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ARC REVIEW: Reckless Behavior by L.A. Witt & Cari Z


35611965Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 1, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.

But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.

Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: bisexual, homosexual


TROPES: age gap, hurt/comfort, workplace romance, coworkers to lovers
TAGS: adult, contemporary, suspense, romance, queer romance, queer characters, queer authors, coming out, existing/established relationship, law enforcement
WARNINGS: explicit violence, kidnapping, physical illness (HIV), mental illness, physical injury, suicide, ableism, slurs, gendered slurs, corrupt law enforcement, police brutality


This book is by far the best, and most anxiety inducing, installment of the series!

I truly believe this series gets better with every book and that is largely due to the amazing cast of characters, especially the main couple, Darren and Andreas. It’s incredible to watch these two grow as partners, both at work and in their personal lives, and the ways in which they learn to trust in each other. Darren and Andreas lean on and support each other so much, and so well, that it’s almost hard to believe they’ve only been together a few months. At times, it can be difficult to buy into relationships that move so quickly, but I honestly and truly love them together and believe in their romance and partnership. And that is, perhaps, because of the ways in which the authors show these two intimately. By and large, there’s not a lot of sexual activity in the series, and there is zero in this installment, but we get to see Darren and Andreas intimate in other ways. They talk to each other, confide in the other and ask for help when they need it. They take care of each other and understand each other. They’ve got a connection that is obviously deeper than just sex.\

Also, the secondary characters are wonderful as well. My favorite is Paula, another detective, who routinely works with Darren and Andreas and is a wonderful friend and coworker for the two of them. I also love Andreas’ children–they’re always a joy to read about and I hope that Ben and Casey will be in the fourth book more so that I can get to know them better, like I know Erin and Emily.

Also, while I enjoyed reading the case from the second book because it was super intense, this one was on a whole different emotional level. As the blurb mentioned, three of Andreas’ four kids are kidnapped, and the absolute desperation with which he and Darren work to find them is palpable. It was especially difficult to read because of this, and also because of the emotional turmoil that continues to exist within Darren due to Asher’s rapid deterioration.

I can’t wait for the, hopefully, happier next book!



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 . . .

Connect with L.A.:

g3Cari 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, under the name Carizabeth.

Connect with Cari:


Riptide Publishing
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Book Depository


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