YIN AND YANG by Edward Kendrick
Yin and Yang by Edward Kendrick
Reviewed by Cassie
Cop Kenyon Hagerty finds a young boy on the street and takes him to social services. Social worker Teo Marino steps in to help keep the boy safe while the police try to figure out what happened to his mother. There’s an attraction between them, but Kenyon wants something real, while Teo likes to keep things casual.
Working together to help the young boy Kenyon rescued brings Kenyon and Teo together more and more. So does the boy’s bond with Kenyon. Can Teo and Kenyon find a way to get past their differences and pull together, for the sake of the child and themselves?
Yin and Yang mixes an opposites-attract romance, a child in peril, and a hint of the supernatural. Kenyon is a dedicated cop. Teo is dedicated to his job, but flighty and unreliable in his personal life. Neal, the boy Kenyon rescues, brings out the protective instincts of both men. It soon becomes evident that there’s something off about the way Neal’s mom abandoned him. The tiniest hint of a paranormal explanation shows up in the mystery angle. I personally found the paranormal angle distracting, but it’s not so heavy that it overwhelms the rest of the story.
While trying to help Neal, Teo and Kenyon deal with their attraction. Teo soon begins to realize his love ‘em and leave ‘em style isn’t going to work with Kenyon. Teo waffles a bit, and makes some mistakes, but eventually accepts his feelings. There’s the standard misunderstanding that fortunately doesn’t drag on too long, and then the happy ending. Yin and Yang isn’t super angsty or deep, and the conflicts are solved pretty easily, but on the whole I enjoyed it.