Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Gumption & Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell

Gumption & Gumshoes
Title: Gumption & Gumshoes by Alex Kidwell
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Published August 21st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages

Rating: 5 Stars

August Adahy Mendez would rather be buried in the world of his detective novels or a good film noir movie than in real life. He’s overweight, undermotivated, and stuck in a dead-end job. As a Chincha, he’s part of a long line of chinchilla shifters, but the greatest accomplishment in his life so far has been moving an hour away from his close-knit herd. That all changes when August’s grandfather leaves him enough cash to pursue his dream: becoming a detective himself.

Sam Ewing is a bitter divorc√© who enjoys watching football and being alone. It’s easier when his only interaction with people is when he collects rent from his office building tenants. Then August rents space from him to set up his new detective agency, and Sam is drawn to him despite his misgivings.

Sam soon finds himself involved with one of August’s cases, and the men join forces to catch their criminal. The greater challenges they face, however, are how August makes Sam want to give love a second try and how Sam makes August believe that real life might be even better than fiction.


August rents out an office space from Sam, the building owner. When Sam discovers August's paranormal secret, they draw closer together. As August's case gets more dangerous, Sam gets involved to protect August's secrets and his life.

Sam, the bitter loner, cannot help being attracted to August. He sees past August's hunched figure, clumsiness, and babbling to the person underneath that has an amazing smile. The only thing standing in his way is his bad marriage experience. When he finally allows himself to fall for August, his inner teddy bear shows.

August's low self-esteem stems from being overweight, being an outcast in his herd, and other people's  low opinions of him. Starting his own detective agency gives him back his confidence and direction in life. It is amazing to see how much he changed since the beginning of the book to become a "gumshoe" with "gumption."

The book focuses a lot on Sam's and August's relationship, but the mystery of the dry cleaners case was also interesting. Working on the case showcases a lot of August's Chinca abilities and that part was an overload on cuteness. I keep expecting the mystery to end since August had it all figured out but there were unexpected twists!

This is an amazing shifter story with believable characters and a heartwarming romance. Little touches like clumsy sex, involving in each other's quirks, and chinchilla oddities (like dust baths), just makes the story more endearing. Overall, this is a great book for shifter fans who like a lot of romance. 

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