On The Scene Of A Multiple Murder That S Grisly Even For A Veteran Homicide Detective, Brian Clifton Is Stunned When One Of The Victims Bears An Uncanny Resemblance To His Boyfriend, James As The Similarities Keep Piling Up, So Do The Bodies And The Evidence Pointing To James As The Killer Since Long Before The Shooting, James Has Been Dishonest He S Been Evasive Oh, And There S That Minor Detail He Withheld From Brian About Being A Gambling Addicted Drug Dealer James May Not Be The Best Boyfriend In The World, But He Begs Brian To Believe He S No Killer In Fact, Whoever Did Pull The Trigger Undoubtedly Wants To Finish What They Started, And Brian Is The Only One James Trusts To Keep Him Safe But How Much Is Brian Willing To Risk To Protect A Man He May Not Even Know Free on 2 26 15 Nope Way to kill a series Boyfriend of alcoholic cop is a drug dealer not talking a little weed here either , liar and a manipulator and he can overlook all that as long as he s not a killer, too I mean ok but REALLY You re a fucking cop I guess it s a little bit of Oh thank God, I m not sleeping with a murderer but a high level drug dealer really isn t much better in my opinion So I couldn t bring myself to like either of the MC s At all And the mystery is completely predictable Added to all that, we see that Andrew and Nick from the first book are intertwined into this one and they re having problems coping with what happened in the previous book I hate having my HEA s fucked with I hear the next one is back to their story but I m not sure if I wanna.Found nothing likeable about this one. Also There were a few things that kept this from being a 5 star read Ironically, the title sums it all up Trust I just couldn t believe that Brian was willing to put so much on the line for a lover that he was about to dump an hour before his partner wound up dead And if I wasn t able to get past that, a lot of the book was spent thinking, Sure, just throw it all away Risk your badge And your friend s badge because HOT, Damn is that guy good in bed And, even Brian says that the great sex shouldn t be enough to base a relationship on Perhaps that issue could have been resolved if Witt had given a clearer picture of their relationship it felt a lot like insta love.Now for the action thriller part of the book it was exciting The clue finding, the chase scenes kept me on the edge of my seat I did see the twist coming fairly early on And the real bad guy was easy to spot as well That didn t negate any of my reading enjoyment though.The author didn t have the MCs problems instantly resolved the second the crime was She gave them a few months away from one another to rest and recoup As a reader, I appreciated that What I didn t like was the almost cavalier handling of Brian s alcoholism Over all, I really do recommend this book It may look like I had a lot of problems with it but the positives out weigh them. So, I usually love L.A Witt, and this book wasn t bad by any means, but it was so fundamentally flawed that I couldn t truly enjoy it.Brian is a homicide detective, and when called to a crime scene, discovers that one of the bodies looks just like his boyfriend, James, whom he s planning to dumb because he s been so cagey He then finds out that the dead guy is a drug dealer, and that he has a brother business partner named yes, James Turns out it s the same James.James admits to running a drug ring with his brother Stephen He swears he had nothing to do with the shooting, and tells Brian that the reason he s been so cagey is because he lied about having a gambling addiction.Brian believes James about not being the killer, and about dirty cops being involved, so he agrees to hide James instead of putting him under protective custody.So the entire book, Brian isn t sure whether he should believe James about not being involved in the shooting, and he wonders if he should break up with Brian He can t decide if he can forgive James for lying about the gambling addiction That is the sum total of the relationship drama Uh are we missing something Really, Brian You don t see another problem here In the end we discover that James, whose real name is Eric, was actually an undercover DEA agent Okay, that s not really a surprise But that isn t revealed until the end Throughout the entire book, Brian is working under the assumption that James is a drug dealer And not, like, a street level marijuana peddler, but actually running one of the biggest drug rings in town But that s just okay Brian never thinks about turning James in for being a drug dealer He just hopes his instinct is right about James not being the killer Like if he can find the real killer, everything will be fine This just bothered me so much I couldn t enjoy the story Sure, it turned out James wasn t really a drug dealer But Brian didn t know that, and his choice to hide someone that he had every reason to believe was a dangerous criminal it didn t work for me If this had been addressed, maybe I could have gotten behind it But it was just completely ignored It bugged me too much to give this than 3 stars. 5 heart racing stars I loved this story It had so much going on and kept you on your toes I am really good at figuring stuff out way before things happen and WOW this one got me I had NO clue I loved Brian and felt for his emotions and what to do it was raw it was real I loved him and James and that as much as it tore him apart he still wanted to help him The end blew me away I loved It and was sad when it ended I am addicted to L.A Witt s writing. freebie 3 1 15 Kindle Freebie 2 26 15 Another engaging story with an emotionally difficult relationshipWarning This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS Rating 6 10PROS I was interested in the plot of the story all the way through, even if I didn t always approve of the characters life choices The ending was fun And it somehow surprised me, although looking back on it now, I m not sure HOW it managed to surprise me I m sure a lot of other readers will see it coming a ways off Witt writes dialogue well sharp, but not unrealistically so There were times when I flew through scenes without really realizing how many pages I was consuming because I was caught up in the conversations.CONS I read this second volume immediately after the first, Cover Me, and because they re both in first person POV but not the same character s POV , I had a hard time getting my brain into the narrator s head here The narrative voice of Brian is very similar to that of Nick from Cover Me Even the sex scenes are kind of similar I m all for characters being real and three dimensional having actual flaws and not being perfect But the extent of the flaws here often seemed insurmountable to me, especially given how at odds the guys very lives are with each other There are repeated mentions of the fact that Nick and Andrew s relationship from the first book isn t going smoothly I know this story isn t about them, and I know real relationships aren t always rainbows and roses all the time still, it bothered me to read about the original couple struggling quite so much so heavy on the heels of the first book I read these in a packaged trilogy, so clearly they re meant to be read back to back There s a torture scene at the end that s hard to read I had to skim parts of it.Overall comments In spite of my being interested in the plot, I couldn t ever truly enjoy this because I could never really forget about how bad I thought the men were for each other I did like the end, though.
L.A Witt and her husband have been exiled from Spain and sent to live in Maine because rhymes are fun She now divides her time between writing, assuring people she is aware that Maine is cold, wondering where to put her next tattoo, and trying to reason with a surly Maine coon Rumor has it her arch nemesis, Lauren Gallagher, is also somewhere in the wilds of New England, which is why L.A is al
- 171 pages
- Trust Me
- L.A. Witt
- 04 January 2019 L.A. Witt