Title: Risky Behavior
Series: Bad Behavior #1
Author: L.A. Witt & Cari Z.
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (May 1, 2017)
Length: Novel (309 Pages)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.
Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.
As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox—and borderline unethical—methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?
Product Link: https://riptidepublishing.com/titles/risky-behavior
Review: Wow, talk about a hard day’s work. Darren has finally made it to detective and already has run into a road block. Internal affairs wants dirt on his new partner. A partner that not only turns him the hell on but might also be a dirty cop.
Andreas is one hell of a good cop and tough to boot. He doesn’t put up with anyones shit, but he has a few secrets. He doesn’t play very good with anyone and is always running his new partner’s off, well maybe not this one. There was just something about the kid that might just change his attitude. Drugs, death, dirty cops, dirty politician’s and who knows what else is coming out of the woodwork with our guys.
The good parts of this story outweighs the bad. Although the author has used one piece in this story that is a deal breaker for me. I cannot stand a story, especially a love story that involves HIV. In many police forces it is definitely not allowed, and for these authors to have a detective with it, well no. As in my police force’s there is a mandatory physical that they go through over time and if this cop was HIV, the force would have known. His ass would have been either booted off the detective stage, and possibly the force. Also the way Darren is with the news, I am sorry but that doesn’t work either. I can see him staying with the guy but to be so flippy floopy with it, no. It places the others in danger, so I am sorry but this just brought the story down quite a bit.
As for the good parts, well let’s just say it is action pact and hot. I can’t say the guy on the cover was anything good and in fact was one of the worst covers I have come across. Now that being said it seemed to work for this type of story. The story itself has a dark tone to it and very little humor mixed in. It was not an over the top feeling though, but you can still feel it. The characters and the story were described to the tee and were pretty well developed.
Over all I would say the story has great potential and if it was not for the HIV part, I would have said at least a full point more. I enjoyed the story but am not really sure if it will keep my attention ready and willing for the next book. Guess we will wait and see on that.