Title: Fade to Blue
Series: Blue Series #3
Author: DP Denman
Genre: M/M RomanceBrady Halverson is a self-made man with his life under control. He has the money. He has the man. He has it all. When an international scandal pits brother against brother, he realizes how quickly he could lose it.
While Brady is learning the truth behind his brother’s lies, his boyfriend Blue is learning another lesson about loyalty and the fragile bonds of friendship. A careless moment divides Blue’s circle of friends, threatening to tear it apart.
Putting things back together forces them to test the bonds of friendship and family. For one of them, things will never be the same.
This is the third book in the Blue series and I would recommend not to read this as a standalone. I found greater enjoyment and understanding of the characters from reading the first two books in the series (Blue and Rhythm and Blue).
Blue and Brady are now firmly committed in their relationship. Brady has now pared down his hours in his investment business to enable him to have more quality time with Blue. Blue is now greatly established as a name in the song writing business after entering the Grammy’s hall of fame. With both now fully invested in their new work and home life balance, their lives are now full of contentment. Coming up to their fifth anniversary it was time to review their next move in their lives together. But then life has a way of throwing tests into the karma of love, and this time both men have friends and family issues throwing a big curve ball in their bubble of love and contentment.
I would say this book focused more on Brady and his family this time and looked to Blue to be the more supportive in the relationship. It just went to prove how much Blue has grown since Brady first met him as that beaten and broken boy in his back yard all those years ago. This time it is Brady’s brother causing the storm and tests the calm that Brady usually displays. I must admit this spoilt little rich boy would test the patience of a saint!
There was also some conflict in Blue’s circle of friends and was lovely if not surprising to see Blue become the mediator between the standoff.
There were some deep emotional issues for both Brady and Blue to work through and was gorgeous to see them both work through this together. There was no angst in their own love of each other, just a silent acknowledgment that they were there for each other. We got to see much more of Brady’s parents in this one and how Brady was conflicted in his feelings towards his brother and how to do the right thing in the eyes of his mother.
As with the theme of this series it is not a steam roller with lots of drama and angst (although I guess Brady’s brother did bring in a little of that with his show of rejection against Brady) and it didn’t need it. The storyline was engaging and thought provoking enough without the requirement of suspense driven additional action. It was another winner in the Blue and Brady love story and I look forward to each instalment every time. Four stars.
Brady walked barefoot down the hall of his condo, tan carpet cushioning his steps, his mind on the golf course. He looked forward to Wednesdays at the country club, working on his game and chatting with fellow golfers. They celebrated their morning on the green with cognac at the clubhouse, bragging about better days and better scores.
He strode past the office he'd learned to ignore, the career that used to define him downgraded to a lucrative hobby. The trill of the phone on his desk lured him to the open door. It didn't make that sound often anymore. He stepped into the sunlit room, a muted version of summer pouring through the full-length tinted windows. He paused within reach of the receiver, tempted to let the call go to voice mail. It wasn't an emergency. It couldn't be.
There were no emergencies in investing. Only a slow-rising panic that took days to peak and gave people ulcers in the process. That phone produced headaches. His cell dealt with calamity, and it hadn't made a sound.
A glance at the caller ID challenged his certainty, scattering the casual curiosity and denting his mood.
Why were the Royal Canadian Mounted Police phoning his office?
A spike of fear drilled into his gut at the thought that his boyfriend, Blue, had tripped over something and done a face plant into trouble. It wouldn’t be the first time, though Blue's brand of trouble didn't warrant the RCMP’s attention. At worst, it attracted the Vancouver police and a couple of paramedics.He picked up on the third ring, pushing aside the explanation. If they were calling about Blue, they wouldn't be on his landline."This is Sergeant George with IMET," a man said in his ear. "I'm trying to reach Brady Halverson.""This is Brady. You're with what?""The Integrated Market Enforcement Team. Do you have a moment to answer some questions?"He wasn't familiar with that division, but the name was enough to launch dread down a zip line through his intestines."Sure." He stood behind his desk, cringing at the thought of something unpleasant crashing into his life."You work as a hedge fund manager. Is that correct?""Not anymore. I'm a part-time investment advisor.""And you have a brother named Terry Bernard Halverson?"That question didn't make any sense. The topics weren't related. "Yes. What's this about?""Would you mind coming down to our office to discuss a few things?"He didn't like the way the sergeant stepped around his question. Neither did his blood pressure."Can you tell me what this is about?" he repeated, suspicion inching toward dread and puddling under his arms."It regards your brother.""I figured that." His heart pounded through scenes of kidnappings by professionals who specialized in compound interest and compound fractures. "Is he all right?""To my knowledge, he's fine. I'd rather ask the remaining questions in person if you don't mind. It's not urgent, but it is important."He breathed out the tension in his stomach. "Yeah, I guess. What's the address?"Sergeant George gave it."Does it need to be today?""No. Anytime this week will be fine."They agreed to meet the next morning, and he hung up, questions crowding his head. The biggest was what Market Enforcement in British Columbia wanted with a concert violinist from Toronto.
Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense, but resolve in endings that make people want to read the book all over again. She lives among the moss and trees of the Pacific Northwest with a rambunctious pair of fur babies.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist with a special focus on the thousands of rejected and abandoned kids who end up on the street every year. To support the cause, 25% of the royalties from every book go to LGBT charities.