This is GFY but the first truly GFY/OFY I've read. All the others have the protagonist starting to accept he's gay and ignored the signals or whatever. Not here. It's very clear, this guy has never been interested in men, and still isn't, just this one.
I did enjoy this book as I enjoyed the first one, greatly because these were almost the same characters in a very similar situation, complete with jobs and hideaways, etc. Seriously, the characters even looked the same as in the previous book. And the cop was best friends with the last cop and the victim was close friends with the last victim.
The good thing is that I liked the characters, and this time around the victim can actually kind of take care of himself. Chars from the previous book reappear and I liked them too. I also like that these people aren't too stupid to live. The victims don't just take off trying to solve everything themselves.
There was an issue in the previous book that was never resolved. Basically near the end, a character says something to the effect of "things justs aren't adding up quite right" but the book moves on to the romantic conclusion and nothing else is figured out.
The first one was much better in some ways in that the plot was plot was more interesting, the thriller aspect was more there, the romantic stuff built better, there was more danger and mayhem and it linked together. In this book, one of the big danger scenes (which was good, although there should have been a better aftermath) has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the book except the perpetrator is in one of the crime scene photos. The reason he hurts the character has absolutely nothing to do with the plot.
But I did like the characters, and I did like how the romance was built. I liked that the author carried through with a certain potential threat to their romance. She didn't just suggest the problem and then have it go away immediately because everything has to be perfect. She handled it exactly the way I wanted her to. There was more romantic suspense and it was done just the way I like it.
Of course all the good people are gay men except for the grandma from the first book. This book is very black and white. But it was good, I enjoyed it, and I'm bummed that the next book sounds like it's moving in a new direction.
3.5 stars. It's not as good as the previous one which I gave four stars to, but it's better than average, I did really enjoy it. Plus, although there was instalove (that of course took awhile for the straight guy to accept) the protagonists weren't head in the clouds but more grounded about their relationship. So I'm rounding up for that reason.