Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hostile Ground by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Title: Hostile Ground 
Author: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: -
Main Characters: Mahir and Ridley
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club's security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave. To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires-including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he's a cop-and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there's much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
My Review:
I do love my m/m men with a romantic suspense twist and this one was a very good example as to why. Mahir is a Seattle cop. He's gone in undercover to a club where the cops keep ending up dead...good cops with families. Since Mahir is a single, gay guy (the gay part is a requirement of the job) he volunteers. He'd rather do that than have to watch another grieving family at a funeral, but he's well aware that the odds aren't with him to come out of this alive. 

When he arrives, he meets his boss, Ridley, who's the head of security for the club. Because this is a club that runs prostitution, the owner has decided that the way to keep his girls fresh as product is to hire only gay men. Ridley is in charge of testing and making sure that all the security meets those requirements. So, from the very start, things are pretty explosive between Mahir and and heavy sexy with a very real edge of danger and adrenaline is an explosive mix. And I did like these two together. The entire book is told from Mahir's pov, but you can see that Ridley is just as affected at moments as Mahir is, no matter how dangerous that is for both of them. 

To complicate things in Mahir's life is the arrival of his 17 yo gay nephew who is looking for someone to help and understand him when his father completely shuts down his confession of being gay. For Mahir's older brother, this isn't even an option and is something that he's never been able to forgive Mahir for, much less his son. So Mahir can't turn him away, but this is the absolute worst time for him to have to care for a 17 yo because his life has just gotten extremely dangerous to be around. 

The book is high-adrenaline, high-action, high-sexy. From start to finish, I had no idea how Mahir was going to come out of this with both his heart and body intact. There were several different twists and turns and some at the end that I just didn't see coming. It was a great read and I absolutely didn't want to put it down once I got into it. 

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

1 comment:

creativedeeds said...

Yeah, I knew you'd like it. Great review. ;)