Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford – Romance>LGBTQ>Gay
Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.
3.5 stars I really enjoyed this book, although I do think that I enjoyed it all the more due to the narration by Greg Tremblay. Definitely would recommend this series as an audio. Hard to say why, except that he avoids a lot of the narrator downfalls like high-pitched female voices, bad accents, poor pacing, or either emotionless or overly breathy sex scenes. I liked his voice, Dante’s accent was present yet subtle, and it just worked.
The story itself was enjoyable, although honestly that was more to due with Rook and Dante than the case. The case gave them something to do, but things pretty much just unfolded however they were going to anyway. Except of course at the end, when the murderers plot is foiled. But as usual with these stories, the cops didn’t actually help much. And in fact, their detective work left a lot to be desired. But I don’t really care.
Dante changed his tune pretty quick from I-wanna-catch-this-guy to I-wanna-fuck-this-guy-out-of-my-system to I-really-like-this-guy-and-wanna-go-steady. But again, I just don’t care. I liked their banter. I liked Dante’s sweetness. I liked Rook’s vulnerability. And I enjoyed the ride.
A couple really good secondary characters such as Archie (Rook’s grandfather), Hank (Dante’s Partner), and Manny (Dante’s Tio). I loved the crotchety old man who wormed his way under Rook’s skin despite being a homophobic ass. A wonderful flawed character who really came through in the end. And Manny was a nice contrast of just a wonderful guy who’s almost too good to be true. I’m begging Rhys Ford to give the old queen a little side-story of his own, he deserves it!