Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Summary: When private investigator, Shane Stephens, is hired by the mayor of Cincinnati to track down the hacker who has been threatening him, Shane is sure this is the opportunity to launch the Merleau Detection Agency into the big time. He even convinces Rowe Ward of Ward Security to loan him one of his best IT specialists, Quinn Lake.
Shane, a man who prefers casual intimacy, is surprised by his attraction to the moody computer geek, but when Quinn suggests they have fun for the month he’s on loan, Shane happily agrees. Both men are expecting nothing more than a good time.
But the investigation takes an unexpected turn and they quickly discover they are facing more than a hacker out to ruin the mayor’s re-election chances. And as they spend more time together, they realize their relationship may be a lot more than just a good time.
With only weeks until the election, Shane and Quinn race to gather the proof they need while dodging bullets and possibly…falling in love.
Review: Oh yeah, the dynamic author duo brought the mojo for this one! It reminded me of how I felt reading “Shattered”, about Snow and Jude, which was my favorite of the first series. They also make an appearance, as do Hollis and Ian. Quinn is adorable, a hot nerd who’s also a geeky gamer, insecure about sex and relationships and devoted to caring for his mother. Shane is confident, loyal, a very honest man, and has little faith he’ll ever want a relationship. Following them as they shake up each other’s perceptions was both hot and sweet. Very hot! More characters get introduced as the case heats up, and as Quinn and Shane get to know each other. I loved Shane’s dad, Abe, Shane’s partner in the PI firm, Ethan, and more guys at Ward Security, particularly Royce, Quinn’s good friend. Even Quinn’s roommates, who he’s been avoiding, end up being a surprise, so there seems to be lots of material for continuing the series.
Some of the details about the case seemed a little shaky but a good balance of suspense and action sequences didn’t let it overshadow the romance. A little mis- and non-communication goes on but fit with Quinn and Shane’s personalities and wasn’t drawn out to irritating lengths. Their chemistry was excellent, with plenty of steam, plus a mix of scenes showing both on the job and personal interaction, so the shift in emotions was believable. The identity of the villain wasn’t exactly a surprise and became a little overdone at the culmination, but the investigative part of the plot had some surprises. The case itself only lasts a couple of weeks but an added interlude to the time-line kept it from feeling like insta-love, even though it kind of was. The reference to Dantès in the title is from a classic book and I’ll let you discover what it means for yourself. I spent a few chapters wondering when he’d show up… It’s a fun, flirty, dirty story to get absorbed in, and enjoy every moment of it. I refused to look at the excerpt for the next book, so I’m not certain who it’s about but I think it’s Royce, and I really, really want a book for Abe. I very much recommend this one!