For Robert Lemos meeting Irishman JD Ryan
was love at first sight. For fifteen years, both Robert and JD
loved and fought fiercely. But relationships sometimes
breakdown, so when JD left Robert, Robert figured it would be
the last time heíd see his lover again. But on a cold windy
night, Robert gets a call that shatters his life. JD is in
hospital after being shot outside a gay dance club. Robert
rushes to JDís side after being apart for a year.
But when JD wakes up he canít remember
anything from the last decade. The doctors promise his
retrograde amnesia will wear off. So Robert brings JD back to
their house, trying his best
to be with the man he loves before JD remembers why he left
Robert in the first place.
JD wants Robert bad, he wants to know why
he was targeted and who killed the young man he was with. But
more than anything he wants to understand why he and Robert
seem to wallow in their pain instead of talking to each other.
JD and Robertís problems are not just
each other, or the murder investigation. Robertís best friend,
Captain Gabe Lara hates JD. He wants his best friend to leave
JD and live his life with a woman, but more specifically he
just wants Robert to be happy. Detective Bill, the
investigator on the murder case, seems to take a little more
interest in JD than he should.
Will Robert and JD make their peace, or
will they once again fall apart?
Amor en Retrogrado is a
beautifully crafted suspense novel that had me on the each of
my seat. Wow, wow, wow is all I can say whilst I was reading
this fascinatingly penned novel. The beginning of the story
just pulled me right in, the plot was absolutely fantastic,
which was greatly researched and held a clever disguise in the
Ďwho-dun-ití mystery. Never throughout the duration of the
story did I guess who had committed the murder.
The main characters in the story, JD and
Ryan frustrated me to no ends. Sometimes during the story, I
just had to back away from my computer. These characters were
so intense, in their emotions, that I felt their feelings
radiating off the pages. As a reader I hate getting frustrated
with characters, I easily find the characters I associate with
and end up falling in love with them. But with the characters
of Amor en Retrogrado I felt I was on this
roller coaster of a ride, of love, hate and anger. After
awhile I wanted to get drunk too. JD and Robert have to be the
most complex but enticing characters I have read in 2008. The
characters just leap off the pages, and they felt so real to
me. It was beyond amazing how well A.M. Riley crafted
her two main heroes.
Amor en Retrogrado is not a
novel that only relies on the relationship aspect at all. This
story was about a murder case, and it was beautifully crafted.
The detectives Kate and Bill were absolute gems of supporting
characters, as was Robertís best friend Gage.
All I can say that this story might fall
under the LGBT genre but every lover of a good mystery and
suspense should buy this book. The story telling is wonderful,
the writing flawless and the characters just take your breath
away. The only thing I can hope is that the author considers a
spin-off for Detective Bill sometime in the future too. I
absolutely Joyfully Recommend Amor en Retrogrado.