Relocation (Restitution Series Book One) by B.H. Lynn

Relocation grabbed me from the beginning. Two intense characters thrown together with totally different personalities and issues. Toss in a murder and I could not put the story down.

From the blurb:

Homicide Detective Adam Dawson’s life is a never-ending nightmare. Caught in the grips of a toxic marriage built on trauma and shared secrets, and suspended from Chicago PD, his only shot at redemption lies in small town Peyton Illinois. All he has to do is complete a six-month assignment with the local authorities while things blow over back home, work on his issues and addictions, and come back home to right the ship.

But when he meets Detective Caleb Straus, a man with his own traumatic past, he’ll find that much like everything else in his life, nothing goes to plan. Time alone to think for himself brings up devastating realizations, and the last thing he needs is someone like Caleb making things more difficult. His new partner is kind to his own detriment, and determined to make up for the mistakes of his past and shattered expectations of the community he loves. He’s fluent in Adam’s language, and even though Adam is a walking red-flag, Caleb’s determined not to give up on him the way everyone gave up on him.
When the local High School’s principal ends up murdered in what appears to be a crime of passion, the two are forced to learn to work together quickly. As they weave through the secrets in the principal’s closet, and a string of blackmail, they find how thin the line is between wants and needs, and what happens when you get greedy.

Both men are helpless to fight the bond forming between them, but that doesn’t change the cold hard facts. And when reality sets in, the devastation might be enough to obliterate any hope they’ve found, in life, themselves, and each other.

TW: Suicidal ideations. Alcohol and prescription drug addiction. Cheating (Not between main characters.)

Reed Kaye's review:

I love this author’s stories. This new series kept me up turning the pages.

Adam sure has his share of problems. He is married to a controlling partner who plays mind games with him. When he gets into a bit of trouble on his job as a detective he gets lent to a different small town location for six months.

Caleb on the other hand broke my heart. He has had nothing but bad luck since high school. He puts on a happy face as he faces each day. When Adam is assigned as his partner neither man knows what the other is in for. Both have personalities so different from the other. Yet there is an attraction to each other.

When the high school principal is murdered, they both find out the differences in how they interface with each other and how each can drive the other crazy.

My only problem with the story is I wish the author had stated at the beginning that this is a cliffhanger.

Angel's review:

B.H. Lynn is a new-to-me author, I've never read anything by her previously, however, after reading this I might have to look to see what else she's written. I was really impressed with how this book was written, the way the words just flowed together completely entranced me from the very beginning. Adam's character is in a tricky situation, he's stuck in his marriage with a man who constantly manipulates him. Adam knows it's wrong, and knows he's not happy in the marriage, but he feels as though there's nothing he can do about it. When he got transferred, he didn't expect his new partner to break through his walls, nor did he expect Caleb to make him feel as though he could genuinely want something for himself.

I really enjoyed how this book was written, it flowed so nicely, and the pacing was really terrific. I had a hard time putting this down, I just wanted to keep reading to figure out what was going to happen next. I loved how the case Caleb and Adam were working was described, it was like watching a crime show, but I was reading it instead, it was really cool! Each new discovery was full of details, and the dialogue that happened with each new suspect was terrific! There were new pieces added to the puzzle with each chapter you read, it was incredible. I enjoyed going along with these characters and trying to figure who the real guilty party was.

Caleb's story was as heartbreaking as Adam's was, just in a different way. He grew up in the small town he now works in and that doesn't make his life easy, in fact, it makes it more difficult. These two men have been broken and been hurt in many different ways. These two together are like magnets; Drawn to each other but something keeps repelling them apart, or rather, someone.

I really enjoyed this story, but I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room, or rather, the cliffhanger that this book ended with. When I started this story I was not aware that this wasn't fully complete. it turns out that there's going to be another book that will hopefully give us more answers to all the questions about Adam and Caleb that arose in this book. I felt a bit let down that this ended with a cliffhanger, especially when there wasn't much romance in this book. Yes, there was a steamy scene, but there wasn't much romance going on. Having said that though, I'm really looking forward to the next book!

Lesetiger's review:

I am a fan of stories with men in uniform and I was delighted when I discovered this book. B.H. Lynn manages to tell the story of Adam and Caleb in such a way that I was very quickly captivated by the story. Once I started reading, I almost couldn't put the book down as I was desperate to find out what happened next. The only downer is the ending, because this story ends with a cliffhanger and I still had a few unanswered questions, which I hope will be answered in the next volume.

I very quickly took Adam and Caleb to my heart. They both have a heartbreaking story, just each in a different way. Adam lives in a toxic and unhappy marriage and is constantly manipulated by his husband. He finds it difficult to break out of the relationship. Then Adam is transferred to another city and meets his new partner, Caleb, who hasn't always been well-disposed but is trying to make the best of it. And Caleb scratches at Adam's high walls. Can he bring them down?

In addition to the fascinating MCs, the case of the murdered principal was no less fascinating. The author skillfully scattered various pieces of the puzzle that needed to be solved. Suspects were interrogated, there were many details to discover and so Adam and Caleb slowly uncover the true culprit. As a reader, I really enjoyed watching the two of them investigate.

An interesting criminal case and characters with whom I was rooting for made this book an absolute pleasure to read.

Relocation is currently available as an e-book