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Long Shadows

(Common Law #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  149 reviews
LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications ...more
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Published December 31st 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, netgalley-arc
Full review now posted, 1/1/17

Jericho Crewe is reluctantly returns to Mosely, Montana after he received a phone call telling him his father was in an accident. Jericho left home when he was 17, and after joining the Army, he now is a LAPD Detective. When he arrives in Mosley, he is shocked to find out his father remarried to a woman named Nicky and he also has 2 young half siblings. He is also met with a lot of questions, from not only the Sherriff, but also the FBI and DEA. It is apparent that
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it

Years ago 'Dark Horse' was the first m/m book I ever read and it was amazing, I've lost track of the number of times I've actually re-read that series.
So my expectations were high going into this book and it's safe to say it wasn't at all what I'd expected, while it has good well developed characters I never fully connected with them always feeling slightly removed.
It's an interesting introduction to this series and the scene is set for the next book but while this works well as an introdu
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3.5 Stars***

Wow, with all the skeletons piling up in the closets Twin Peaks seems to take on a role model function for a lovely peaceful small town compared to Mosely, Montana...

This was an auspicious start to a series that could end up being right up my alley, although this first book more or less served as an introduction of scenery and characters.

To put it in a nutshell:

Nice little mystery - during the first half some things didn't quite add up for me, but the fast-paced second half m
3.25 stars

This was just okay, I don't know if i will continue with the series or not.
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4,5 stars

Great start for a new PROMISING series!

I hadn
Long Shadows is the first of four books in Kate Sherwood's new Common Law series. And in spite of the fact that there is not so much as a kiss between Jericho and Wade, I still found I enjoyed this story quite a lot. The chemistry is there, though, so when they do finally give in, it should be pretty hot. Oh, please let them give in sooner rather than later!

Jericho Crewe is one of the few that actually got out of Mosely, MT. He joined the Marines as soon as he was of age and got the hell out. An
Kate Sherwood
Oct 27, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
This series took me FOREVER to write... I mean, when I was working on them they went pretty quickly, but I kept getting frustrated and putting them away, getting intimidated and putting them away, etc. I think to some extent I had to grow as a writer before I was able to do them justice. (I only hope I have now, because I LOVE these characters and want others to love them too).

Jericho is a damaged smart-ass, Wade is a smart tough-guy. Kayla cares about Jericho but won't let him drag her down, Ni
Jericho "Jay" Crewe left Mosely, Montana, fifteen years ago and never looks back. Until a phone call from the town he used to call home tells Jericho his father is hurt. Jericho returns to Mosely, finds out that his father had died instead. And alongside the Sherrif office, the three-letters government agencies are circling around his death. In the center of it is Wade Granger -- his childhood best friend, his first love, the one he left behind, and apparently a person of interest...

Well, Dayum.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two things to mention: first, I have never read this author's work before and second, I went in prepared that there will be absolutely no steam and being absolutely okay with this fact. I liked the story right away. Ms Sherwood's writing style is light, straightforward and tinged with humor. The story itself is well paced, suspenseful and with a host of well written diverse characters. The chemistry between LAPD detective Jericho (love the name btw) and his childhood sweetheart full time gentlem ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Well….hello there.

Wow! This book really surprised me. These guys have a solid hold on me already. At book one!

Jericho Crewe (Jay) is called back home to Mosley, Montana after 15 years away. Fifteen years away from the land and mountains he knows so well, his family, and Wade Granger. Wade and Jericho were best friends, inseparable trouble makers, and more before Jericho got the hell out of Dodge and never looked back. Until…trouble and loyalty and maybe loneliness pull him back. Will ol
Raised in Mosely, a small Montana town near the Canadian border, Jericho Crewe and Wade Granger were boyhood friends and lovers. "He and Wade had both been raw and exposed, and it had only made sense for them to press themselves together, offering less tender flesh to the outside world." When they were 17, Jericho left ... and Wade stayed. 15 years later - during which Jericho spent 8 years in the Marines (four tours in Afghanistan) and 5 years as a beat cop in LA - he returns to Mosely after th ...more
Yeah! I loved it. It didn't even feel too short.

This is not M/M Romance, so you might be disappointed if you go into it looking for the lovey dovey plot. This is a police procedural with a gay MC. The MC's sexual orientation barely comes into play for the story other than as a backdrop to a childhood relationship. I guess you could say it has a small pinch of romance with that relationship as a backdrop. But this is a well delivered police procedural plot.

Perfect pacing and well developed charac
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
No sex scenes in this one. Will wait until the series is over to start. I needs my sex.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Kate Sherwood is one of my favorite m/m authors. But this book - I can't help it, I didn't like it at all. Didn't like it so much I can't even bring myself to add an extra star - even though I know it's obviously me and not the book. I just didn't enjoy it; and it annoyed the hell out of me.
Okay, one: if I want to read a book without m/m romance - I'll read a book that is not m/m romance. And you know what? I'd expect it to have a great mystery (if it's mystery) and a cast of intriguing characte
I really liked this first book in a new series. Jericho is a cop who lives in Los Angeles. He gets a call that his father has been hurt in an accident and he needs to come home immediately. Against his better judgment he heads home. Jericho is not close to his father and in fact hasn't seen him in years because his dad was not only abusive but he's a lifetime criminal. Jericho gets home and finds total chaos. His dad is dead, he has siblings he didn't know existed, his dad's current wife is a ne ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
I liked where this was going but no heat in the whole book ? It was just setting the scene - I was hoping for a taster. Maybe I'll come back to the series later... ...more
*** DNF @ 46% ***

A very well written and interesting story so far. Unfortunately, it's heavy on the mystery and light on the romance and that's just not my bag.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq
This was good. I'm definitely intrigued, no question.

I wouldn't really call it a romance though. I mean, even when they were involved as kids I don't know if that would have been a romance either, I mean, they were kids. There is for sure something though and it has potential to be burn up the pages.

What it is though, is for sure a book with a great setup for additional stories. And, what I hope is a chance for some romance even though I have no idea how that is going to work but am very giddy a
Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many things change, but some things remain the same.

When Jericho Crewe gets a call from a stranger telling him that his father is ill, he returns home to Mosely, Montana only to discover his father is dead, leaving behind a widow and children, and his childhood love and friend Wade Granger is actually one of the suspects. When the children are kidnapped Jericho joins forces with Wade to rescue them only to realise that while many things have changed some things remain the same.

This is an excelle
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Perhaps 3.5 stars

When I started reading, I was absolutely thrilled. Finally a story that kept me entertained and was totally gripping. At that point I pre-ordered the other books.
Sadly, shortly after, something went wrong for me and I can't put my finger on what it was. I think, Jericho took his family at face value and much too easy for my feeling. There were no questions, just: all right, my father's second wife and their children. Yes, he didn't like those children, nevertheless from that mom
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I think it might just be me, but I didn't like this story much.
What I did like - I liked Jericho and how his smartass comes out with the Feds.
What I didn't like - I can see where the author was going with it but I don't think it was long enough for all the cloak and dagger of pretty much every character. Not one character talked openly and was so busy either talking in riddles or not answering questions that I feel like I didn't know any of them.
and to be honest I don't really want to
Promising start to this series!
Enthralling police procedure, interesting characters and great dialogues.
I'm definitely going to read the next book. :)

4.5 stars
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
3.5 stars

I've read a few books by this author, and always felt like her and I don't get along. I can never mesh well together when I read her books. When I saw the cover for this book on Netgalley, I immediately wanted to click it. I did click it, and was super happy. I had to tell myself it doesn't matter how I feel about her past books, but only this one. I'm not a fan of the romantic suspense genre. It just doesn't work for me. I prefer mystery/thriller and the romance doesn't even have to p
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I was really looking forward to reading four new books by Kate Sherwood. I have loved her work (Shying Away, The Pawn/The Knight, The Fall/Riding Tall, Mark of Cain), but this first in her new series didn’t hook me enough to continue. This was very much a book one; no cliffhanger, but basically just setting up the characters and revealing some of their past history. There’s a mystery solved, with more fallout to come, but there’s nothing of note on the romance front yet. I just didn’t warm up to ...more
I should know by now that this author simply isn't my cup paper. DNF at 54%. I didn't care about a single person in this book and was thoroughly unimpressed with the writing. It was an exercise in frustration.

EDIT: Thanks for losing my edits, Goodreads.

Feb. 16, 2017: After a challenge from a reading buddy (who shall not be named) and peeking at a few spoilers, I decided to finish the book. While I'll never be a fan of this author's writing, the second half of the book was far more interesting to
3.5 Stars

Took a while to pick up speed and figure out what was going on, at least to some degree. It will be interesting to find out how a cop manages to get along with his criminal ex-lover. This sometimes felt more like Appalachia than Montana though.
3.5 Stars - Full Review posted on Alpha Book Club
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

It was okay. If you’re looking for a M/M Romance this is not the book for you. Two of the characters are gay but that’s it. The story was good but nothing exceptional. It did keep me reading until the end, though, so it was good enough for that
Angie Elle
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

Am I the only person who wants to run my hands up that man’s chest and sweep that tee right over his head? I think there’s a roller coaster ride of abs beneath that cotton, and I want a peek. OK. Now that I have that out of my system…oh my word. I fell for Jericho at lightning speed. He was freaking hilarious, and I love how he deals with authority – he loves to mess with law enforcement even though he’s one of them, and yeah. It’s sexy as hell. This is a trio ‘local boy makes
I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley.

First, there is no sex - there isn't even a relationship. Don't read this one expecting there to be anything romantic here.

This was an ok read for me. All I can say is it was average. Average plot, average characters, average writing. Nothing earth shattering, and I will admit to skimming a little because I didn't need a lot of the minute details.

The premise to the story is this: Jericho left Mosely when he was a teenager (not sure exactly wh
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