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Storm Season

(Accidental Roots #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  120 reviews
They say you cant go home again, Adam Klay doesnt intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his fathers chaotic life was never on Adams bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his ...more
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published January 2019 by Dirty Dog Press (first published March 10th 2017)
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Jenni Lea
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit

4.25 stars

This is a good one y'all. You should check it out. Great story flow, lots of snark! I'm hooked in for book two.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
***3.5 Stars***

Auspicious start to a new series

... is part of his job, but he is also confronted with it where he expected it least of all...

Dedicated to his job, but worn out FBI Agent Adam Klay is called from the middle of a crime scene to return to his small hometown in order to settle the assets of his deceased estranged father. To say being back generates mixed feelings in him would be quite an understatement and he clutches at every straw to shuffle out of the situation of dealing
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this start to the series. The writing wasn't all that smooth, though - the scene breaks were often either jarring or not marked at all, so I had to go back many times to make sure I didn't miss something. Still, I enjoyed the story and the characters and am looking forward to continuing the series.
This novel is in dire need of an editor. There's far too much telling and not nearly enough showing. Too many abrupt scene cuts, as well as scenes that seem to go nowhere. At one point, a dream sequence bleeds into the real time rescue of a character from a house fire. At another, a sex scene begins with the characters waking up and getting into it, and abruptly ends before it goes anywhere, almost as if the author forgot to finish it.

The mystery plot is unnecessarily complicated by the
Joyfully Jay
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I liked this book. Romance mixed with mystery is a favorite genre of mine. Elle Keaton has written an excellent story with great characters and a well plotted mystery. Adam is a flawed man. Even though hes an agent who closes cases and gets results, hes somewhat grumpy and (in my opinion, at least) a little jaded. He also feels deeply for the victims of the crimes hes investigating. Hes a genuine human being, not a by-the-book agent. Micah is a sad character. I felt
** 4.5 stars **

This was my first book by Elle Keaton, and I really enjoyed it. I love a good mystery with a side of amateur sleuthing. Plus small town and people knowing everyone's business makes for a very entertaining story. I liked that the author made chapters short. And each had either Adam or Micah's POV. It was always clear who was who, and I really liked that. The pace was a bit slow for a mystery but it was interspersed with beautiful descriptions of local landmarks that I found myself
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, freebie-fic
This book is nearly all tell, there's no show, barely any conversation, but been two long drawn out sex scene by 38%. Writing really not working for me, too much focus on the irrelevant and scenes that trail off.

The main character is a jaded work-a-holic better than everyone else FBI agent who wants to save the world. He gets 'hunches' based on zero evidence or reason; appears apathetic about everything and disparaging about nearly everyone he encounters - oh the hell of finding you've inherited
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, bmbr-reads, 2017
Oh yes. There's nothing like a new to me author with a book that I love, it's like finding a new great flavour of ice-cream. This book/author was one of those. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What started off as seemingly as a boy-returns-to-home-town-and-finds-love soon turned into much more. Yes, it did have those aspects. I loved Micah and Adam both. I was a tad concerned that Micah especially might turn into a bit od a stereotype, but the author managed his storyline well. Adam too was a great
BWT (Belen)
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as dnf-or-hated
Shelves: mm-fiction
DNF @25% - no rating.

I just cannot connect to this at all and I decided 2020 was the year I wasn't going to feel bad for not finishing something. So, yes, I'm tapping out here. YMMV.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Lisa The Novel Approach
Trying to work a homicide case, long distance, and take care of the hell-hole he inherited from his father is starting to take its toll on federal investigator Adam Klay. When his boss, Mohammad, demands Adam take some time off, the last thing he wanted to do was return to Skagit, Washington, but with the passing of his father, Gerald, it was unavoidable. Adams life, growing up, had some disappointments, namely a mother who wanted nothing to do with him or his father, and who eventually ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freebie again at right now:
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Ok, so this Authors writing is odd, but I think I'm in serious like with it.


This was good. There was something about the characters, the story, the setting and yes, the weird writing that just had me hooked.

I can not wait to read the rest of this series!
Very good!

Terrific characters, great story, and excellent writing. This was a well plotted book that sucked me in from the beginning. I loved the relationship between Micah and Adam and the fully fleshed out secondary characters. Looking forward to the next book of this series!
Jess A Jaye
I do enjoy a romance that also has a mystery at it's heart. I love the added drama, the tension, the twists & turns and the hunt for the bad guy. And Storm Season has these elements in buckets.
Don't wanna give spoilers so I'm not going to say a lot about the plot. Just know it really adds to the intrigue of the story and was really page turning. And also the main focus is on Micah and Adam. Micah and Adam are your classic two lost souls. Micah is still grieving the lose of his parents and
hmmm not sure what to make of the book. I picked it because it was tagged as mystery. There is one or two, but not on the front. There are different stories going on. Adam's father death and his estate, which what made him go back "home", followed Adam's childhood and what went on while growing up. Followed by his work as an FBI agent and his personality relationships (lack off). Also his father's personality and past mistakes. Let's not forget his mother.
Micah with his current situation, family
The Celtic Rebel (Richard)
~ Witty ~ Entertaining ~ Romantic ~ Easy To Read ~ Page Turner ~ Funny ~ Unpredictable ~ Steamy ~ Tragic ~ Action-Packed ~ Wonderful Characters ~ Great World Building ~

Romantic suspense has become a favorite genre for me and I am loving this series. The first book in the series was a wonderful start. The mystery is nicely plotted and detailed. The characters are wonderful from the main characters of Adam and Micah to the supporting characters. Such wonderful characterizations and I look forward
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
New to me author. This is a mm contemporary story set in the USA. Main characters are Micah and Adam. Adam was a federal agent investigating missing and murdered girls. I found this book made lots of assumptions and the story jumped.
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
**dont Let this book keep you from exploring this series!**

3 Stars

This book started with so much promise. The opening scene grabbed me and piqued my interest, Im a huge CSI/Criminal Minds fan, and I quickly settled in for what I assumed would be a gripping, suspenseful mystery, with a side of smoking hot romance. Umm.. unfortunately, thats not what happened. The content of the suspense/mystery portion started out so well, but it all quickly fell apart and the execution was just not good. The
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great mystery romance! A mystery is tricky and I'm generally a hard sell when it comes to them because I hold it to a different standard. In the end, it has to be amazing. I have to understand the who, how, why's. On the whole, I was impressed!

Adam is a piece of work. He's a great detective but his line of work has made him into a bit of a grump... or so I assumed at first. When we learn about his childhood things make more sense. His mom left him and his dad, that's changes a person.
Page 116 of 308

DNF. Too much focus on sex. Not enough lore/background to keep me interested.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Hard-nosed Federal Investigator Adam Klay and reclusive Micah Ryan seems like an unlike couple from the outside. Both men turn out to be far more complex than my initial impressions of them suggest. Neither one of them is looking for a relationship. They both live with few people who are close to them. This set up really worked for me because I love seeing lonely people find love.

I like that we get to meet the men alone and
K.R. Phoenix
Thrilling and steamy

I really enjoyed this adventure. A somewhat twisted case mixed up in his childhood town, Adam starts to uncover the secrets and dangers of his town.
I enjoyed adorable, awkward, and clumsy Micah and liked seeing him grow into himself and his confidence.
The case isn't closed but great headway is made and I hope to see more of Adam and Micah in book 2. I felt like there was many thoughts, cases, and paths created in this first story and I hope they are all unraveled in future
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, own-have, kindle
I thought it was pretty good overall. Adam returns to his hometown after his father's death. He couldn't wait to get out of there when he was younger. However, he finds a different place than what he remembers. Micah has been suffering for years after his family was taken cruelly from him. Both men have issues but are drawn to each other.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Writing style is very different but the story was veery engaging and entertaining. The story sucks you in because things are not what they seem. Looking forward to book two!.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-q
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Jenny Wood
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
First things first. Muncie Indiana police really are douchebags, and pretty much the whole of Indiana is right there along with them. Big points for that call out, Im still living here lol feel sorry for me!

So, first things first, this is my first by this author, and Im not usually a mystery/suspense/angsty type of reader, but once I picked this one up, I didnt put it down until I finished. We meet Adam when hes investigating the murder scene of a little girl. He seems jaded and closed off from
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. The writing was good. The plot was good. I just feel like was missing as this took me a lot longer to get through than it should have. I think the issue may have been with Adam & Micah. They connected far too fast, to the point that a) I just didn't see what the connection was and b) I missed out on connecting with either character. I would have liked if their relationship developed a little slower, though I don't honestly know how that could have been possible and still have ...more
Mere Rain
Federal investigator Adam returns to the small town he gladly left behind to clean up his late father's hoarder house mess. He intersects with shy, orphaned Micah, whose reclusive life is interrupted by the periphery of a crime.

Unusually for this sort of small-town home-again setting, the two men have never met before. Their attraction is more or less instalove. And their first extended conversation is glossed over, not enlightening the reader as to the source of their attraction. Sure, they're
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2020-read
3 stars

Good start to the series, I enjoyed the storyline and like that it isnt completed yet. But there was something about the writing style that didnt sit well with me. Im not sure what it is, just that the constant use of the characters names kept pulling me out of the story. The story in itself is good. I like the idea, so Im going to give the next one a go and see if it gets better, or I just get used to it.
Adam is a hard character to get to know, he comes across really unlikable. He is
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Elle hails from the northwest corner of the US known for, rain, rain, and more rain. She pens Accidental Roots, Never Too Late, Hamarsson and Dempsey, and Home in Hollyridge all set here in the Pacific Northwest. All Elles books feature hot mm romance with the guarantee of a HEA. The men start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.


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