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A Forced Silence

(Zero Hour #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  181 reviews
For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complica ...more
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Published December 11th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~


A Forced Silence is one intense read.

When I read a romance, I want just that: romance. Ashwood's focus never veers from the MCs. A murder investigation is present, yes, but it's secondary to the relationship.

At the scene of a gruesome homicide, Adam, a paramedic, confirms that the murder victim (a teenage boy) is dead, while forensic pathologist Sam (to everyone but Adam, who calls him "Dex," a teasing nickname from their high school days) puts together a report that includes id
**4.5 stars**

I absolutely loved this book. But let me tell you up front, that I'm going to go crazy and punch a bitch I'll be terribly disappointed if it's not the beginning of a series. There is no cliffhanger and the couple gets its HEA, but there are loose ends with other subplots that need closure.

First of all, I loved all the EMT action and because I'm a geek, I liked all the autopsy details as well . CSI and Third Watch all in one, y'all!

Sam is a forensic pathologist. He's dedicted to his
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Really enjoyed this one. A bit of an enemies to lovers trope. Liked that one of the MCs was a forensic pathologist, very different and interesting.

I was a little worried with one of the MCs being in the closet, but I was okay with how everything played out.

This one had some good steam and little angst.

Overall, I really easy enjoyable and entertaining read.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as my Gay Book Review's friend Ele did. The enemies-to-lovers vibe didn't resonate with me and Adam was very unlikable (at first!). As with most adult gay men, I found his reasons for being in the closet ridiculous and couldn't get onboard.

I adored pathologist Sam and his love for his creepy job. He was wonderful and fascinating! And when he and Adam finally got together, he was a tiger in bed.

I was able to follow the mystery quite well, but I didn't find it ve
*** 4.25 Stars ***

Too lazy for a full review, so I'll only say this: Yasssss! This is how you do a sweet and sexy drama, my friends!

Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
First things first, I’m a little bit reluctant to call this a mystery/suspense romance – I guess being a HUGE mystery/suspense genre fan, I thought this one emphasized more on the romance part than the mystery part. Sure, we had a young man being a murder victim, however, it stayed pretty much in the background. Neither Sam nor Adam are in the front line of the investigation, although since Sam is the forensic pathologist, he does offer his findings to the detectives in charge.

That set aside, I
4.5 stars

I would have read it in one sitting if everyone would just leave me alone for a while! But seriously, loved the characters and the storyline. It was hot, it was sweet and the MC's acted like grown ups throughout it all. Can't wait to get to the next one.
3.5 Stars

Although A Forced Silence was not my favourite Ashwood story to date, this was still a thoroughly enjoyable addition to her already impressive collection of M/M romances.

Here, we follow the developing relationship between closeted paramedic, Adam Carson, and forensic pathologist, Sam McKenna. Adam and Sam were frenemies in high school, but when they reconnect as adults sparks fly and they quickly get entangled in a passionate, but secret, love affair.

I liked Sam a lot, but I had an on
Trisha Harrington
I need the second book. Now!
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

I appear to be in the minority with this one.

I liked it, but nothing really wowed me here. The story had potential, but it lacked OOMPH to give it a little something extra. I guess it didn't help that I didn't 100% buy into Adam and Sam. They were a bit too insta for my liking and I didn't feel much chemistry between them. The angst of Sam being so deeply affected by Adam in high school started out strong, but they both flipped the switch way too fast....especially Sam.

The steam w
3,5 stars. It was a bit heavy on the insta love and I didn't like the fact that a lot of stuff was unresolved. The steam was nice, but a lot of it was fade to black after their first two times.
I understood Adam...I didn't hate him, but his reasons for hiding were a bit lacking. I mean...he wasn't always a medic right...what about the time before he started his job ?? He claims he didn't want to come out because of his job and collegues. I'm not saying it's not a good reason, but his family seeme
Finished!! 5 Stars!! Holy Hell I loved this book!

For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pu
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

There were several things I loved about this story: the romance that takes center stage, Sam, and Adam's realistic struggle.

There were a couple of things I didn't particularly love about the story. I wasn't happy with it ending on a partial cliffhanger. Though the romance is a complete story, the mystery is left open-ended, and we're left with a couple of questions regarding Adam's other personal relationships.

I also struggled a bit with the narration by Scott R. Smith, especially with his caden
2.5 stars rounded down to 2 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

When in doubt blame it on the cookies...
I've been wanting to read or listen on audio as was the case here to something by this author for quite a while now. So when I saw 'A Forced Silence' on audio and Scott R. Smith was the narrator. I was intrigued a new to me author and a new to narrator. This was going to be an adventure and I was looking forward to it.

Unfortunately my adventure turned out to be not so epic. 'A Forced Silen
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
I fucking loved this book. It's very rare when you can find a good, steamy Romantic Suspense in the MM genre. Usually the plot and the suspense take over and the romance is either FTB, pretty much non-existant, or all porn with a ridiculous plot. Here, it was all blended superbly. Let's call it Erotic Suspense shall we? Hells yasssss!!! Great secksssss, believable plot, small amount of angst and I loved the relationship between the two MC'S.

I really liked the secondary characters as well and am
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
What? How can it end like that? Ugh. It is my favorite type of ending in a Romantic Suspense series so I guess I won't complain too much. It's the build up for the next book after all. Well done.

I am guessing Cate Ashwood spent A LOT of time in the dark while writing this book and wowza, did it pay off. (I saw Cate at a Q&A in October and she told us she has to write her sex scenes alone and in the dark.) So yeah, lots of dark rooms for this one. The sex in this was scorching and very, very
1st read: For some reason, this book did not hold my interest. The plot was okay .... although I didn't realize the book was a cliffhanger.

Update September 2016 - Honestly it was a forgettable book IMHO, but after reading other reviews and now that A Fallen Heart is out, I've got to re-read this!
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay when does the second book come out? I really enjoyed this. Took me a minute to warm up to Adam but he won me over. Glad that both Adam and Sam found each other again.
Ryan Santle
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

That's a good book! It was unfortunate that I wasn't able to focus on this book that much due to a two-week vacation but I am glad I didn't DNF this as the first few pages didn't interest me that much.

The MCs, Sam and Adam, don't have that chemistry that I was looking for at first since they were very unlikely to be a couple. Adam is cockily closeted and Sam is that nerdy geek who is supposed to be hot. I didn't buy it until 30% from the book. And they're supposed
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just didn’t get into this book. I did read it with substantial skimming. Like I skimmed the sex. It could have been good, but I don’t know because I didn’t care. I think Gigi’s review covered my thoughts exactly. Adam just…nope. The “enemies to lovers” angle…nope. This is going to be a sequel because though it wasn’t said outright I think Caleb and Dex’s friend were seeing each other, but will I read it …nope.
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

I really liked this one; it had the perfect balance of sweetness and angst (just a bit, I wouldn't call it an angsty book) for me. Those two were so good together and though the falling in love part was pretty straightforward, Adam's in-the-closet status added enough drama to the story to make it perfect for me. I really, really enjoyed it and look forward to book 2!
I loved this! It was so good, I can't wait to read the next one.

Adam and Sam (or Dex, as Adam called him) had SUCH great chemistry and the sex was amazing and their interactions were fun and joyful to read. The story was interesting too, I'd never really seen a story written in this with with this plot - it was several plots, really, but the main one of a kid who was murdered, Neither Sam or Adam are detectives on the case but they are involved as Adam is a paramedic and Sam a pathologist (and
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My good friend Trisha recommended this to me and I'm glad she did, as I liked it a lot! The whole set-up, the progression of the relationship, good pace with regard to their problems in the past, very believable. I found one scene near the ending a bit too much, not really in character with Adam, but that's probably just me.

Why then not 5 stars? Well, I hate cliffhanger and although the romance got a nice happy ending, the mystery did not. In hindsight, I would have preferred to read this when
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read

I didn't realize that this book was the first in a series so it took me by surprise completely. Cate Ashwood's books are always great and this is no different - there is a great connection between MCs, the angst doesn't seem superfluous, and the story flows well (although I think there may have been a few places where one name was used when it should have been the other). It seemed like several stories in one.

I didn't like this book as much as Keeping Sweets but it's a different kin
3 stars! For some reason I read this last summer and completely forgot about it, till I downloaded it from the library and saw that I was on the last page.. 🤪😳. Soooo.. I decided to re-read and immediately got a sense of deja-vu.. 😁 ... Remembered that it was an ok read for me.. premise of the story was good, there was plenty of steam.. but one of the MCs was not really likable and therefore the chemistry was only ok.. Still not too bad..
The enemies to lovers trope fell flat for me. They were enemies in high school, but they didn't come across that way as adults, or it changed pretty quickly and didn't really feel like enemies to lovers to me.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take one closeted paramedic running into a high school crush after many years, and you have a recipe for disaster. Adam Carson lives in a world where it is imperative his partner has his back. Never knowing what type of situation he will walk into as a paramedic, his partner could very well be his lifeline in any given situation. Unfortunately for him, his being gay does not go down well with the boys at the fire station. When he spots Sam (Dex) McKenna at the local hangout one night, Adam’s saf ...more
I've thought on this a couple hours and I am still up in the air about how I feel. Today's been a weird day, because I felt the same with the book I read prior to this as well.

I really liked Sam, however, I think his 'hatred' towards Adam was something a little less than hate. I NEVER felt that anger or hatred he had. So, for me, I couldn't buy into the whole 'enemies to lovers' thing. Maybe that was just me though. Like I said, I've had a weird reading day.

Adam, while yes I could see where he w
Nov 27, 2015 added it
Shelves: paused-or-dnf-d
DNF at 25%. Please don't take my DNF as an indication this was bad or that I hated it. I think it's a perfectly fine book and if I continued I would have probably rated it in the 3 star range. However, I didn't like the MCs (especially Adam), I didn't feel any connection to either of them and I got the feeling that things wouldn't change for me if I continued on. My GR friends are really split on this book -- some love it while others are quite meh about it. I guess I'm falling on the meh side.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, romance

Liked this one. Paramedic Adam and forensic pathologist Sam are awesome together. Their road to happiness is a rocky one but I enjoyed the ride.

Can’t wait for the 2nd book of the Zero Hour series.
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Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the ocean. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her ...more

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