Author: Lissa Kasey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
The cover for Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey is quite striking and I looked at it for a while before picking up the book as the author is new to me and all I can say is it was wonderful and unique, and I can’t wait for more.
Since the death of his brother Nathan Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life has been one long drag. He’s trying to keep Nathan’s PI business going but as he hasn’t got a license his relationship with the local law is complicated to say the least. Getting regularly arrested can make any relationship awkward. Their parents died when he was young while Nathan was in the marines so Nathan returned home to raise Ollie. PHI is all Ollie has left of the Nathan, and it’s the most important thing in Ollie’s life.
Ollie’s an unorthodox individual. With an androgynous frame, a pretty face and long hair Ollie wears whatever he wants, from short dresses and lacey panties, to hose and pretty sandals. To Ollie gender is fluid and just because he looks like a girl doesn’t mean he wants to be one, and he resents being treated as if he can’t handle himself. He had a tough time growing up because of his looks, but Nathan was always there for him never judging or criticizing his choices. With the money earned from a successful modelling career Ollie bought a house for him and Nathan to live in, and he signs the papers the day Nathan put a gun in his mouth. The house though means nothing to Ollie now, he just wants PHI, it keeps Nathan close by his side, like he’s not really gone.
Ollie worked with Nathan on the tech side of PHI before his death but without his own PI license he is stuck chasing cheating spouses and doing menial background checks. Life is hard, but after one arrest too many his friend Will, who was also a friend of Nathan’s, sends Kade Alme to Ollie to take up the proper PI work as he already has a license. Kade was Nathan’s best friend in the marines and he is now out of the service with limp to go with his bad memories. From the moment Kade and Ollie meet sparks fly. Kade just wants to help, but Ollie doesn’t want a babysitter. Kade wants more than just to help though, he wants Ollie too.
Kade moves into a spare room in the house and the two men start to live and work together. Their first case arrives in the shape of one of Ollie’s old childhood friends who’s a contestant on a big brother type reality sex show that’s suddenly plagued with accidents. As the bodies and the accidents begin to pileup it seems that no one on the show is safe.
I loved this story from the first page. Ollie is fabulous; he is sharp, funny and stubborn. A prickly defensive person he is both emotionally shuttered but outwardly very confident He’s smart as well, a tech genius able to crack almost any web site or program. His looks and demeanour make everyone think he can’t handle himself, but nothing is further from the truth. Ollie is very independent but Kade sees through Ollie from the very beginning and he’s stubborn enough to match Ollie and to hang on in until he gets what he wants. The two men balanced each other very well. All the characters are great and wonderfully written; along with Ollie and Kade we meet Will, Nathan’s friend and his wife Brittany. I loved Will, he is a cop and the poor man seems to spend half his working life getting Ollie out of trouble, which I thought was funny as no matter how hard Will tries to contain Ollie it never quite seems to work. There’s also Tomas a contestant on the show and the victim of one of the accidents, my heart ached for him and I loved how Ollie took his under his wing so to speak, and Ty, Ollie’s friend and lawyer who still holds a candle for him, they were all great characters.
The story is very plot driven with lots of twists and turns along the way, a real page turner that I just couldn’t put down. I never worked it out who the culprit was and the ending was a real surprise. Also the story is left with the opening for a sequel. I found this book a real gem, it was so much more than I expected it to be and I’m already anticipating the sequel. I hope it spawns a series that runs and runs. I think Ollie and Kade could handle the attention!
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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