RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Conspiracy Theory by Elle Keaton

Conspiracy Theory By Elle Keaton


Series: Hamarsson & Dempsey, Book 1

Genre: MM Romance/Mystery/Suspense

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Mat Dempsey returned to Piedras Island after his father’s death. These days he’s Island County’s sheriff. He’s happy enough, even if moving home from San Francisco effectively forced him back into the closet. Mat’s well-ordered universe collapses when a local’s body is discovered floating in the cold waters of Hidden Harbor’s marina. All hell breaks loose in the community, and accusations fly…all coinciding with Niall Hamarsson’s return.

Niall and Mat have a history, and it’s not one Mat’s proud of. He owes Niall an apology, even if it means getting down on his knees. However, Mat’s first priority is investigating the murder before his community tears itself apart, and he may have to ask the aloof Niall Hamarsson for help.

Push apart, pull together, yes or no… The chemistry crackles between them, but will the two men be able to put aside their pasts and embrace a future?



“Hamarsson! Niall! Are you all right?” Mat called out while he picked his way from the cabin to the beach. Niall didn’t move or answer. When he reached him, Mat grabbed his shoulder—ready to shake him, to demand a reply, anything so Mat would know he was okay. Residual anger from earlier threatened to resurface; more likely fear, Mat acknowledged. Before Mat opened his mouth to repeat himself, he shined the flashlight directly toward Niall’s face.

Hamarsson’s face was perfectly blank. He didn’t acknowledge Mat’s presence in any way; he stared unseeing out over the black water. Mat looked out in the same direction. All he could see was dark waves, the hint of a moon. Any stars were hidden by cloud cover.

Carefully, Mat moved around to face Niall, kneeling in the damp sand in front of the log. Mat’s knees complained, but he ignored the twinges.

“Niall, look at me.” Mat took off one glove and gently stroked Niall’s cheek with the backs of his fingers. “Niall. Look at me,” he repeated.

Ever so slowly, Niall’s eyes moved so he was looking at Mat instead of the wide expanse of water. What his face hid, his eyes expressed: pale pools of fathomless pain. Mat wanted to make the pain go away; he wanted back the fire and anger he’d seen in their last encounter. Anything but this… blackness.



This is the first book in a new series by Elle Keaton and I loved this book. Romantic suspense which is a bit more on the heavier side with suspense. This book hooked me from the beginning. It kept me on the edge of the seat. The ending sort of creeps up on you.

This is a slow burn and also definitely just the beginning for Mat and Niall. We have a lot more to see and I can’t wait for more. The development of their relationship is very slow and I also really want to know more about Naill’s past. The island dwellers are a fun bunch and I definitely love the small town setting.

Although I’m a cat person, Fenrir, Niall’s dog, totally stole my heart. He’s adorable. I cannot wait for thr next book.
Highly recommended to all murder mystery lovers!!

*ARC provided by the author via Eliza Rae Services in exchange for an honest and unbiased review


About Elle:

Elle hails from the northwet corner of the US known for, rain, rain, and more rain. She pens the Accidental Roots series, the Never Too Late series, and the soon be published Hamarsson and Dempsey series, all set here in the Pacific Northwest. All Elle’s books feature hot mm romance with the guarantee of an HEA. The men start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle began publishing March 2017, now she has ten books out. Fall 2019 Elle is adding a third series, Hamarsson and Dempsey, also set in the Pacific Northwest. H&D will focus on a single couple as they navigate the treacherous waters of romance and police work.

Elle loves both cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

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