Book: Tea or Consequences
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication date: September 22, 2017
Length: 210 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?
Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.
It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.
Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.
When I read the synopsis for this I was so on board. It sounded majorly intriguing. Murder, mystery, and mayhem. What’s not to love?
This is told entirely in Riley’s POV. That was interesting. He’s a temp working as an executive assistant to Gabriella Gautier, boss lady extraordinaire. It’s no secret that she’s the murder victim in this. We read that in the blurb. I didn’t realize we’d actually get some page time with her. That was awesome.
I paid attention to everything she said and did in the short time she was here and I have to say, when it came to the discovery of the who, what, where, when, and how, she was pretty vital.
Riley, he’s wonderful. I wasn’t sure he’d be able to carry the whole book but he did. The detective on the case is his old high school crush. Riley looks a lot different than when he was in high school but Tadeo doesn't and he still does it for him.
So much of this story is the murder mystery. Yes there’s sweet romance but I didn’t feel like it was the main focus of this story. At one point I wasn’t sure Tad and Riley actually would get together in the end. The chemistry seemed to be there a little, but for a while I just was like, “If it happens it happens.” It just didn’t call to me as something that needed to be. It wasn’t until the last 20% of the book that these two starting clicking for me.
I loved Riley though. His friends, all the adventures he goes through while trying to find a killer and not be their next victim.
If you LOVE whodunits then I really do feel like this is an awesome book for you!
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