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Publisher's Summary

When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.
Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing person's case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim's dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he's more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia's disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray. As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.
©2014 A. J. Thomas (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lulu Miami on 06-26-17

Cops and gangs

Would you listen to Holding Out for a Fairy Tale again? Why?

Honestly no. Yes he could differentiate between charaters which is always a good thing. But the choice of "voices" wasn't right for me. FBI guy sounded like a twink. Also on two occasions the narrator mixed dialogues. It's confusing if you didn't have the ebook to check what the heck is going. Pay attention Jeff.

What other book might you compare Holding Out for a Fairy Tale to and why?

The previous book. Though it was better than this one.

Did Jeff Gelder do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes he totally did. So many characters but you can tell who said what at all time. Though as I mentioned above there were some mishaps.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't believe anyone

Any additional comments?

I hope the next book is more about mystery and less about less and sex.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 07-09-15

Love the cover - everything else okay

From the blurb you see that both men are in a similar line of work. They hooked up once, but it didn’t take. Ray is a player and not interested in permanence – yet?

Most of the story revolves around a dizzying array of crime investigations ranging from a missing person to murder to crime families. This is really the meat of the story. There is some sexual tension, a bit of fulfillment, some “why am I so attracted to you when you’re so wrong for me” and at the end some “absolution”.

I never really bonded with either MC, though I did find the fight scene to be particularly hot. (Elliot taking a Judo class while Ray watched and wanted.)

I didn’t read book one, though I think this is a good stand-alone.

When I read the blurb I was thinking it was going to be a hot and heavy enemies to lovers – and it is – but the mystery/crime absolutely takes precedence.


Jeff Gelder is hit or miss for me. In this case he didn’t do the story any favors. Sometimes, the way his voice lilts at the end can be distracting. Like everything is kind of a question. He didn’t do a lot with the voices or the emotion, so it didn’t add too much to my overall impression of the story. I’d have loved some sexy accents and growly sex scenes, but it was pretty tame.

Overall, if you are interested in crime novels with a romance sub-plot this is your book. I think if you liked book one you’d find this as good.

The writing was good, the editing fine, just not my type of romance.

Love the cover though!

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