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Title: Undercover Addiction
Author: Haley B James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed Undercover Addiction. You can find the review here.
Working Vice for the Seattle PD, Connor Bishop’s favorite part of the job is going undercover. His current assignment is to get close to Riley Drapeau, a human trafficker backed into a corner by the FBI and turned informant. Connor needs to milk him for information on his organization, but while doing so, sees an entirely different Riley than he expected.
Caught off balance, Connor relies heavily on Lucas, his outside man and only link to the real world, but he gets sucked in by Riley and his attempt to clear his name and prove his partners fabricated evidence to frame him.
Up to his eyeballs in the dark world of trafficking, Connor finds it easier to believe Riley than what the FBI is saying, especially when a leak is uncovered within the Bureau. The choices Connor has to make become even more difficult when Lucas admits he has feelings for him and promises a safe life far from harm. But Connor can’t deny the only man he wants to be with is Riley. Which forces him to decide if his addiction to the dangerous side of life can include loving a criminal.
We are here today to talk about Undercover Addiction. What can you tell us about it?
Undercover Addiction is a part of the Secret Sin series. Connor is a Seattle vice detective working with the FBI to arrest human traffickers, and Riley is his reluctant criminal informant. The novel includes two characters from the first book and a time gap. The two are largely unrelated, but share a common theme of love between a law enforcement agent and a criminal.
Tell us more about Connor and Riley?
Connor Bishop is a vice detective with the Seattle PD. He enjoys his undercover assignments to the point of believing life outside of his cover role is boring. He doesn’t enjoy life on the wrong side of the law, but the thrill from assignments is like his drug.
Riley Drapeau is a human trafficker cornered by the FBI. Riley has multiple layers and masks he wears for different people and situations. Connor believes the Riley he knows in private is the true Riley, but Connor has no way of knowing for sure.
What about Undercover Addiction makes you the most proud?
My ability to tell a story has improved during the four years it took me to write a sequel to the first novel. I think the characters themselves are also more rounded this time. I’ve matured as well so some mistakes I would make constantly in my earlier writing days are now gone. I’ll still improve but for now, I’m very proud of the way this story came out.
Do you have inspiration images for Connor and Riley?
I actually don’t—which is weird for me. Normally I have at least one headshot for each character, but this time I couldn’t find the perfect male image to convey how the two look in my head. However, I blame Connor’s scruff on Tyler Hoechlin.
Anything else you want to tell us about Undercover Addiction?
There’s no need to read this series in order. And if you have read Undercover Sins, the on page violence and dubious consent that most readers remember from Sins are not in Undercover Addiction. Connor, unlike Ty, only has sex with one guy.
What else do you have planned for the Secret Sin world?
I have a rough idea for a third book that would include a broader role for the two main characters from Undercover Sins, and expand on what happened to Connor and Riley after Undercover Addiction. If I can make the idea work, I’ll try to get it out before four years.
Now that there are so many books being released in the genre, what can a new writer do to stand out from the crowd and produce something fresh?
When I pick up a new book, I search for excitement or unusual characters in the genre I prefer. Tropes are loved and can usually work, but sometimes you want to read a tired trope turned on its head—like a bookworm being an action hero.
Rapid Fire time:
- Salty or Sugary? Both together!
- Music or TV/Movies? Depends on what I’m doing. I write with music and relax with anime or movies.
- Coke or Pepsi? Dr. Pepper.
- Tea of Coffee? Coffee preferred but I love both.
- Any Tattoos or piercings? Two holes in each ear.
- Australia or England? I haven’t visited either, but England is first on my vacation list.
- Morning or night? Night!
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m taking a semi-break to finish a college degree before credits expire, but I’m still chipping away on a rewrite of a fantasy series I wrote five years (or more) ago. Although, I’m not sure if I’ll finish that one before I finish the third book for ABQ Heat series. I have that one planned before the end of 2015.
Connor’s eyes had adjusted to the lighting. There wasn’t enough to make out many details, but he could see Riley’s lips pulled up into a relaxed smile. Connor put his hand over Riley’s on the back of the couch and smoothed his touch up Riley’s arm to the collar of his white shirt.
Riley was a monster. He admitted to viewing humans as things to be bought, sold, and used. His soul was blackened by the cruelty he believed to be normal. Connor knew it was in his best interest to keep his distance, but he couldn’t fight the urge to touch the darkness Riley harbored.
Curling his fingers around the expensive fabric, Connor forced Riley to bend down. He found Riley’s mouth and kissed him. The initial slight resistance immediately vanished. Riley held the back of Connor’s head and leaned into the embrace.
Desire raced through Connor. It was different from the times before. Connor knew what Riley was now, and being far from help placed him at Riley’s mercy. Sex shouldn’t have been on his mind, and Connor knew he knew better, but the thrill of playing with danger mixed with his lust and created an undeniable thirst.
Riley climbed over the back of the couch and straddled Connor, without parting too far from his lips. Connor moved with him, reclining when Riley pressed him down. Riley slipped his hand beneath Connor’s shirt and up his chest and used his other hand to thumb open his jeans.
“I want you,” Riley whispered against his neck.
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