- File Size: 2090 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072JCV25Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This tale starts with a premise that made me think, 'all righty then, let's suspend disbelief and take a ride with these guys' and if you do that, it's not too unbelievable a tale. Out, loud and proud (but rather silly - he wears an I Would Bottom You So Hard t-shirt to a cop meeting??) author, Drew, whose muse no longer wants to talk to him, wins a ride in a cop car, which he hopes to use in a future novel. The cop he's assigned to, Joao/Josh, seems to hate him, but turns out to be closeted. Well, closeted-ish - but that wasn't the main focus of the tale.
So, once disbelief has been suspended, the tale works with Drew being open and propositioning Josh, once the latter opens up to him somewhat, and they fall into bed with each other. All seems well, but then Drew overhears Josh dissing him in front of his fellow cops and their relationship falters, falls off track, but eventually Josh comes through for his lover.
What I like about this is that Josh took on Drew's overprotective parents who'd blindly, it seemed, veered into unsupportive parents, taking Drew out of their house when they attempted to brush stuff under the carpet and not talk about it in front of strangers (Josh), and tried to run roughshod over Drew. He stood up for his lover, laid down boundaries and eventually, Drew's family came to appreciate his protectiveness of Drew. But, the family was prejudiced in more than a few ways, though through it all, they had Drew's happiness at heart. I didn't dislike them, but I didn't appreciate them treating him as a child and outing private stuff in front of his new lover, as well as talking about Josh as if he wasn't present. In the end, all worked out well.
Josh wasn't so much a closeted cop, but a closeted person - full stop - because when he'd outed himself, he lost his family. I find it hard in this day and age that someone outing himself as an adult, having enjoyed the love of his family into adulthood, could be so totally dropped by his parents - parents who might well have encountered prejudice themselves due to their mixed relationship.
The main focus of the tale for me, seemed to be Josh's broken down relationship with his fellow cops. He'd done the right thing and turned in his lover, a cop gone bad, and the rest had turned against him, bar one or two. Things came right - of sorts - at the end, but again, I found it a little hard to believe that senior cops would have condoned the others' behaviour towards Josh, would have colluded to keep the perpetrators free to continue their torment, and that IA wouldn't have been involved before this point.
Overall, there are some decent messages in this - doing the right thing when it might cost you more than you could imagine, simply because it is the right thing to do. Standing up for others, when you see they're not being treated right, and then being big enough to accept an admission of wrongdoing and an apology. Just ignore the sex talk, like, 'his cock felt as if it was being strangled', as it will make you LOL!
ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.
This is a lovely, fun story that I really enjoyed. While Drew and Josh’s relationship started out quite rocky I loved watching it flourish and grow as the story progressed. Both Drew and Josh have plenty of their own problems, but once they finally relax in each other’s company they become first friends and then so much more. I found this a real pleasure to read.
While their relationship is certainly front-and-center of the story, I also appreciated that the plot was not simply a quick and unimportant thing. Josh’s problems with his fellow police officers and Drew’s stress about his new book were both handled very well I thought – and weren’t simply an after-thought and shoved in idly at the start and end to make the book feel as though it had some semblance of a plot. I enjoyed how while yes, their relationship was the main thrust of the story, the two plots around each man were evenly and consistently brought up all through the story giving it the feel of a good flow and excellent pacing.
A fun and lighthearted story this has an excellent and thorough plot and a bunch of wonderful characters. Sexy and hot but equal parts interesting and intense, this is a great M/M that I feel many readers will totally enjoy.
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This was a “meh” read for me. Though I enjoyed the over all story-line I found myself skimming quite often to get to the “good parts.Read more
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