The Bay City Paranormal Investigation series edges very much on the second level, and truth be told, also in the romance development it was not “classic”: I clearly remember at the end of the first book that I thought, well, I’m not really sure that this couple will be together in the future. Where Sam was pretty sure of his feelings, Bo played the “straight” role for most of the story, and in the end, even if he came out to Sam, he was still deep in the closet to every one else, his family included. And above all he was married and his wife was not aware of his love for Sam.
Starting book 2 things are not really changed, other than Bo has introduced the possibility of asking a divorce to his wife Janine. But he has no intention of coming out, not to his family or his co-workers. Sam is still his little dirty secret, and even if when they are alone Bo is passionate and caring; Sam starts to feel the heaviness of the relationship. Doesn’t help that another man, Dean, joins the group and he is handsome, flirting and willing to have an open relationship with Sam. Sam is drawn to Dean, not really on a physical level I think, but more to the possibility of living in the open their love, no hiding, no lies.
As the subgenre of the story is more horror than romance, also the romance itself is not following the canonical rules: while Sam loves Bo, in a way the love is not unconditionally, and in the end, he will fall into temptation. What Hides Inside is a step more into the evolution of Sam and Bo’s relationship, but it’s not again the conclusive step: Bo has only partially resolved his issues, Sam is still asking for more than what Bo is willing to concede; what has changed is that Sam tested his love for Bo, and he had the chance to ponder it in comparison to other alternatives, so now, if he is into the relationship, he is more aware and convinced of it.
Amazon: What Hides Inside
Amazon Kindle: What Hides Inside: Bay City Paranormal Investigations, Book 2
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 30, 2007)
Series: Bay City Paranormal Investigation
1) Oleander House: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/31109.html
2) What Hides Inside