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★★★★★ Private Dicks (Private Dicks #1) by Katie Allen ★★★★★

 It’s Throwback Thursday so you might want to check out this ripper!

 

Private Dicks

 

Private Dicks

by

Katie Allen

First published April 2009 by Ellora’s Cave

The blurb:

Ex-cop Isaac Rhodes is a tough and intimidating private investigator with a talent for kicking in doors and knocking bail jumpers’ heads together. His only soft spot is for his partner, Nate Washington—though Wash makes him anything but soft. He’s silently lusted after Wash for a year, until his desire drives him to finally come out to his partner.

This confession leads to Wash admitting a few secrets of his own, unleashing needs that result in hot, sweaty, sexy, man-on-man intimacy. Rhodes is elated…until Wash admits he’s unsure if he’s willing to endure the often prejudice-filled life of an outed gay man. Crushed, Rhodes backs off. But one missing child—and a gun to Wash’s head—convinces Rhodes to do whatever it takes to get his man.

So what did Robyn think? 

Given the title and cover you’d be mistaken thinking this was a PWP (porn without plot)  It’s not. It’s freaking perfect!!!

Think about this:

  • Two hot MC’s? Check
  • A crimey type plot? Check
  • Enough sex to cover the storyline without going overboard? Check
  • Just a hint of angsty romance? Check
  • Humour to boot? Check and double check.

Fantastic!! I loved both MC’s immensely, especially Wash coz he was unapologetic with everyone. I didn’t like what he did to Isaac initially but he made up for it in the end. Poor Isaac was a bit here and there with Wash but I understood him not wanting to appear desperate and needy. The crimey plot was well done too. Not over the top action, just enough realism for this to be a fantastic light read.

Recommended to all.

Hope you enjoy – Robyn x

 

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A Reason To Stay by R.J. Scott

A great start to a series – Heroes! If you haven’t read the first book yet, do so now because the second book is due to be released next month. 🙂

  • A Reason To Stay (book 1) – in this review
  • Last Marine Standing (book 2)- expected release 27th June 2014

A Reason To Stay

A Reason to Stay

by  R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 stars

The Blurb…

When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.

But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.

What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.

There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.

When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?

So what did I think?

I thoroughly enjoyed a A Reason To Stay which has set the standard for another great series by RJ Scott.

There are a couple of elements to this story.

Firstly, it is a mystery. Something strange is happening up the mountain and Viktor, Navy SEAL, is going to find out exactly what it is and why his nephew ended up in a coma in hospital. His family is at risk and he will do everything and anything to protect them.

It is a romance, a story of second and third chances. Viktor and Aiden (who is now working in law enforcement) knew each other in high school, where Aiden had long term expectations. Years later when they reconnect, he still loves Viktor. But Viktor is a man haunted by his belief that as a SEAL he can’t offer anything to anyone. He runs. It takes the threat to his family to bring Viktor and Aiden together again as they put their lives at risk to solve the mystery.

This is a story with lots of drama and action– murder, villains and true hero moments– but also soul searching as Aiden and Viktor fight their attraction to each other. The sex is super hot and the ending fabulous– i just love big moments that make people face the truth!

I enjoyed the blend of mystery and romance and the pacing of the book. Sure, at moments Viktor annoyed the hell out of me but the happy ending for these heroes was definitely worth it.

I am now very much looking forward to the second book, Last Marine Standing, due to be released in June, which gives us Sam’s story.

A copy of this book was received from the author with no expectations of a review.

Happy reading,

Nic 

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A Rookie Move by Sam B. Morgan

A Rookie MoveA Rookie Move by Sam B. Morgan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Fifteen years with the Los Angeles Police Department, Mike Graham is a seasoned cop and a damn good training officer. On the brutal streets of LA, he’s witnessed every type of crime and taught countless rookies how to survive while they protect and serve. Nothing surprises him anymore. That is, until he meets Nathan York.

Nathan York shouldn’t be a cop. With his Beverly Hills background and pretty boy good looks, he’s fit for the land of movie stars and nose jobs. Too bad being LAPD is all he’s ever wanted. No longer a rookie, he thinks he’s ready for anything, even if the next challenge is working with his hard-assed yet magnetic ex-training officer.

Partners on the job, Mike and Nate both struggle with an attraction that has no place in their world. Their explosive chemistry reaches a point it cannot be ignored, but the same chemistry that consumes them could destroy the very thing that binds them together.

So what did I think?

I was sucked straight into the story of Nate and Mike, right from the first action scene, through their emotional turmoil (not that it was really that angsty) and to the happy ending.

I love a story that is able to blend the romance with ‘real life’ action so I really enjoyed the scenes where the guys were responding to calls and performing their jobs as police officers.

Mike is the older of the two men and he is partnered with Nate to act as his mentor. He is good at what he does with a tough reputation, putting his rookies through their paces but turning out good cops. Mike is in the closet with an immediate attraction to Nate. He resists but ultimately he breaks all his rules with Nate.

Nate is only in his mid-twenties and still learning the ropes. His love life has always been lacking and he is in a dead-end relationship with his girlfriend. When that relationship ends and he starts to look at Mike in a way he has never looked at another man before, he starts to get an inkling as to why the sparks were never flying in the past.

These guys are hot together! I love the combination of slightly older and more experienced partner, I liked Nate just waking up to his sexuality, I liked the internal conflict as each man tried to work through their issues.

Mike’s doubts seemed so real as he questioned whether Nate would stay with him, sure that Nate’s feelings would run their course and he would want to broaden his experience. But Nate knows exactly what he wants – he may be new at this but he isn’t shy!

❅❅❅❅❅❅❅

To find out more about Sam B. Morgan and books visit the website.

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★★★★★ Inferno by Scarlet Blackwell ★★★★★

InfernoInferno by Scarlet Blackwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

In Inferno, passion burns hotter than hell… After the murder of a notorious rent boy in the relatively new gay nightclub Inferno, Moonlight Cove cop Zack Stewart and his partner Claire Keaton are presented with a bewildering array of suspects, all with links to the dead man. Zack’s chief suspect is arrogant club owner Dante Jardine, a man not so easy to unravel, and even more difficult to pin down. Soon the cops are knee-deep in bodies and Zack’s priorities become more muddled the longer he is around Dante. When his professional and personal lives begin to merge, Zack finds himself walking a dangerous road between being a good cop and giving in to his growing desire…

So what did I think?

Okay, so let’s put aside the fact that sexy cop Zack, broke every rule in the policeman’s handbook. Let’s not worry that he didn’t stick to police procedure and just be grateful his lust for nightclub owner Dante won out!

Zack meets Dante when he investigates a murder at a gay nightclub. The attraction between the two simmers from the minute they lay eyes on each other, to the point where Zach loses all control where Dante is concerned.

This story blends the mystery of the murder investigation, set against the background of the Inferno nightclub, with the smoldering relationship between Zach and Dante. Their attractions is wild and passionate, their sex is hard and fast and desperate. The main characters are complex and theirs is not an easy journey – a love, hate, push, pull emotional journey, fraught with drama.

I loved the mystery and drama and adored Zack’s partner Claire, but I read this story for the smoking, hot romance. It was the interaction between Dante and Zack that had me turning the pages, initially for the amazing sex, then for the pursuit as Zack fought for his man and finally waiting for the happy ending. (Once again, park the realism, it was romantic and wonderful!)

5 Stars

To find out more about Scarlet Blackwell and her books visit her website.

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Sounds of Love (Senses and Sensations #1) by Susan Laine

The Senses and Sensations series..

  • Sounds of Love (book #1) – in this review
  • Love in Plain Sight (book #2)
  • A Luminous Touch (book #3)

 

Sounds of Love (Senses and Sensations, #1)Sounds of Love by Susan Laine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

What does love sound like? If you hear it, will you heed its call?

Police officer Jordan Waters is recovering from a shooting by moving to a new apartment in a new town and taking a new job. In other words, he’s lonely. His first instinct is to relieve his anxiety through uncomplicated sex—until he meets a man so far out of his league and experience that he stumbles for the first time.

Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor give him the strength to get through anything—even the emotional defenses of Jordan Waters. But it’s his own family history that poses the biggest challenge. Can he learn to trust Jordan with his heart, or will his upbringing blind him to the sounds of love?

So what did I think?

This is one of those books that I really had mixed reactions about which totally surprised me as I had seen quite high ratings and reviews from my GR friends plus found the blurb really appealing.

I actually struggled to engage with the story for about the first 50%. So what didn’t I enjoy? I’m not sure if I totally liked the first person POV. I think I actually got a little sick of Jordan’s voice. Jordan seemed all over the place, flitting from thought to thought. He could be in the middle of a drama and suddenly starting thinking about something totally unrelated and things seemed to drag out with long internal monologue.

But after the first 50%, things started to pick up and also more characters started to play an active role in the story. The plot centres around Jordan, a policeman and self-confessed “A guy gifted in sexual pleasures but talentless in love.” who falls for Sebastian, a deaf volunteer police worker. Sebastian manages to break through to Jordan and even from the first meeting, it is clear that Jordan has feelings for him. He cares enough to warn Sebastian about his past and suggest he gets the low down from his partner before they take their relationship any further.

My favourite line which really illustrates Jordan’s soon-to-be-changed view of the world……..“It wasn’t like I was in love, or like he was in love, or like we were going to be together forever. It wasn’t like the future was etched in stone for us, destined to be lovers, to become one. That was straight romance, not gay sex.”

Sebastian was a fabulous character (strong, capable and honest) and his deafness was NOT his defining quality. This was not a story about how Jordan forms a relationship with a deaf man, rather a story about how Jordan forms a relationship with any man.

I found some of the dialogue to be a bit flowery, some scenes a bit disjointed, some events or reactions that seemed strange or unrealistic and there was definitely something weird going on with gay men coming out of the closet left, right and centre! I would also like to let Jordan know that talking about someone’s brothers’ living arrangement isn’t the best way to stall to make sex last! Distracting? Yes. But in a good way? No. 🙂

It may sound like I didn’t like this story much but I actually did find the second half enjoyable. The story is redeemed by men who aren’t afraid to show love and emotion, cute kid brothers (Bro is great!) and happy endings!

3 Stars

To find out more about Susan Laine and her books, visit her website.

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COPS by G.A. Hauser

 

COPSCOPS by G.A. Hauser

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Two of LAPD’s finest, Officer Jeff Chandler and his partner Mickey Stanton, have been together on duty for three years. When Mickey first met Jeff, a lateral transfer from Rain City- Seattle, he was crazy about him. When the men were assigned to a two-man patrol car, Jeff and Mickey’s attraction blossomed. And from then on, it was playtime!

On the street, Jeff and Mickey were tough and fearless, doing their job to protect and serve, but the testosterone charged pair were wild and out of control with their passion for each other. They loved doing risqué acts on duty and craved the adrenalin rush, until Jeff becomes burned out with patrol. His ambition is to rise up in the ranks. Soon the two men are at odds with what direction their careers should take, and Mickey resents Jeff for wanting to split up their team.

As friction begins to develop between them, they still have to continue battling the crime on LA’s streets. Between the raging fury and the sexual heat of their relationship, there is true love, and that love is put to the ultimate test, nearly ending in tragedy.

Top Men- Mickey and Jeff- The police officers you grew to love from GA’s Action! and Hero Series, back again to give fans a wild ride into the darkest secrets and desires of COPS.

So what did I think?

I first read about police officers Mickey and Jeff in Top Men, the third book of the Heroes series. I enjoyed that book but at the time made note that it was “Quite a good read but, dare I say it, maybe too much sex?! These guys are insatiable and like it violent and often!”

After three years together, these guys still like it rough and often. The police car is a favourite place for quickly getting each other off (and makes for a great cover!). But although it does have a lot of sex, this story focuses very much on the deep love Mickey and Jeff feel for one another.

They live together and work together, spending each day side-by-side in the squad car. They are able to watch over and protect one another. When it looks like their careers may be taking them in opposite directions and potentially splitting them up, things come to a head.

With sex, police action, shootings and a happy ending this was a fast paced and enjoyable read.

3.5 stars

4 Stars

If you haven’t read the Heroes series yet, I can recommended the first book Man To Man which is about lifeguards. I am now going to start on the Action series (there are overlapping characters between the series).

To find out more about G.A. Hauser and her books visit her website.

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