I’m always excited to find a new author who writes stories and characters I can fall in love with. That is exactly what I found when I read Dolores Arden’s debut novel Gray Matters.
This book is a combination of an intrigue and thriller tale with a very exciting and angsty romance. Both parts of the story are very well-written, though I have to admit the romance in the story seems to overshadow the intrigue sometimes, in a good way. The two main characters, Remy Devereux and Giana Falco are electric together. Every time they meet there is enough chemistry and sparks in the tale to light up all of San Francisco. The push/pull between these characters creates many steamy scenes, but there is also a lot of angst in this love story. Remy and Giana do not have an easy romance, but it is definitely rewarding.
While the mystery and intrigue is sometimes treated as secondary to the romance in the plot, it is also well-written. It works well with the rest of the story, and the “who-dun-it” part of the mystery is very well done.
I had a great time reading this book, both for the love story as well as the mystery portion of the tale. I will be eagerly looking forward to more from this author.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.