The Veiled Intentions Trilogy by Elle Keaton

The Veiled Intentions series is about to have a new book about favorite couple Hamarsson and Dempsey. In anticipation of Full Disclosure (book #4), here is a quick look back at the original trilogy.

From the Conspiracy Theory blurb:

He can't escape his past--or his future.

Bitter and weary, homicide detective Niall Hamarsson burns his last bridge, retreating to the only place he's ever called home.

But murder beats him there.

Sheriff Mat Dempsey is a glass-half-full kind of guy. He returned to the island after his father drowned to take care of his mom. Life is quiet and simple, until Niall Hamarsson's return.

Nothing about Niall Hamarsson is simple.

Maybe Niall's childhood refuge will allow him the space to re-evaluate his future. Maybe he'll be able to keep the kind, competent sheriff at arm's length.

Mat needs Niall to stay away from the investigation, he doesn't want the ex-detective muddying the waters of Hidden Harbor.

Niall's not meddling so much as keeping his hand in. The case is a distraction from the unwanted memories that are popping up like weeds after a rainstorm.

How long will it take for the two of them to realize they work better together than apart? In more ways than one?

The Veiled Intentions trilogy is a dual POV, slow-burn, three-act, romantic suspense about a broody introvert and a somewhat patient Sheriff as they grope their way to a happily ever after.

SNik's review:

First in series (Veiled Intentions). Murder mystery. Very slow burn. Dual POV. 

Coming home is not easy for Niall, leaving his job as a homicide detective to return to the place where he was bullied and always felt an outsider, except when his grandparents were alive. Mat returned to his small island hometown years ago and now is sheriff, but a murder and a turbulent set of events have him overextended, mixed in with the return of his first crush. 

Niall is the poster boy for a misanthropic, dark past, brooding main character, who while trying to find some semblance of happiness experiences a brief and expanding attraction to someone he knew briefly when they were younger and allows himself to grudgingly accept the connection. The suspense of the investigation and the background for the characters was intriguing, I enjoyed that Mat was persistent in wanting to get to know Niall. This is a HFN as the series continues, and I can’t wait to jump into the next book.

From the Long Shadow blurb:

Niall’s known nothing but betrayal. All Mat wants is Niall’s heart.

Mat and Niall are stronger together than apart. When will Niall realize that truth? Will he ever?

Since the night on the beach Niall's been avoiding Mat like a bad case of the flu--which, ironically, most of his deputies have come down with. What will it take for Niall to truly believe Mat wants him for who he is?

Mat's overworked, Niall's unnerved, and then things really go sideways.

Someone wants the sheriff dead. Niall's not about to let that happen, even if he doesn't think Mat should waste time on him.

Will Niall unlock the fortress around his heart, or will he push Mat away permanently?

Long Shadow is a dual POV about a broody introvert and a somewhat patient Sheriff. Mat’s going to have to prove to Niall he's the man for him. The Veiled Intentions trilogy follows the same couple as they find their way to their happily ever after.

SNik's review:

Second in series (Veiled Intentions), must be read in order. Suspense. Established friendship/couple. Dual POV. 

Set a little more than a month after the last book, Niall has been avoiding Mat, avoiding the possibility of feelings, and trying to settle all the loose strings of his former career and where he will be living. Meanwhile, there is an arsonist on the island and Mat is again overworked, supporting his family, and determinedly chasing down Niall hoping the man won’t run away from what they could be building. 

There is definitely more about Mat and Niall’s growing relationship in this story, although the overall book seemed scattered with so many story arcs going at once. It didn’t matter, I was fully invested and entertained, glad Mat didn’t let Niall push him away and also that there is a growing sense of found family and true partnership for them whether in bed or working on the investigation. I’m really enjoying this series.

From the Black Moon blurb:

One corpse, two corpse, old corpse, new corpse.

Summer is crashing into fall, Mat and Niall have a wedding to overthink.

A body is discovered floating in the harbor and this time it's the missing ex-Piedras Marine officer Duane Cooper.

Who, aside from Niall, wanted Duane dead? He's been on the run for months, why would he turn up dead now?

Black Moon, third in the Veiled Intentions trilogy, Black Moon is a dual POV following Sheriff Mat Dempsey and now Private Investigator Niall Hamarsson as they grope their way to a happily ever after.

SNik's review:

Third in series (Veiled Intentions), must be read in order. Murder suspense. Established couple. Dual POV. 

Another dead body is found, this one linked up to the previous books and Niall and Mat are not thrilled. Trying to plan a wedding, while settling into living together, and juggling their jobs, Mat and Niall really do make an effort to keep the home fires burning. 

I really enjoyed how settled and comfortable Mat and Niall’s relationship is in this story, and their steamy interactions and affection towards each other really solidify their relationship in this book. There were again a lot of storylines twisting through the investigations happening, but they all come together for Mat and Niall to overcome so I was thoroughly entertained. 

Although this was an HEA when published in 2020, and the author had the West Coast Forensics series in the shared universe, Elle Keaton has another book coming soon for the series focused back on Mat and Niall, which can’t come soon enough.

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