Compromised by Bailey Queen ~ Book Review by Caroline

28236100Title: Compromised

Author: Bailey Queen

Publisher: NineStar Press

Cover Artist: Aria Tan

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/11/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Murder in the country.

A one-night stand that refuses to end.

Ghosts from the past that return to haunt.

Special Agent Ben Diggs can’t stand what has become of his life, so much so that he hits the road one night, maybe to crash his bike, maybe to drive off into the night and never be heard from again. But he meets Tanner Bagley, a rancher from rural Pennsylvania in a hick dive bar, and sparks fly. For the first time since everything went to hell, he feels alive again.

Ben runs from his emotions as a rule, and he flees in the middle of the night, trudging back to his dreary life in Baltimore and his failing job as a FBI agent. But then his team is assigned to investigate a murder in that same backwater township in Pennsylvania where he met Tanner, and it’s a different set of sparks that fly when faces Tanner again.

As the bodies start to pile up, tensions flare, and Ben is stuck between teammates that question his every move and a devastatingly handsome rancher whose heart he bruised. The lies keep piling up, and Ben is forced to stake his career – and his very life – on the trembling hopes of his wounded heart.

Deep in the countryside, someone is hunting gay men in Middle Creek, Pennsylvania… Gay men all with ties to Special Agent Diggs’ one-night-stand…

My View:

I am having such a good run with new authors at the moment!

Special Agent Ben Diggs thought his job at the FBI would be his everything after having his heart broken whilst serving in the Navy. Instead his job has become everything he hates and he’s at the end of his tether. Jumping on his bike he just rides and rides until he ends up in a small town with an even smaller bar. The plan is simple – get so drunk that all his troubles fade away. His plans quickly change however when a hot cowboy walks through the door and looks set to end Ben’s current dry spell.

Picking up strangers in a bar is not how Tanner Bagley, a local rancher, usually operates but he’s had a bad day and needs to let off some steam. Steam is an understatement for the night this pair spend together but in the early hours Ben panics, quickly dresses and hotfoots it out of the motel and back to his abysmal life. He has no idea how much his actions hurt the man he just spent the night with but as he won’t ever see him again he doesn’t spend too much time dwelling on it.

Karma can be a bitch and oftentimes quite awkward. A murder in a small town sees Ben and his team being sent to investigate. Not only is it the same small town Ben just spent the night in, the crime looks to be a hate crime against a gay man, the dead man knew Tanner and Tanner now needs to be questioned – by Ben. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife when the pair get in the same room. Tanner is hurt and extremely pissed off and makes his feelings very obvious.

As the bodies pile up so does the tension. I had actually figured out who the murderer was very early on but it didn’t detract from the story at all as it really was all about Ben and Tanner. They get under each other’s skin, they offer promises of a future without using words and they fall pretty hard and fast. If cowboys, cops on bikes and a hurt/comfort storyline are your thing I think you will enjoy Compromised as much as I did.

Links

Compromised on Goodreads
NineStar Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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