Book Reviews

Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior 3) by L.A. Witt and Cari Z. at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-January-2018

Book Blurb

After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.


But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.


Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.


Book Review

It stands to reason that when Andreas finally decides to come clean to his two other older children, Ben and Casey, the sh*t would hit the fan. Because nothing, and I mean nothing, ever seems to go right for Andreas and Darren. Andreas’s two daughters and one of his sons have been kidnapped, and being a harda** detective doesn’t stop him from feeling what any father would. Sheer, undiluted fear.

“Reality started sinking in. Ben was hurt. God knew how close Darren had come to an injury or worse. And... Casey.
Three of my kids.
Just . . . gone.
And I had no idea what to do.”

I can’t begin to imagine how a parent would feel in this situation but I can relate to the hopelessness Andreas feels when there’s nothing concrete that he and Darren can do. This could be anyone out for revenge and after what he and Darren have done in the past few months, busting a lot of dirty cops, the list is endless, particularly when you factor in people Andreas’s has arrested over the years. As I expected from these authors, the investigation was on-the-edge-of-your-seat tense, with me feeling all the same frustration, anger, fear, and upset that Andreas and Darren were feeling.

It’s bad enough that Andreas’s kids have been kidnapped but the situation with Darren’s older brother, Asher, is getting much worse, far more quickly than anyone anticipated. Oh how my heart broke for Asher and for Darren. I’ll warn you now – I needed more than a few Kleenex to make it through portions of this novel. Needless to say, I couldn’t understand how either of these men were functioning. My hat goes off to two of the strongest – not physically – characters I have ever seen.

Un-freaking-believably amazing! ‘Reckless Behavior’ is definitely my favorite of the series so far. It was heart-stopping, unending, action and adventure that left me breathless and my heart pounding more than once. A definite one-of-a-kind story, something I don’t get to see every day. A huge thank you to both authors for this gem of a book and a series I can really sink my teeth into. I can’t recommend it enough!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 260 pages/69700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-January-2018
Price $5.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $23.98 bundle
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