He’s a sensitive soul who loves deeply and completely. Why does he have to be gay?

Clint is more of a social butterfly. He likes to talk to people, he’s friendly, and he’s just an all around nice guy. He loves Griff just as passionately as Griff loves him.

Griff and Clint are a team, and has been for ten years. I need to reiterate this because, they’ve hit a rough patch in their relationship (who hasn’t?), and the chasm that is felt after the fact took my breath away. I was cheering them on that things were going to be ok. It has to be ok, this is romantic fiction, darn it.

 

 

 






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