Holding Out For a Fairy Tale by A.J. Thomas ~ Review by Caroline

Damn this was good!

21894467Title: Holding Out For a Fairy Tale

Author: A.J. Thomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Spin-off from A Casual Weekend Thing.

When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business. 

Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing person’s case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim’s dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he’s more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia’s disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray. As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.

My View

Remember Ray Delgado from A Casual Weekend Thing?

Well, he is back.  Still a hot cop and still confused by his sexuality.

Ray has stayed out of the family crime business. In fact he bucked the trend completely and went into law enforcement and is actually responsible for a lot his family being behind bars. His niece Sophia looked to be following in his footsteps but now she is missing from her University dorms. The one thing this means for both of them is danger. Rays cousin Alejandro is the biggest danger of them all.

When trying to get over the crush he had on his partner a few months ago he ran into the hot and delicious FBI agent Elliot Belkamp. The man has plagued his thoughts ever since in both good and bad ways. Imagine his surprise when he is searching Sophias dorm room and Elliot walks in and announces he is the agent in charge of the case. It is lust and hate at first sight.

I loved the dynamics between this pair.  Elliot is out and proud and looking for the fairy tale relationship.  He wants a man to come home to, cook for and share all aspects of his life. Ray is still loathed to even admit he is bisexual, too afraid of what his family will think of him for sleeping with another man. He will only be gay if he bottoms….right?

The pair agree to work together in the hunt for Sophia and soon discover she may well have left of her own accord and not be quite as innocent as first presumed.  The sexual tension between the two is off the scale and Elliot slowly comes to realise there is a lot more to Ray than first meets the eye.

With a war threatening between the crime families, millions of dollars in missing drug money, a leak at the FBI office and dead bodies appearing all over the city the race is on to try and solve the case. The longer they work together the more difficult things become.  Elliot begins to wonder whether fairy tales really exist whilst Ray finally comes to the conclusion that maybe he does deserve his happily ever after. Could a castle made out of pop tarts be the answer?

Buy Links:

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I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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2 thoughts on “Holding Out For a Fairy Tale by A.J. Thomas ~ Review by Caroline

  1. Thanks for this review! I didn’t realize it was related to A Casual Weekend Thing. I loved that book.

  2. I liked this book a lot, for the same reasons you did. That pop-tart castle was fantastic, wasn’t it?
    Thanks for the review!

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