Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Received From: NetGalley
Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.
For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.
Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.
SEXUALITY: homosexual, bisexual
TROPES: age gap, coworkers to lovers, workplace romance, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, broody hero, seasoned veteran x fresh faced rookie
TAGS: contemporary, adult, romance, queer romance, queer characters, suspense, thriller, HIV/AIDS, law enforcement
WARNINGS: drug usage/medication, violence, explicit violence, physical illness, mental illness, ableism, slurs, gendered slurs, hospitalization
While I enjoyed the first novel of this series, the second one is even better. I loved being able to see Andreas and Darren feeling so easy and secure in their relationship with each other, in spite of all the stressors that could very well tear them apart. They’re not only a great team at work, but their partnership in their private lives is stunning as well. It was so great to watch them be there for each other, no matter what, and back the other up with support or encouragement or tough love. Their love for each other is so clear in the way they interact with each other. A couple of my favorite moments were when Andreas was with his children (especially his 5 year old) and he turned to absolute mush. Both Darren and I fell even more in love with him.
I liked the plot of this one a lot better than the first one as well. While the concept of the first one was interesting–Andreas and Darren working to bring down corrupt government and law enforcement–the consequences of the heroes’ own actions weren’t handled as thoroughly as I’d hoped they would be. However, while we see some of the side effects of their overall investigation in the second book, regarding how people at work treat them, the novel focuses more on their personal lives, as well as a psychological mindfuck of a case that’s been handed down to them after they put the investigating detective in prison. The case is horrifyingly fascinating and it kept me flipping to the next page, wanting to know what monstrous thing was going to happen next.
Overall, this second installment was quite the enjoyable read and I look forward to the next of the series!
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
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Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.
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