Monday, May 1, 2017

Risky Behavior by Cari Z and L.A. Witt

Title: Risky Behavior
Author: Cari Z and L.A. Witt
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: Bad Behavior #1
Main Characters: Darren and Andreas
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Riptide
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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?

My Review:

Wow...that was a fantastic romantic suspense novel. I loved this story and devoured it in a single afternoon, because I simply couldn't put it down. 

Darren is a brand new detective after serving 6 years on the force, but he has a long history with the police dept and city government. His stepfather was the police commissioner until he retired a month before and his older brother, Asher, was a DA. There's a lot about his story that's really good. He's new and green, but he has great instincts and is really smart. 

There's a small side story with his older brother that broke my heart. Asher is only 33 and was a brilliant attorney who now is suffering from early-onset Alzheimers. It's why Darren's stepfather retired...to stay home to help take care of Asher, who's still incredibly intelligent, but losing his mind. Gah...that aspect of this story really tore me up. But I loved how close Asher and Darren remain. There are several really sweet scenes between them.

Andreas is the experienced, crusty detective that no one can work with...and he's also just been partnered up with Darren. Darren is tasked by Internal Affairs to keep an eye on his new partner because they know he's gone a bit off the reservation when it comes to following procedure. They also suspect that maybe he's doing some sort of drugs. Darren hates what they're asking him to do, but he's not in a position to tell them no. He's the new guy. 

And that's the setup for the story...but I liked that the subterfuge didn't last long. Darren is a good cop with good instincts and it doesn't take long for these two partners to work out that they really are going to have to work together in this job. There's too much at stake not to. And there is a lot at stake in this book. Andreas is in the middle of an investigation that is going south in a big way when the story begins...and no one knows who they can trust. 

I loved this first story. I liked the intrigue. I liked the full cast of characters. I liked how different Darren and Andreas are...this is a big-time May/Dec romance and I love that too. Like I already said, I couldn't put the book down, and I'm so excited that it looks like this is a start to a series. I can't wait for more to come...

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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