Series: A Jeff Woods Mystery, #1
Author: Chris T. Kat
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts
Reviewer: GiGi & Thommie
Blurb: Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school—enough to take the threats seriously—the facts are few, and leads are sparse.
Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.
Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.
Gigi’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
This book will make you look at those living with special needs or caring for them in a new light. Life is hard enough, so imagine combining that with being a single, gay, caretaker for your disabled and misunderstood younger brother…life can be breathtaking and scary.
This story is about overcoming one’s own prejudices, taking down those walls protecting the heart, and allowing one’s self to become vulnerable and sacrifice for love and family. The author’s writing is powerful and I felt the sting in my own heart as I read on through the nail-biting plot. The whole range of emotions from humor, arousal, anger and hurt, to fear and fulfillment hit me while reading this highly recommended book! That, to me, shows the true skill of the author.
Thommie’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Now this was a book, which at first sight had me thinking I wouldn’t like it. The Homicide Detective Jeff Woods started his introduction in a not very appealing way for me, what with him being closeted, his preferences were butch/macho/buff men like himself and his counterpart was the not his type, who he didn’t want to hook up with at all, etc. etc. etc. However fairly quick in the introduction of the story it became apparent that it was an excellent one.
As I said, Jeff is closeted and adamant that he will not come out, especially in his line of job, for anyone. He doesn’t need the trouble that comes from homophobic colleagues and in the end there is no one in his life worth coming out for. Jeff has long stopped believing in that special someone with whom he’ll form that special relationship and those unicorns are right there side by side with love in the dream realm. He has no expectations for something like that, even if his house is starting to feel quite empty and his life quite hollow. But that’s how it is and that Friday night at the club, he’s not trying to find his better half, simply someone to get off with. So when tall, blonde and sexy Alex hits on him, Jeff still has no intention of even hooking up with Alex. He is so NOT his type at all. And Jeff has no intention of staying cuddled in bed after the deed either. He especially has no intention searching for him at the same club two weeks later. And definitely, he has no freaking intention falling in love with a guy who has the care of a child, a disabled one at that. Yeah, things didn’t really go as planned for Jeff.
And I think that this book was simply great. It had it all. Lovable characters, both Jeff and Alex were exiting, appealing, flawed, and real. I had a blast with Alex; he was quite funny despite his life or because of it. He was also extremely sexy and hot. His and Jeff’s encounters were sinful and sensual and aroused feelings from you that were from sweet to downright carnal. It was a great chemistry, a pair I loved reading about. Jeff was also the hilarious type making you smile even when you wanted to give him a good shake.
So all right, I had a thing with the insta-love again, especially since there wasn’t just the leap from single to a relationship, but from single to a family involved here. And there was the mystery part where it wasn’t such a mystery at all, but rather a matter of time till the detectives saw what was in front of their damn eyes, making me wonder what the hell were they waiting for and why couldn’t they see what I was seeing all along and getting me frustrated a bit there because I felt it dragged a bit too long. And really, the end was a bit too much; I mean come on, no matter how much of a lunatic that end was a bit stretched.
As for the story’s ending and the guy’s relationship, well I’m left with a “what the heck?” roaming my head. Is it just me or was that a tad abrupt?
But anyway, I loved the entirety of this book, it was funny, it was fast, it was a bit dramatic and emotional, it had a variety of things and evoked many emotions from the reader and I had fun reading it. I’m also very much interested in Parker’s relationship with David; I mean who can resist a “pup” right?
So totally recommended guys, it is a heck of a ride.