Author: Piper Doone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/25/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
Jonah Landers’s promotion to detective isn’t going so well. His first undercover operation is a disaster thanks to Rafael Santos, a Cuban-American detective so far undercover, no one on Rafael’s Miami-based squad even had a clue he’d already infiltrated the prostitution ring Jonah was targeting. Two years and an insane twist of fate later, Jonah finds himself transferred from Orlando and partnered up with Rafael in Miami—and their rocky beginning doesn’t get any better.
For the sake of their careers and because he realizes he’s falling for Rafael, Jonah makes every attempt to smooth things over and move on with his love life. He turns his attention to A.J. Choya, a Seminole Indian who runs the tech department. But there’s no spark between them, and Jonah has to admit his feelings for Rafael aren’t going away.
When a new case falls into Rafael’s and Jonah’s laps, they must go undercover again and become intimate in a way that forces them to confront their feelings for each other—no matter the consequences.
The blurb to Forced Impressions had me excited but the story itself left me frustrated.
Jonah Lander is a newly promoted detective on his first undercover bust when it all goes wrong. A vital piece of information was missing from the raid and although not his fault two years later he is pleased to be leaving Orlando and heading to Miami for a new start. His new start partners him up with the mistake from two years ago and doesn’t go down well.
Rafael Santos was a bit of an enigma throughout the story and I never really felt that I got to know him beyond the surface. He’s a brilliant detective and garners a lot of respect from his team but nobody really wants to work with him. He’s permanently grumpy and shares nothing of his personal life, he’s also made it his life’s mission to give his new partner Jonah a hard time at every turn.
It was clear from the beginning that these two men were the main characters but it was nearly eighty percent into the book before anything happened between them and by then my interest in them working it out was waning. For most of the book Jonah is dating another man whilst spending all his time thinking about Rafael and I came away from it all feeling sorry for AJ who for the most part was used as a distraction. Add that to the huge info dump of police procedures and Rafael and Jonah’s relationship got buried. They did finally sort themselves out in the end but it was too little too late 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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