Author: Lissa Kasey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
: Mike Pohlable
Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
I went back and forth on this rating for a while. Pretty early I felt like it would be a 2.5 star read for me and halfway through that dipped some and I wasn’t sure I was liking it. Not bad, just not interested.
But by the end it was pushing 3 stars. The characters, I liked. I think it was the set-up of the mystery and murder plot about the porn star reality show that I just didn’t care much about. And the back and forth with everyone screaming that they just wanted to protect Ollie and Ollie screaming that he was capable. Kade did break that mold for the most part, which was obviously purposeful on the author’s part. But it did become a bit tiresome.
Yet their last few big romantic interactions really progressed and I totally got the warm fuzzies with Kade spilling his heart and Ollie finally realizing he is worth loving. They had a good dynamic together and a lot of chemistry. One makeout, one intercourse scene and one BJ at the end and I didn’t feel cheated in the slightest! Not heavy on the sex but what was there was good.
The narration was good too. Mike Pohlable had a unique voice with a different tenor to it. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so this was a nice change of pace. There were sort of 3 categories of voice: the sweet effeminate gay male (Ollie and Daniel), the heteronormative male (Cade and Will) and the females (B then two minor characters). With a couple extraneous like obnoxious gay male and bad British(?) accent. But that’s fair, it’s hard to come up with 9 different voices. All three voices worked for the appropriate characters and due to writing I never had an issue knowing who was talking. We won’t talk about the bad British(?) accent.
Overall a decent romantic suspense/mystery if you like that sort of thing. The audio version is certainly a good option for this book as well.
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