PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights and he doesn't trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.
Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn't stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn't just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach and deep into Jackson s troubled past.
Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden's name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they'll have to deal with their personal complications and an attraction that's spiraled out of control.
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Whew! Brave author!
Not many authors will touch the political downfall of a plot like this but I have to admit, my respect goes out to authors who write predominately romance but who can give you an actual story with a negative political view point and still reach those with positive views of the story.
My only complaint was wanting a bit more of the good guys stepping up and coming to the aide but I truly am happy I'm one of the fans that appreciate and love this beautiful tale of diamonds in the rough.
This story packs an emotional punch in regards to growing up in an area that is filled with those who are deemed less worthy, how easily that area can become corrupted, the love and strength of family, and what you would do to protect and help your family.
This is a story that will either have you saying Nay or Yay! Not too much of the in between but there was enough emotional depth between characters, engaging character developmemt, action, laughs, and corrupt intrigue to this mm romance that has it at the top of my list of favorites.
Fantastic writing, brave choice of topic, and Greg Tremblay was the epitome of perfection for this tale. My God, the man could have me in tears one second and laughing the next. He has truly become one of my top 5 narrators!
Fish should be scared of water!
I'd say high enough that it will be listened to again.
The gradual progression of Ellery and Jackson's relationship.
Tremblay throws himself into any story he tells. If a character is happy, sad or pissed off, you know immediately by the tones and inflections of his voice alone, before he reads the part of the story that would tell you what the character is feeling were you simply reading the book.
Ellery, hands down. If not for Ellery, Jackson would never have found his way to love. As hard as Jackson pushes him away, flat out tells him to go away, Ellery stands steadfast and unwavering.
What a rush this story was. The web of suspense, lies and corruption was so insane and the story so intense, it should come with blood pressure medication. And the way it ended definitely leads me to believe there will be more.
Lane put these two complete opposites together, trying to forge a relationship while pretending not to like each other while be forced to work together to save each other so, of course, they fall in love with each other. Said relationship was so intense and passionate. There is this one particular scene where Ellery tells Jackson, "you stay there and decide what you want while I go get what you need." and, oh goddamn, what ensues about five seconds later almost set my iPod on fire.
Worth a listen if you like stories about two men that decide plowing each other into oblivion, while trying to stay alive, would be so much more fun than trying to kill each other. Of the charts hot and so damn good!
- Tams (TTC Books and more)