Review: Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted November 14, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 2 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield
Grime and Punishment

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Loose-ID
Released on May 13, 2013
Pages: 166
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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We all know there are jobs out there where its one of those things of ‘somebody has to do it and it might as well be me and I might as well get paid well for mucking about in nasty stuff’. Crime scene clean up and bio hazard waste disposal is that ‘mmm just so lovely’ job in this book. It was such a different sort of backdrop and career for the hero that I just couldn’t pass it up and plus plus I like the author’s writing.

The story opens when Jack one of the owners of the business starts his day to find one of his employees in his kitchen making him coffee and leaving him a cat to cat sit for a few days. Life hasn’t been good to Jack and he can’t even handle the thought of a relationship let alone caring for an animal. He had a near death experience as a firefighter that several surgeries later has left him still broken up and in pain with his career ruined and then there was that incident back in high school that still haunts him. But his day takes a turn for the worse when he gets a call from his ‘friends with bennies’ cop friend who calls him about a crime scene that he needs to know about. A guy from high school days has committed suicide. Everyone warns him not to go out on this job, but to let someone else. Jack needs to be there and he can’t even work it out for himself exactly why that is. It appears that someone else needs to be there and Jack meets Nick’s cousin Ryan who needs to be there closing things up too.

The plot on this one was an interesting piece of character development and relationship development. Jack has physical injuries that sideline him many times, but it is the scars from that incident in high school that he really needs to heal from. I enjoyed following that path of healing and the beginnings of something with Jack and Ryan. Things are complicated by well meaning friends and an undefined relationship. I love the addition of Tasha the cat and Skippy one of Jack’s workers. If ever a guy was misnamed, it’s the huge mob enforcer looking Skippy.

All in all this was an enjoyable read that offered a great story line and a blazing hot couple that m/m contemporary romance fans might want to give a try.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Review by Sophia Rose

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sharonda Lowman
8 years ago

I’ve read one m/m romance in my lifetime & it was PNR too, but it was good. One of these days, I’m going to have to read another book in this genre.

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

There certainly are some good ones out there. ZAM is one of the best authors though this particular one wasn’t my favorite. If you like Romantic Suspense and great characters, Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series is awesome. People who don’t normally get into m/m love her stuff.