Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West is book two of the Heart and Haven. Alex and Hunter’s vacation paradise just turned into hell on earth. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses
(Heart and Haven #2) by Heloise West
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Title: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses
Series: Heart and Haven #2
Author: Heloise Wes
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 18, 2016)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery
Length/Format: 1361 KB/258 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 3 1/2
When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth. There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.
Their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, confide a troubling secret, and, of course, Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and then a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels. The jewel thief Derek Boyd wants his boyfriend and his stolen jewels back at any cost and a Russian mobster wants his wife’s jewels returned…
Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West is the sequel to Hitting Black Ice (Loose Id, 12/2014) and is not a standalone novel.
In this story, Hunter and Alex have created their happily ever after, although there are a few things still to be smoothed over. Alex is waiting to hear if he is accepted into Quantico and Hunter is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg. They are working on their happily ever after but things get a little complicated in book two before they manage to find their way.
Hunter and Alex are gifted with a trip to the Caribbean and head to the island of Saba to spend time with old family friends and enjoy some much needed R&R. They are looking forward to sun, sex and sand for the next few weeks but instead they manage to find tropical storms and a murder mystery.
The biggest problem I had with the story was the rather meandering, wordy way that Alex and I end up getting to the action packed part of the story. Most of the book is a mix of sex, conversation, meeting new characters, and descriptions of island life. Those are all great things and are necessary to really start off any book but I think there was too much meandering without purpose before we get to the actual action portion of the book.
The secondary characters in Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses are well developed and play an integral role in the development of the story. Once the combined forces of the hurricane as well as the discovery of a dead body converge, the story picks up and things start moving along quickly. Alex and Hunter are smart guys, making intelligent decisions and working together to solve a crime and survive a hurricane.
I definitely think I liked book one of this series better, mainly because I think the plot was more focused and the story progressed more quickly. Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses is a great followup to Hunter and Alex’s story but it was harder for me to really getting into it.