Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on April 29, 2017
Source: Free Book
My eye was on this series since Risky Behavior was a new release, but just couldn’t fit it in at the time. I wanted to read some books for Pride month and this one has a bi-sexual hero so it was a perfect choice. I enjoy books and series by both authors, I love detective teams as romantic partners, and cap that off with an exciting suspense element? Not a hard sell at all.
Risky Behavior opens with Detective Andreas Ruffner getting assigned a new rookie detective partner. His loose cannon ways, nasty demeanor and unwillingness to be a team player make it easy to go through partners quickly. He was hoping for a bit of time between the assignment of the next one to get work done on a huge case that goes too high in the city power levels for him to do anything, but work the case solo and hope for the best. So, he’ll just have to get rid of the latest squeaky clean cop in Internal Affairs’ pocket and get back on his case. Only, this one won’t be shaken off and Andreas is having decided unprofessional thoughts about his new partner.
Darren Corliss already knew being partnered with Andreas Ruffner was going to be no picnic and IA is pressuring him to spy on his partner with the rep of being a dirty cop. He spots something he should turn in every time he turns around, but, he doesn’t. Something makes him take a wait and see. Andreas is working on something big and its obvious he needs a partner at his back. Soon after, he learns just why Andreas is suspicious, has to step outside procedures, and is reluctant to trust. This is not just a big and ugly case investigating a drug organization, but informants and witnesses are getting dead, someone on the inside is part of it and someone at high levels is orchestrating it. He and Andreas either take it all down or become two more of the victims. Darren goes from wanting to throttle him to inviting Andreas over to hide out- in his bed.
There’s just something about a pair of opposites especially when they are police detectives on a case that I adore. There are so many fab examples out there and I’ve watched the shows and read the series for quite a few, but it just never gets old. Andreas is the cranky, maverick cop who cuts corners, but has a strong sense of justice while Darren is a cop’s son, squeaky clean record and just wanting to prove himself. They antagonize each other and have a few false starts on the partnership, but then it starts to jive on the job even as the attraction gets more than tempting.
They take turns narrating alternate chapters so it was great having both Darren and Andreas’ perspective. Their romance is slow burn and this particular book in the series leans harder on the case. This worked for me and I was content to see the focus go from nearly full suspense to more and more romance. I could tell that the author’s knew they had more than one book to develop matters and they were not rushing things, but adding in some deeper background with their personal lives and giving their professional lives a good showing. But, lest you think that there is no hot sexy action, never fear. This pair might have their issues and their stops and starts, but the universe smiles and they get to fling the clothes about and have some bedroom antics.
I won’t spoiler Andreas’ secret, but I thought it was great that the author’ went there with his character and took a well-informed position on it, too. They also made Andreas middle aged and bi with some adult children just barely younger than Darren. The age gap isn’t an issue as of yet.
The suspense element was exciting and led to some tension-wrought moments and a big climax action scene. This is one where the bad guys are not the big reveal and the conflict is how to get the evidence to bring them down because they have a lot of power.
All in all, this was as abso-fab as I was expecting and I look forward to more time with Andreas and Darrel in the rest of the series. Those who enjoy cop suspense and m/m romance, this one’s for you.
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