Inevitable Disclosure, Valor and Doyle Mysteries #4 by Nicky James

This series grabbed me from the beginning and Inevitable Disclosure, the latest installment, intensifies the mood of the story. There is murder but also the romance that is as entertaining as it is steamy. The characters are so likable that the story is hard to set aside.

From the blurb:

Quaid is adrift in MPU. With his partner on extended leave, he’s alone and unsure if he wants to continue working on missing persons cases now that his sister’s case is closed. When the missing teen he’s been seeking for a week turns up dead, it’s the icing on the cake.

Maybe it’s time to explore a different career path.

Aslan and his partner, Torin, take over Quaid’s case, but Quaid can’t help but get involved. He wants justice for the girl. Justice for her grieving family.
Is homicide the career change he’s been looking for?

The trio makes a solid team, and their banter takes the edge off a serious case. Working alongside Aslan again is fantastic. They have found a balance that works, but for as comfortable as they have become as a couple, for as inevitable as their future together seems, something’s missing.
Aslan is ready to take the next step in their relationship, but Quaid needs certain feelings to be disclosed first.

Do actions speak louder than words? Or is there magic in saying I love you?

** Inevitable Disclosure is the fourth book in the Valor and Doyle Mystery Series. It is a same-couple series that should be read in order. Although each book has a self-contained mystery with no cliff-hangers, the romance is overarching and progressive throughout the series. **

Reedkaye's Review:

This is the next story in the Valor and Doyle Mystery Series, and the author just keeps heightening the intensity of the story. While each book is not supposed to be a cliffhanger… I think this comes pretty close.  

I could not set this down. I ignored so much I was supposed to do because I was so involved in this story and couldn’t find a place to set it aside.

Quaid is questioning his career choices. He likes MPU but with his partner most likely not coming back anytime soon; he is faced with the problem of working with someone else. He knows he has his quirks and doesn’t do change well at all. He decides to take a look at other departments to see if he might like to make the change more than just a co-worker. He is also supposedly looking into a missing/runaway high school girl. Most feel she ran away, so he is not concentrating on finding her like if he knew she was kidnapped. Then her body if found. 

This brings in Aslan and Torin. They are assigned her murder. Quaid asks to be included, and they set about working as a team to find what happened to her.

At the same time, the romance between Quaid and Aslan is getting more intense. They are spending their nights together and while Aslan is ready to move forward with the relationship, Quaid is being more careful. 

This part intensifies also as decisions are made about the path their relationship will take.
So much goes on in this story.  

The detectives interfacing with teenagers gets frustrating, working with co-workers changes and a number of decisions are made concerning the romance. 

Now the sad part. This does answer all the questions, in a surprising result, about the murder. But the relationship between co-workers and Quaid and Aslan is left open to a number of questions.  

This is where I wish the author wrote faster or that the whole series were released at once. The problem is I don’t want this series to ever end.  

The characters are so likable and entertaining. Their personalities leave open so many more stories. I hope the author keeps this series going forever.

Rating: 5 Stars

Inevitable Disclosure is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.