This novella is the perfect combination of story, characters and history. It is a male/male romance and has a few steamy scenes that enhance but not detract from the mystery in this small Texas town in the 1920’s. The book opens to the hanging of the local doctor and the sheriff is left without a person to act as coroner so he goes to the only other medical professional in the area – a vet. The glimpses of back story on Sheriff Avery and the vet, Garland, as well as the details of their current lives make this a book where it is easy to fall into the story. Add in the danger of the situation that arises as Avery and Garland find themselves falling for each other, the local KKK doing a cross burning, and this was a book I could not get through quickly enough.
I have read other books by this author and one of the things I always enjoy is how they present the characters and entwine them into the story. I find myself wondering about characters like Lucinda the housekeeper turned secretary and what her life must have been like and how she developed such a strong open heart living in that time and place.
Once again I am in awe of the quality and uniqueness of stories that Indie Authors are putting out.
For an added bonus, this is available for a free read on Kindle Unlimited.
Sheriff Avery O’Rourke has tried to obey his strict Christian faith and lead a “normal” life. In 1923 in a rural East Texas town, “normal” means heterosexual. A cholera outbreak has made Avery a young widower, so he is married to his job. When a murder investigation forces him to confront his truth, will he finally be able to accept being gay?
Veterinarian Garland Sands has returned from Europe to take over his father’s practice. Struggling with shellshock (PTSD) and heartbroken by the suicide of his French lover, he resigns himself to a quiet, solitary life as a country vet. But the murder of the town doctor brings the sheriff to Garland’s doorstep looking for help with the investigation. Seeing Avery awakens dormant feelings. Can he love a man who hates what he is?
This isn’t the lavish 1920s of The Great Gatsby. This is the flip side of that coin—rural East Texas. No electricity. No indoor plumbing. No flappers. In 1923, the timber barons have left and racism, homophobia, and sexism thrive.
A Little Sin is a realistic mystery with unlikely heroes and a timeless romance between lovers caught in a world where their love is forbidden. This book contains steamy sex scenes and is intended for adults only.