Authors ~ L.A. Witt and Cari Z
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 1st May 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.
Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.
As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox—and borderline unethical—methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?
Andreas objects to being saddled with a rookie; albeit a good man and newly minted detective. He intended to annoy the bastard until he requested reassignment. The chief kept assigning him babysitters because Internal Affairs believed Andreas was a dirty, pill popping police officer. Andreas is rough around the edges - a tough straight talking, no frills man - with a reputation for being an asshole.
Darren is clean cut, athletic and from a family with excellent justice system pedigree – but he has some family issues that are difficult.
Andreas is in the middle of investigating a narcotics ring and hardly trusts anyone with the information he’s gathered. It could shatter the foundation of the city justice system. Darren has a hell of a job on his hands getting Andreas to trust him enough to let him share the man’s secrets. And secrets there are a-plenty.
Wow, what a story. Risky Behavior is well titled. Playing by the rulebook hasn’t worked, so Andreas has had to run close to the wire – and that rubs up many people the wrong way. There has to be trust between partners, and it’s an interesting read to see how that develops. Anyhow without giving away the plot what can I say?
Told in the first person, this is a gritty, well edited, crime story that holds no punches. There’s lots of snarky comments, sexual tension, reality checks, action and… I could go on. The story is riveting, and a happy conclusion seems almost unattainable. The investigation process and ensuing action kept me riveted to the page, and OMG the ending had my heart in my mouth.
Other than the intricate plot line; what makes this story special is small, and not so small, details that bring this world to life. The author gives the characters’ relatives outside the police case, but they are woven into the story in such a way that they aren’t invasive. The families give an added dimension to an investigation that is fraught with death, dead ends, leverage and corruption. It isn’t all doom and gloom though. Some characters are proud to stand up for what is right.
Meet the Authors
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, "See ya!" She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She's still climbing that ladder, but can't stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get 'im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there's a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.