Variable Onset by Layla Reyne
Mystery Suspense M/M
Carina Press | May 4th 2020
I’ve now read 2 series, totaling 6 books, from Layla Reyne. I think I have to call myself a fan, right?
I mean, they’re not perfect, but clearly they’re entertaining. Highly entertaining. I actually really liked Variable Onset. I was really impressed with the pacing of the case, in addition to the characters.
Variable Onset was romantic suspense done right. The heat between the characters didn’t overshadow the mystery, and the mystery didn’t outshine the romance. Both were equally matched. Plus, I love stories that take place in a small town.
All in all, there was so much to like.
There were a few problems too, such as how it felt like Lincoln and Carter were mostly just stumbling onto the clues, not necessarily that they were sleuthing them out. I’ll also say, Lincoln was supposed to be the big brain here, but when clues were found it was by Carter. In part that played into the plot, since Carter was supposed to be the surprise.
Also, there were two mysteries at play. There was Dr Fear, but there was also a mystery personal to Carter. I was looking forward to reading them both play out equally, but sadly I felt like Carter’s was given a limp ending. Another 50 pages would have stretched it out into an ending that didn’t need to sacrifice one of the reveals.
Sill, I’m a fan.
I can’t stop requesting Layla Reyne.
I know I’ll be back.
Thank you to Netgalley and Carina Press for providing an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.