Author: Darien Cox
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
When young attorney Brendan Burke opens his first law practice in a new city, he knows things are about to change in his life—though he never expected one of those things to be his sexual orientation. But when he meets Marcello, a sexy and mysterious stranger working at a restaurant in Providence’s Little Italy, he can’t fight his compulsion to pursue him. But while Marcello is willing to let Brendan into his bedroom, he’s stubbornly elusive about his past and his family. Fixated on discovering the truth, Brendan’s passion for Marcello turns out to be far more dangerous than he ever anticipated.
Okay, going into reading Criminal Pleasures by Darien Cox, I was not expecting much. I needed a book set in Rhode Island. This one fit the bill and looked moderately interesting. In the end, I really enjoyed the story. Cox has a clean, straightforward writing style and an interesting story-telling ability.
Mark and Brendan shouldn’t work. From the beginning, there is something very off about their relationship. Mark is hostile, and Brendan is straight… well sort of. It is one of those, well I thought about it in the past. The whole “gay for you” theme, while there, is very minor. Brendan embraces his need to have Mark regardless of the bits. And that is the end of that. It is brought up in passing a few times, but there is no angst surrounding “Oh no I couldn’t possibly be gay, could I?” The story was all about getting Mark and Brendan together.
They are magnets. Nothing seems to be able to keep them apart. An outsider might wonder why they would be together. The answer is they just can’t stay apart.
Though there are some extraordinary circumstances, the relationship itself had an organic feel to it. It isn’t perfect. Both parties mess up. They stay apart more than they are together sometimes. However, that pull always brings them back together.
There is a LOT of sex in this story. These guys find every possible excuse to go to bed with each other. While I did start to skim the scenes toward the end, in all honesty I didn’t really notice them all the much. I was too invested in the relationship to care.
The ending while satisfying, left some room to expand Mark and Brendan’s story. I am going to give Mr. Cox backlist a little look-see. Maybe I will find another treasure waiting for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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