Book Reviews

Cash in Hand by TA Moore at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 15-February-2021

Book Blurb

The last monster died a hundred years ago. At least, that’s what the monsters want you to think.


Half-monster Cash just wants to keep his head down and raise his daughter, Ellie, to be an upstanding member of monstrous society. Even if she’d rather spend the summer with her human friends than learn the art of man traps at Camp Dark Hollow.


So the last person Cash wants to see is her uncle Arkady Abascal, who’s also Cash’s ex-boyfriend.


Arkady has more than Ellie’s summer plans on his mind. He’s there to enlist Cash to find out who’s been selling monster secrets. Cash hasn’t gotten any better at telling Arkady no, but it’s not just his weakness for Arkady that makes him agree. The Prodigium thinks an Abascal exposed them to humans, and now the whole family is at risk—including Ellie.


Recruited to help Arkady identify the culprit—or frame a scapegoat—Cash finds the machinations of monstrous power easier to navigate than his feelings for Arkady. At least, at first. But when things get bloody, he wishes romantic disasters were all he had to worry about….


Book Review

The blurb summarizes the plot quite well so I won’t rehash the essence of the book. What I do want to discuss are my mixed feelings on this one – on one hand, I greatly enjoyed the premise. While the concept of monsters living among humans isn’t a new plot device, this one is from the monsters’ point of view, specifically, Cash’s. Through his eyes the reader learns that not only do monsters still exist, but there is a whole hierarchy and political structure in place. Some monsters choose to live among humans, and some still stay apart.  


I quite liked the concept of camp for monster kids, and, not unlike humans, once the kids are at camp the parents can let their hair down, so to speak. How Cash feels about his daughter, and the humor surrounding monster camp, helped balance out the clash of wills between Cash and Arkady. 


The emotional tug of war between Cash and Arkady was about perfect. They have a history that is revealed as the plot unfolds. Cash left the employ of the Abascal’s for a reason, one that he would just as soon not dig up, which makes his feelings for Arkady somewhat complicated.


Which brings me to my “other hand” – I confess to being somewhat confused and lost for a goodly portion of the book. Several subplots felt like they started midplot (as if there was a previous book I neglected to read) and weren’t entirely resolved at the end. There were characters who seemed like they were based upon monster myth, but a decisive connection was never made, which left me a tich frustrated.  


Fortunately, Cash and Arkady’s romance and the mystery kept me engaged and turning the pages. Cash’s wry sense of humor, his devotion to his daughter, and his tug of war feelings toward Arkady made ‘Cash in Hand’ an enjoyable and fairly quick read. A perfect escapism book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 193 pages/63954 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-December-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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