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Title: Skip Trace (Chaos Station #3)
Author: Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Book three of Chaos Station
Zander Anatolius has been revived from the fatal effects of the super-soldier program, but now he has to face his estranged family and tell a story few would believe. With his lover and the crew of the Chaos at his side, Zander returns home to a media frenzy, threats from the military and pressure to join the family business.
Felix Ingesson still struggles with the horror of believing Zander dead. And no matter how strong their emotional connection is, Felix feels out of place in the glittery world of Zander’s rich family. His lover would be better off without a broken, low-class ship’s engineer holding him back.
When the crew receives word that another of Zander’s former teammates needs rescue, Felix travels with the Chaos…setting Zander free. But when Zander is arrested for treason, the men realize they need each other as much as ever—not only to survive, but to make their lives worth living.
Jenn’s Favourite Gay Couples
My favourite gay couples have stories that have sucked me in and insisted that I re-read them. I love series that focus on one couple and how their relationship develops from book-to-book. Also, reviewing my top five, I clearly have a law enforcement fetish.
There are worse things…right?
Jared “Mac” MacLean and Tony Hart (Life Lessons, Kaje Harper)
Mac, a closeted, single-dad homicide detective, meets Tony, an out-and-proud high school teacher, when he’s called to investigate a murder at the high school. Mac isn’t coming out of the closet because he needs the help of his conservative relatives to take care of his young daughter while he’s working, but he finds himself drawn more and more to Tony.
I love how Mac and Tony are opposites but not unequal. Tony never feels lesser, and Mac never treats him that way, either. Later in the series when the kids factor in, it’s obvious that Mac and Tony are partners in every way. It’s a very satisfying, deep relationship.
Sam Kage and Jory Harcourt (A Matter of Time, Mary Calmes)
With each book in the A Matter of Time series, you get a fantasy where the cops are uber-alpha and Jory is…well, Jory. Unique, beautiful, and smart…in his own way. When the series starts, Sam is a police vice detective who is loud, rough, and pretty crude—and slammed sideways by his sudden and inexplicable attraction to this kid running from a murder. Sam doesn’t really handle this twist to his identity well. In fact, it takes about three books for him to really come to terms with the fact that he is in love with a guy. He’s flawed, so flawed, but Jory is too—flighty, hardheaded, and slow to forgive.
How they both develop over the course of the series is just amazing. One of the things I love most is that although it’s clear that Sam finds Jory incredibly exasperating at times, it never affects the way he loves him.
Everything in this series—and everything with Sam and Jory—is over-the-top, but it just works for me. There’s something really comforting about these guys and even after reading the series three times, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. Might have to go for a fourth reading…
Dex Daley and Sloane Brodie (THIRDS, Charlie Cochet)
In the THIRDS world, there are Humans and shifters called Therians. Dexter Daley is a cop on the Human police force who’s “encouraged” to leave after testifying against his former partner. He joins the THIRDS, the Therian police force, and gets partnered with Sloane Brodie, the leader of team Destructive Delta.
At first, I thought Dex was going to be a loveable idiot. He kind of acts like one to start—but it becomes clear quickly that at least part of the happy-go-lucky guy he shows to the world is an act. Dex is a good cop, smart as hell, and the perfect partner for brooding Sloane. This is a great example of a night-and-day partnership and I can’t wait to see where Charlie Cochet takes them. (It better be a happy place, I’m just sayin’.)
Ty Grady and Zane Garrett (Cut & Run, Abigail Roux)
Ty and Zane are FBI agents thrown together to investigate a serial killer in NYC. To start, Ty is the loose cannon and Zane is strait-laced—but that dynamic quickly changes as it becomes clear both of them are incredibly messed-up men. Zane’s an addict and Ty’s a little crazy, but somehow they fit.
Ty and Zane were my first introduction to the m/m romance genre, so of course they have to be mentioned in this list. Their story is just so enthralling—how it develops so slowly over multiple books, with layers being added and then stripped away. The development of their relationship—from an almost grudging thing to absolute devotion—is incredible and very satisfying.
Bo Schollenberger and Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter (Diversion, Eden Winters)
Lucky Lucklighter is a thief who’s serving out his sentence by working for the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau, flushing out criminals involved in pharmaceutical drug crimes. He’s almost done his time—only a few months to go—when he’s saddled with training his replacement. Bo Schollenberger is an ex-Marine suffering from PTSD and a pill addict. Like Lucky, he’s serving out a sentence of sorts—if he works for the SNB, he’ll get his pharmacist license reinstated. Even though Lucky is a complete asshole, he and Bo click together.
The Diversion series by Eden Winters is a new discovery of mine. I absolutely loved the interesting and fresh take on law enforcement in this book, but the characters. I adored them. Told entirely from Lucky’s point of view—and what an interesting point of view it is—you never get to see inside Bo’s head. Which is probably a good thing, considering his long undercover stint later in the series that leads to a little confusion on his part of who he is. Over the course of the series, Lucky starts to open up, as does Bo, and their partnership and relationship is just awesome.
So those are my favourite couples. Did you catch my writing partner, Kelly Jensen’s, favourites yesterday at Joyfully Jay? And who are your favourite couples?
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About the Author
Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.
The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.
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