Friday, August 23, 2013

Hide Out by Katie Allen

Title:  Hide Out
Author: Katie Allen
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Private Dicks #2
Release Date: March 2012
Main Characters: Trevor and Pete
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Hide OutKatie AllenWhen Officer Peter Giordano is assigned to keep Trevor Haas safe until he can testify against his murderous father, he expects the hardest part of his job will be keeping his hands off the gorgeous witness. The two men hide out in the small, sleepy town of Honeysuckle, fixing up their dilapidated safe house by day...exploring each other's bodies by night.Their small-town neighbors have some secrets of their own, however, including one that someone is willing to kill to protect. Soon, a neighbor is dead and Pete and Trevor are thrown into the middle of a murder investigation. The two men struggle to keep Trevor's true identity a secret, knowing his father will stop at nothing to silence the star witness against him-even if that means killing his own son.Note: Pete and Trevor won't have to go it alone. Wash and Rhodes, the crush-worthy heroes from Private Dicks, are along for the ride once again.

My Review:
This book is absolutely one of my favorite m/m books I've read this year. Trevor and Pete's story was just perfect. I loved every single moment of reading it. It was sweet. It was romantic. It was funny. It was suspense filled. There was a moment that brought me to tears and many more that had me giggling. Honestly. I just loved this story (to explain just how much...the moment I finished it, I got online to order a print copy for my keeper shelf).

We met Trevor in book #1 in this series, Private Dicks (unfortunate title for a really great book), and I fell in love with him then. He's just one of those characters that you can't help but love. It was obvious in book #1 that he was hiding something about his history, but that wasn't ever revealed in that book. Well, it's quickly revealed in this one. Trevor's father is a really bad man and Trevor witnessed him murder someone and can put him behind bars. But the police haven't kept him safe and Trevor has no urge to become dead so he's been on the run...from both dad and the police who want him to testify. When he goes to work for Wash and Rhodes (heroes from book #1), the police catch up with him, which means going back into protective custody for 7 months until the trial. 

Pete is a cop...a cop who's just been outed. His commander knows that he's a good cop in a bad situation so feels that 7 months babysitting would be good for him. A week before all this happened, Pete bought a house that's a good fixer-upper in the tiny town of Honeysuckle. He thinks this will be the perfect place to hide out with Trevor. Their cover is they are lovers who are fixing up the house to flip it and he plans to do just that...spend the next seven months fixing up the house. Neither man realizes the other is gay at first, but it's hard to hide that when living in close quarters 24 hours a day like these two are and 'pretending' to be gay. *sigh*...a perfect set-up.

About a week into their adventure, someone in the neighborhood is viciously murdered and Wash & Rhodes show up for their vacation.

Honestly, I loved everything about this book. I loved the mental pics of these guys getting all hot and sweaty working on the house (they are the neighborhood eye-candy). The mystery of the dead neighbor was great and I loved the addition of Wash & Rhodes to the story. BUT above all else, I truly loved the characters of Pete and Trevor. They were both so sweet in their feelings and worries and the fact that neither one wanted to jump the gun about where their relationship was going. They had several moments where things were said that weren't really meant, but I loved the way that the author wouldn't string that out for conflict. These guys talk about their emotions and their confusion and don't want to hurt one another. I loved the way that Katie Allen wrote that part of their relationship. There's a lot of honesty between the two guys, even when it's uncomfortable and that made their relationship so much more believable. 

I loved this book. I highly recommend it and the first in the series, Private Dicks. You absolutely can read them separately, but they are both really excellent and entertaining books. I think if you read one, you will definitely want to read the other. 

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