Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan

Title: Slow Burn
Author: Sam B. Morgan
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Brody and Zack
Release Date: January 2014
Publisher: Loose ID
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.

Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist…

My Review:
From the moment I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down. Brody is a homicide detective working on a serial killer case. He's chasing down a suspect when he blows out his knee... surgery, physical therapy, and desk duty are in his future and he is NOT happy about it. Taking the brunt of his unhappiness is his new PT, Zack. Luckily Zack is up to the challenge that Brody presents and begins to bully him right back. They both have one get him better. 

I liked the dichotomy in this book. Brody is this tough, staid cop who has some good bulk on his 6'2" frame. But Zack at 6'4" is more of a laidback, go with the flow, beach-bum kind of guy...BUT Zack is the one who takes charge in their relationship more times than not. Brody is so far into the closet, he simply doesn't have much experience and so Zack is taking the lead. I liked that especially when Brody would get brusque and abrasive....Zack didn't take it. He'd push right back. It really made this story work for me. Brody is so afraid of this type of relationship, but he can respect Zack in more than just sexual ways. Zack is his size and toughness as well as the fact that they are simply combustible sexually. 

And this book is really hot! There's a lot of sexual tension that builds up between the two so when it overflows....whoa! This is a book that will definitely leave you the very best way. But it truly is so much more than that. Brody is a man conflicted. He grew up in a world where being gay was not only wrong, but it was shameful and almost considered criminal. He doesn't know how to be gay so has just denied that part of himself...almost completely. Zack sees his struggle, but has had his heart shattered in this type of situation before. He really doesn't want to go there again.

I liked the way the resolution was done (no spoilers here). A lot of times in these types of conflicts it's hard to believe that the resolution will truly work out for the long-term. Brody's epiphany did not have that feel for me. I loved the way that it tied up both story lines in such an incredibly believable manner. It made me fall in love with him just a little bit more. 

And we have to talk about Brody's job a bit. He's after a serial killer. As a result, there's a bit of a suspense line going on here in the background. That was good. I'm a huge romantic suspense reader and LOVED the action and that entire side of the story. 

I'm excited. This was the first book I've read by this author and I immediately went and bought his other book. If it's as good, I think I have a new auto-buy author. I love it when I discover those!

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