Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: A Rookie Move by Sam B. Morgan

a rookie moveTitle ~ A Rookie Move

Author ~ Sam B. Morgan

Publisher ~ Loose Id

Published ~ 15th October 2012 (Reissued January 2017)

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Fifteen years with the Los Angeles Police Department, Mike Graham is a seasoned cop and a damn good training officer. On the brutal streets of LA, he's witnessed every type of crime and taught countless rookies how to survive while they protect and serve. Nothing surprises him anymore. That is, until he meets Nathan York.
Nathan York shouldn't be a cop. With his Beverly Hills background and pretty boy good looks, he's fit for the land of movie stars and nose jobs. Too bad being LAPD is all he's ever wanted. No longer a rookie, he thinks he's ready for anything, even if the next challenge is working with his hard-assed yet magnetic ex-training officer.
Partners on the job, Mike and Nate both struggle with an attraction that has no place in their world. Their explosive chemistry reaches a point it cannot be ignored, but the same chemistry that consumes them could destroy the very thing that binds them together.

Publisher’s Note:This book was originally published by Loose Id and is being re-issued.


Debra’s Review

Mike Graham is a 15 year veteran of the LAPD. He is closeted at work and quietly lusting after his new trainee officer Nathan York. Nate is new to the force and appears to be quite different from his gruff partner Mike. Nate comes from a more upper class family and has a girlfriend that doesn’t appreciate him working as a cop, which is just apparently the latest problem in that relationship. After a quick introduction during Nate’s training, the story jumps into gear after Nate’s permanent assignment as partner to Mike. Mike is finding it harder to keep his mind off of his straight, young partner and he is concerned about what that will mean for them on the job. As Mike’s control over his feelings starts to slip, Nate begins to see things that make him think twice about Mike and the feelings he stirs up in Nate.

When things turn physical between them, the two are definitely hot together. Nate, who has never been with a man before, doesn’t really seem to struggle too much with his new found homosexuality but Mike struggles with it. In fact Mike is certain the whole thing is one big bad idea professionally and personally (except for the sex of course) wondering when Nate’s experiment will end. After all what would a hot young guy want with him. Mike tries to push Nate away, but then decides to roll with it as long as it lasts. Nate on the other hand is ready to go all in and change his stubborn partner’s attitude towards him.

Told in alternating points of view, I found it quite enjoyable being in Nate’s head when he decides he’s done being treated like a rookie, not just on the job, but in their personal lives too. Mike may be questioning Nate’s intentions, but Nate knows what he wants and is going to do what he has to in order to get Mike to listen. The sex scenes are hot and the men definitely have chemistry.

As far as the police story goes, there is no big mystery. These guys aren’t detectives; they are everyday patrol cops and there is plenty of police work going on. I enjoyed watching them work as a team on these everyday calls, with a cast of characters that provided both amusement, a hit of reality and danger. The little bit of time spent outside of work with some of the other cops provided some entertaining moments as well when the alcohol flows and walls begin to crack. I would have liked to know the men a little outside of their job. Mike tells a brief story about his father and there are several references made by Nate about his father and his family not being happy with his career choice, but nothing ever really comes of it.

There is a bit of miscommunication, some drama and a bit of on the job trouble that tests these guys on the way to their HEA. Overall an enjoyable story, especially for fans of hot cops and character driven romance that tests the MCs in a realistic way, but never gets too heavy.

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