Eden’s Past by Adam Carpenter

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Eden’s Past by Adam Carpenter
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (128 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Chad Singleton, twenty-nine and model gorgeous, works as a high-priced escort for wealthy men. When he gets a call telling him his father has died, Chad is torn about returning to his small hometown of Eden, Pennsylvania. After all, it was his homophobic father who banished Chad years ago. When he returns, he is thrown into the mystery surrounding how his father died. Fortunately the sexy chief of police, Brett Ellers, has caught Chad’s eye.

As Chad and Brett submit to their heated attraction, forces from Eden’s underbelly threaten to undo their secret affair. In Eden, everyone has an agenda, their motives as dark as the night. Intrigue, murder, passionate love affairs, they all dominate the landscape in this picturesque world of horse farms and crumbling, once majestic estates.

In Eden, even the wealthy—especially the wealthy—play dirty.

Chad Singleton hasn’t been home to Eden in what seems like forever. However, when the news of his father’s death reaches him, he knows he has no choice but to return despite all that had come before. Reluctantly, he backs out of a trip to the Far East with one of his clients and heads home, only to discover there’s a lot more going on than anyone knew.

Chad is a very conflicted character. After having been banished from Eden by his homophobic father, he moved on to New York and found work as an escort. Although he enjoys the traveling – and the companionship – there’s something missing from his life. Something he doesn’t even realize is missing until he meets the sexy chief of police, Brett Ellers. Chad’s character really starts to come to life after his first interaction with Brett and I really enjoyed watching him evolve.

Brett Ellers, Eden’s chief of police, is in high demand. Lusted after by nearly every woman in town, he’s holding a secret very few know. In a town as small as Eden, knowing that he was gay might simply end his career, no questions asked, so he stays in the closet. While not an uncommon practice, it makes his relationship with Chad a bit more difficult in the beginning. Sadly, he also seems to be holding another secret back, on that very well might have to do with the death of Chad’s father, although we don’t know much about any of that by the end of this novella. Despite his fears and sometimes odd behavior, I really do like Brett. I think he and Chad are good for each other and can help one another deal with their pasts and make a life together.

Eden’s Past is an exciting, steamy story full of gorgeous men, sexy situations and enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. Fair warning, however, the story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving you asking questions you can’t answer until the sequel. That in itself is enough to get me to pick up the next in the series, just so I can find out what happens next. I cannot wait until I know exactly what really happened to Silas Singleton!

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