Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.
Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.
Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.
Amy Lane takes a different turn with this novel in that the mystery is far more engaging than the romance. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the romance that was there. It isn’t an all-consuming love but it is built on respect and attraction. However the mystery is the real draw.
There is plenty of tension, both in and out of the bedroom. People die and people are hurt. There is a lot of racial commentary as well as commentary on the “goodness” of the police. It is not easy to read.
I liked both Ellery and Jackson. Jackson has had a difficult life but he is doing his best. He surrounds himself with his adopted family to protect himself. Ellery’s life has been difficult in a different way, with demanding parents and climbing his way up the ladder. I felt they fit well together.
There is some action and danger that kept the pace fast. You don’t know who to trust or who all are involved in the setup.
As a warning, very early on there is an on page MF sex scene that may bother some people. The beginning of the second chapter starts out “Oh…Oh my god! Yes!…” and boom! You’re in the middle of it. It’s not overly descriptive, but sufficient that it might ick some people out.
In short, a good novel which seems to be the start of a series as there are threads left dangling. I would be happy to continue reading.
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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