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The Assignment [Kindle Edition]

Evangeline Anderson
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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Romantic Suspense

Series Note: The Assignment is the first in a series of adventures of Detectives Valenti and O'Brian. Their story begins with The Assignment, followed by I'll Be Hot for Christmas, Fireworks and then Heart and Soul. I'll Be Hot for Christmas and Fireworks are only available at Loose Id.

Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O’Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster and danger and saved each other’s asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti isn’t really sure. He only knows that he wants O’Brian in a way that had nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with possession. It is a desire he will have to hide forever because O’Brian is undeniably straight.

Just as Valenti is coming to grips with his new, unacceptable feelings for his partner their police Captain puts them on a new case that could blow Valenti’s cover once and for all. He and O’Brian are going undercover at the country’s largest and most infamous gay resort to bust a notorious drug lord and stop the shipments of poison cocaine that are flooding the gay bars all over the city.

Now Valenti will have to make a choice between friendship and desire. He and O’Brian will play the roles of gay men that will push the limits of their relationship to the breaking point. Will their time at the RamJack forge a new bond between them or destroy their partnership forever?

Product Details

  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (February 21, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040SXUV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book at least in part because of all the high-star reviews and yes, I'm gonna be the first low star giving some balance here. Where do I begin?

THE GOOD: the sex. This isn't the kind of book you read for the plot -- and boy does this sucker have holes in it you could drive a truck through. Putting two essentially straight guys in a situation where they are "forced" to be physically (read: sexually) affectionate with each other and causing them to discover a passionate 'beyond gender' love is about bringing on the happy gay sex and not much else. It does in fact lead to sex and the sex is hot times. The idea of the relationship and the few glimpses of them acting what constituted as normal for them was also fun, even if the characters themselves struck me as inconsistent.

THE BAD: not enough straight.

Let me clarify here; one of the things that really draws me to these types of stories is the conflict and the tension. A straight man developing sexual feelings toward his male best friend is a major life change, especially when both are involved in a traditionally homophobic career like the police force. In a light-hearted smut novel, chapters of conflicted and questioning self-identity aren't needed, but the tension is. I should have been desperately anticipating the eventual sex scene and cursing the "but I'm/he's straight" barrier that kept both of them back from that final plunge.

And I just couldn't.

The book suffered, mostly, from too much telling and not enough showing. Instead of "Suddenly Gay", to me this read like two closeted gay men discovering their sexuality with each other. Which is a good premise for a story too, just not what I think this one was going for.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, What A Story May 28, 2008
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Detectives Sean O'Brien and Nicholas Valenti have been partners and best friends for six years. They are total opposites in demeanour and looks - Valenti who is from a wealthy Italian family is tall, dark and repressed and O'Brien who is small statured, blond and good looking is very much the product of his outgoing, affectionate large Irish family. They have supported and depended on each other through Valenti's divorce and other disasters while on or off duty and each knows that the other would take a bullet for him in a heartbeat.

Their latest assignment is to go undercover at the RamJack, a gay resort, posing as two gay men to catch a drug kingpin who is flooding the gay bars in the city with poison cocaine. While at the resort Valenti would be the `sugar daddy' and O'Brien his `boy' a designation that Detective O'Brien abhors, and he complains bitterly that he is being type cast. Nick has his own reasons for not wanting the assignment. Lately he has been seeing his best friend in a totally different light and he is becoming strangely attracted to him in a sexual way and when Sean suffered a near-fatal injury in the line of duty several months ago he realized he was in love with him. Nick knows it will be extremely difficult to hide his feelings from Sean while they are undercover, sleeping in the same bedroom and pretending to everyone that they are a couple.

The assignment proves to be even more difficult than Nick anticipated as Sean proceeds to make his life miserable by touching him whenever possible in public and even in private under the guise of practising their role so that they would appear to be a genuine couple when they meet their 'host'.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Hot Detectives September 23, 2008
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Detectives Sean O'Brian and Nick Valenti have been partners for years. Affectionately dubbed "the Mick and the Spick" by their forward-thinking fellow officers, they are often teased for their close relationship. Just how close they are will be put to the test by a new assignment - undercover in a gay resort to catch a drug dealer. The only problem is that Valenti has been hiding a new desire for his friend, but he's sure O'Brian is straight. Isn't he?

This is a gay romance so it's no surprise that these two become a couple. And their assignment doesn't have much mystery either, though it is pivotal to the romance. What this novel does have is a fabulous dance between the two men. O'Brian really throws himself into the role of "boy toy" and Valenti convinces himself that Sean's just a good actor. Since the story is told from Valenti's point of view, the reader only sees Sean's actions through his partner's eyes. The men constantly misunderstand each other's intentions and the pent up sexual frustration becomes palpable. Yum! What made the situation especially page turning is that it's realistic. Generally, men do not communicate their feelings (about much of anything, let alone this) to each other the way women do (gay, straight, doesn't matter). The author builds the tension so well that when it finally breaks, the scene is explosive. The dance and the assignment reach their peak at the same time. And the explicit sex is very satisfying. The resolution to the case was predictable, but not in a bad way. They're after a drug dealer; in most mysteries the cops get their bad guy. Same here, readers just know who he is from the get go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining,fun read!
If this story took itself seriously, it would be an absorbing study of the maturation of a very long term relationship. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ERNEST E FLEGEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always kept me wanting more! !!
Published 7 months ago by lecocaro
1.0 out of 5 stars Barely readable
I only gave it one star since 'some' of the sex scenes were ok. The premise was barely believable. Authors Jason Lanyon, Bart Yates, Michael Thomas Ford, even Tere Michaels do much... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Twin Cities G
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect.
From the moment I began reading this book, I knew I'd love it. Partners for six years, Valenti and O'Brian are sent undercover to an all gay resort. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mason Lansing
3.0 out of 5 stars Two gorgeous men, lovely romance, but the assignment fell short
Sean O'Brien and Nicholas Valenti are detectives and partners sent on an assignment to a gay men's resort to uncover and arrest a drug dealer selling "poisoned" cocaine... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
THE ASSIGNMENT is a very good MM romance set in the 1980's with plenty of eroticism and a little bit of suspense. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Romance Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it's good...I think I was taking it a little too seriously and...
I'm not really sure how to rate this...maybe 3, maybe 3.5 There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that just irritated me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by cherryt3
5.0 out of 5 stars YUMMY
This is the first guyxguy erotica that I have read and I DO NOT regret my purchase one little bit. This is my VERY GUILTY read for those rainy days. :)
Published 22 months ago by SHERLOCKED
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One of the things I find ludicrous in m/m books so far is the mysterious appearance of lube when is most needed in situations where it doesn't... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jannet D. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved this book! I like the way the characters just never thought of another man as a love interest but in supporting each other it became about more than just bodies. Read more
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About the Author
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
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