Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Review: Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3) by L.A. Witt and Cari Z

Reckless Behavior35611965Title ~ Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3)

Author ~ L.A. Witt and Cari Z

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing 

Published ~ 1st January 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.

But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.

Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.


Freya’s Review

Reckless Behavior is a much-awaited return to the world of Detectives Andreas Ruffner and Darren Corliss. Men whose snark and lack of regard for etiquette, but love for each other and the job, gets them into sooo much trouble.

The main story centres around the kidnapping of Andreas’s children. A secondary arc covers the declining health of Darren’s brother Asher, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Like books one and two this is told in the first person, with alternating chapters from the POV’s of Andreas and Darren. It contains excellent scene descriptions, and I love that the authors don’t shy away from the tougher areas of detective work. From the first chapter, the story gets straight into the action, which is difficult for Andreas as he is nursing a broken ankle – a left over from book two.

I love the dynamic between the main characters. One of my wishes from the last book was to see more of the police get behind the boys, which is precisely what happens in this story. They may not have liked that Ruffner and Corliss put away their (dirty) colleagues, but no one messes with a man’s kids. As such the more emotional side of the boys comes through. Namely, the feeling of helplessness and desolation while trying to stay objective and useful. Also thrown into the mix are the exes and the awkwardness that provides.

The parts that made me cry though were the scenes with Darren and Asher. In moments of clarity Asher understands what is happening to himself and his reactions are truly heart-breaking.

Reckless Behavior is an altogether more emotional story. For the adrenaline junkies, the action is in there, but it is surrounded by a plethora of reactions from guilt and distress, to frustration and rage. Through it all, Andreas and Darren come together as a couple which was a beautiful thing to see.

What an excellent way to start the new year. And there’s Romantic Behavior to follow – I can’t wait.

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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?

Review :: Amazon Global Link

SuspiciousBehaviour_500x750Suspicious Behavior (Book #2)

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.

Review :: Amazon Global Link


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.



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