Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.
Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.
Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.
OMG! I love these guys! I’m so impressed by this story—a combo of a murder mystery, action adventure, and MM romance all rolled into one emotional, angsty (C’mon, it’s Amy Lane!), gritty, scary, exciting audiobook.
The characters are interesting and perfect for each other—the slender-built, introverted attorney who comes off as snobby to his fellow employees at the law firm where they all work. But he also has a reputation for being highly skilled at defending the underdog, and that’s what Jackson and his sister of the heart, Jude, need when Jude’s brother, Kaden, is framed for murdering a cop.
Jude is the secretary at the law firm and Jackson, the firm’s investigator. Tall, gorgeous, once a cop, Jackson has the rep of being a hound dog, leaving his one-night-stands of both sexes broken-hearted. And those sex hookups include Jude, who happens to be one of his best friends since his early teen years, when her mom more or less “adopted” the lonely, hungry, emotionally neglected young boy and enveloped him with all the love and family he could hope for. Now Kaden is in trouble, and she knows the only lawyer who can possibly get him off is the one man in the firm she despises.
The sparks fly when Ellery Cramer and Jackson Rivers get together to work on this case. And then the bullets fly, and the two commit to working together long before they finally admit to feelings for each other. The mystery of why Kaden is framed goes way back to Jackson’s early years as a cop, and the author feeds us a bit of back history at a time, while the MCs are dodging bullets and learning heartbreaking news that impacts Jackson’s life.
I was totally absorbed in the mystery within the first chapters and completely on board the romance wagon for Ellery and Jackson from the first time their gazes locked. Amy Lane writes a great book, and some have been among my all-time favorites, but this one was different somehow. It may be the first time I’ve experienced this type of action adventure while sitting at the knee of this fantastic storyteller, but I certainly hope it won’t be the last. The fast-paced final chapters, the heartbreaking and heartwarming events and character interactions, and the outstanding narration by Greg Tremblay made this one a pleasure to listen to.
The promise of a future together for the two tough-as-nails-on-the-outside characters and the possibility of this becoming a series are both going to keep this at the top of my 2016 favorite list. If you like intriguing characters who come to life at the hands of a talented voice actor, by all means pick up this audiobook.