Kansas City Heat Series by Jenna Byrnes ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Kansas-City-Heat Title: Kansas City Heat Series

Author: Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Dixon’s Duty

A serial rapist and murderer on the loose. Will Kansas City’s finest solve the case before the madman strikes again?
Detective James Dixon is determined to track down the most recent serial killer terrorising the people of Kansas City. The chase leads him to the Last Chance Bar and Grille, where he meets and immediately falls for the sexy owner, Bryan Scott. But things at the bar aren’t exactly as they seem.

No one there remembers seeing the latest victim the night before she was brutally murdered. So why do the clues keep pointing back to the Last Chance? When the attacks strike close to home, Dix and Bryan must work together to save the next victim and whatever chance they have for happiness.

Peyton’s Pursuit

A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?
Detective Nick Peyton lands a homicide case involving stolen property. He finds himself with the tedious task of visiting pawn shops, showing photos of jewellery and other missing items. When he meets store owner Rob Hewlett, Nick suddenly feels like this is the best job he’s ever had.

Nick and Rob share an immediate attraction and act on it without much thought. With his mind on other things, Nick exchanges only the most basic information with the hot stud who has captivated his heart and soul. He soon comes to realise how little they know about each other and that, sometimes, secrets can be deadly.

Cameron’s Code

Interstate transportation of stolen property calls for FBI intervention. Can the KCPD detective and the bureau agent break up the crime ring before anyone else is killed?

Detective Dean Cameron with the KCPD Property Crimes Department is investigating a rash of local business thefts. When the cases cross state lines, the FBI is brought into action. Dean welcomes sexy agent Matt Anderson’s help on the job, and before he’s decided if it’s a good idea, they wind up in bed. Sharing a desire that’s too hard to resist, the men fall into an intense physical relationship that both of them know can never last.

Impossible Relationships. Matt’s life is in Chicago and Dean’s in Kansas City. Neither of them wants a long distance love affair, but Dean can’t imagine not pursuing one. He’s head over heels, but Matt isn’t quite as convinced. When their most recent case takes a turn toward the deadly, what they want doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Racing against the clock, Dean is desperate to save Matt and see what can be salvaged of their relationship.

Taylor’s Task

A rapist changes his targets from hookers to reputable women. Can frightened townspeople rely on the KCPD to solve the crimes?

Detective Jeff Taylor of the KCPD Vice Squad is determined to nab the latest serial rapist preying on the city. As the violence escalates, murmurs of negligence plague the force. Tired of the accusations against the police, Jeff ramps up the investigation. With the members of the local neighborhood watch breathing down his neck, he and the Vice Squad are in a race to apprehend the suspect before anyone else is injured.

Reese Iverson owns the Cock and Bull British Pub, located in direct proximity to where the violence is occurring. Along with matching the reward money, he takes an active role in the neighbourhood group. He also has his eye on Jeff, and his interest there is more than professional. Can they work together to solve the case or will their different methods drive them apart?

Brandilyn’s View:

I realized one day that 95% of what I read comes from one publisher, so I have been trying to branch out a bit. When Cameron’s Code and Taylor’s Task both came up in the Totally Bound review list for October, I was intrigued and decided to give the series a shot. Yeah, I admit it; I have a thing for hot cops and police procedurals.

There are currently four stories in the Kansas City Heat series, though I suspect there are more coming if the name dropping of gay cops in the precinct is any indication. There is nothing wrong with this series, and I suspect it will be popular with people for a number of reasons. First of all is, of course, the HAWT sex scenes. In each story, the couple falls into bed together pretty readily. They aren’t ever in it for more than a night or two, but in each case one night becomes two; two becomes three… Each night they are together is “full” of hot sex after hot encounter after hot encounter. It only takes one night for fucking to become “making love.” Secondly, these are quick and easy reads. These aren’t angst-fests. They are comfort-reads. Yes, there is a bit of the predictable tension, but they all resolve readily into nice little Happily Ever After bows.

For me, the dialogue and prose both left much to be desired. I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not when the two MCs were conversing. I found the prose and situations to be pretty simplistic, and the characters were fairly one dimensional.

Here is a snippet from Dixon’s Duty that illustrates just a little of the dialogue:

Bryan jutted his ass backwards a couple of times. “Don’t even joke about that. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. Fuck me, baby, and fuck me good.”
“Don’t need to ask me twice.” He removed his hand and greased the condom covering his shaft. “Here we go. Ready or not.”
“Ready,” Bryan groaned, one fist pounding the wall. “So ready.”
Dix inched his cock forward until he was balls-deep. He sighed for a moment at the glorious tightness, then drew out slowly and began the thrusting rhythm he knew they both loved.
“Good. Yes, that’s it.”
“You’re good,” Dix muttered through gritted teeth. “I could fuck you forever.”
“Gonna hold you to that. Grab my cock and jerk me off. Won’t take much.”
Dix rested his forehead against one of Bryan’s shoulder blades. He curled his fingers around the full, throbbing shaft and for a moment, he wished he could see it…taste it. But he was more than satisfied with his current position. Tightening his grasp, he thrust and tugged in motion with his fucking.
“Damn, yeah. Oh, God. Told you it wouldn’t take much.”
“Shame to waste that sweet cum, but you’re gonna have to spray the wall this time, lover. Wouldn’t miss this fuck for the world.”
“Come on, then. Do it like you mean it!”

Sadly that is one the of less eye-rolling moments, for me. I know some readers, however love that kind of talk. It reads much like porn, so it just doesn’t feel real to me. It doesn’t help me see the connection between the MCs and doesn’t help me connect with them, either.

The four books in the series, so far, are Dixon’s Duty, Peyton’s Pursuit, Cameron’s Code, and Taylor’s Task. Each involves a Hot Cop investigating a crime. He takes up with someone close to the case. The case threatens to tear them apart, but in the end they make it work. As I am fond of saying, take these stories for what they are: hot fun with a hot cop and a little mystery on the side. Don’t go into them thinking they are the Next Great American Novel, and you will be able to enjoy them for what they are, a good diversion.

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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