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For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn't gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn't enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he's not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other's arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
©2015 Cate Ashwood (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cat on 07-17-16

Men in Uniforms,hot sex and twists

Adam is a closeted paramedic. He is happy in his life. He has good friends and a partner that has his back. Then he sees an old friend from school that unlocks feelings from the past.

Sam is more than shocked when Adam keeps pressing to spend more time with him. When they were in school Adam picked on him all the time calling him Dex and teasing him. Finding out that Adam had a crush on him and wanted to see him romantically came as a shock.

Adam wants to be with Sam, but he also loves his job and knows he cannot come out. Sam understands the importance of Adam's job and lets him go.

A Forced Silence is a beautiful story with a lot going on. I described the romantic plot and Magor plot above. But what makes a good story great is underlying plots. With both men's occupations, there can be so many. We have both men called out to a particularly gruesome scene early in the story, and Sam is called to the scene to use I his forensics to help solve the crime. WE also have a side plot with Adam training a rookie Dustin that comes back to blow up in all of their faces.

The sex is smoking hot, and there is lots of action to kee the story from getting too bogged down from the romantic conflict. I am a fan of cliffhangers, and I say I didn't see this one coming. I was happily gobsmacked now I want the next book, Cate!
If you like hot paramedics, forensic scientists, coming out, second chances, twists, and hot man-sex you will like this one!
*I received a copy for an honest review*

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4 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 06-20-16

Can Hardly Wait for Book 2!

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There were several things I loved about this story: the romance that takes center stage, Sam, and Adam’s realistic struggle.

There were a couple of things I didn’t particularly love about the story. I wasn’t happy with it ending on a partial cliffhanger. Though the romance is a complete story, the mystery is left open-ended, and we’re left with a couple of questions regarding Adam’s other personal relationships.

I also struggled a bit with the narration by Scott R. Smith, especially with his cadence and inflections, and I felt a bit let down by his narration of the sex scenes in the story. Cate Ashwood does a particularly good job writing some very emotionally charged and sexy scenes, but I didn’t feel like the narration adequately showcased the heat.

But the things I loved far outweigh the things I didn’t. Ashwood totally conveys the struggle Adam has with falling for this perfect-for-him guy, and feeling like he can’t really declare it because it would negatively impact the rest of his life. She shows how miserable he is when he chooses to stay in the closet. I absolutely loved Sam (or “Dex” as Adam affectionately call him)! He was out and proud, but totally understanding about what Adam was going through. He never pushed or made Adam feel pressured. *sighs* Sam’s such a great character!

As for the mystery, there were several times where I really liked how Ashwood, and Smith, ratchet up the suspense. You just knew something was going to happen and when it did, the thrill didn’t disappoint! Alas, it ends on a cliffie. So we’ll have to wait for the next in the series (Ford’s story) to (hopefully) get some closure.

I tell you, I’m hooked. I can hardly wait for the next story to come out!

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