Monday, August 21, 2017

Release Day Review: Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2) by L.A. Witt and Cari Z

SuspiciousBehaviour_500x750Title ~ Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)

Author ~ L.A. Witt and Cari Z

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 21st August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense

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Synopsis

Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.

For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.

Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.

 

Freya’s Review

Suspicious Behavior is the second book featuring detectives Darren Corliss and Andreas Ruffner.

The first book was Risky Behavior. In that book, Darren and Andreas exposed a hierarchy of corruption involving dirty cops. But, to find out more, you’ll have to read the book. Anyhow, during their investigative adventure, I was introduced to their snark, bravery, love and ‘doing what is right and fuck the establishment’ attitude. It totally endeared them to my heart. Anyhow, having done their duty, Darren and Andreas start Suspicious Behavior somewhere in pariahville – at least where some of their fellow workers are concerned.

Once again, I was treated to an engaging plot coupled with some family drama.

Told in the first person. Darren and Andreas take on cold cases involving murder. They find circumstantial evidence that a serial killer is at large. Getting actual hard proof is a whole new ball game, especially when hampered by passive aggressive behaviour from their peers. As a result, the story contains a mixture of casework and home life, both of which have their complications. Andreas coming out to his family and Darren’s brother’s continuing decline from Alzheimer’s is in the mix. There are a few crossovers to the first book, but enough is explained so that it can be read as a standalone.

It is impossible not to compare the two books. Risky Behavior doesn’t have as complicated a case, although it is excellent with a few twists. It also seems to have a higher percentage of family related content, some of which completely broke my heart. On a more personal note, Darren and Andreas can’t catch a break; with the case – definitely – but mostly when trying to reconnect, personally. They must battle for every bit of alone time. When it does happen, they are adorable. I loved the cuddling moments, and damn, they are hot.

In all Suspicious Behavior left me thoroughly entertained. I felt for Darren and Andreas when they were wronged. I smiled whenever Paula turned up, and my heart was in my mouth when they were in danger. I loved the way they had each other’s backs. With their family matters, my heart was all over the place. And, OMG the ending was everything I hoped for.In the extras, the next title in the series was advertised. What would I like to see from Reckless Behavior out in Jan 2018 – perhaps their peers being more co-operative and more than a couple of people being on their side, but gotta love the snark.

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risky behaviorRisky Behavior (Book #1)

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?

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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 . . .

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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.

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