Book Reviews

Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior 2) by L.A. Witt and Cari Z at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-January-2018

Book Blurb

Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.

 

For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.

 

Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.

 

Book Review

After having inhaled the first book in this series, I was really looking forward to the next volume. Andreas and Darren had weaseled their way into my heart and the mystery portion of the first installment was spellbinding. I recommend reading these books in order as there is a lot of backstory and history that builds on each fresh book.

In ‘Risky Behavior’ I was introduced to Andreas, a determined, hardworking detective, whom most people don’t like - he might be a wee bit blunt for some - and learned about some of his background including his HIV status. Darren is a brand-new detective who some felt only got his shield because his stepfather used to be the police commissioner and his older brother, Asher, made history at the DA’s office. What none of them know (except Andreas) is that Asher was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and that’s why he no longer practices, and also why their stepdad took early retirement, so he could help their mom take care of Asher at home for as long as possible.

Asher goes downhill very quickly while Darren is injured and in ICU - to the point where his mom and stepdad are going to have to put him in a home. He has become violent and escaped too many times. Andreas wants to help but there’s nothing he can do except be there for Darren. With both Darren and Andreas getting the freeze at work for having busted the mayor and a ton of dirty cops, it’s no surprise to Andreas when his daughter - who is interning for IA - comes to him regarding his HIV status. Let me just say that Andreas doesn’t only keep secrets in his professional life - there’s a ton of things his kids don’t know.

I was doubly impressed with the mystery/suspense portion of this story. The authors had me hanging on to my seat trying to figure out whodunnit and even after they knew who it was, but couldn’t prove it, I was dying to decipher how they were going to get this psycho. Throw in Asher’s serious decline from Alzheimer’s and Andreas dealing with his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his youngest child, and her substantial issues with a loan shark, and well, to be honest, I was surprised neither of them shattered from the stress and the strain.

An excellent follow-up to the first book in the series! Part of my enjoyment of these books is the sheer reality they portray in terms of how hard a cop’s life is, and how much they sacrifice for their job. “To Protect and Serve” is a commitment most people don’t seem to understand about the men in blue, but these two authors are certainly doing a good job of showing it. I’m really looking forward to the next book and seeing what more excitement Andreas and Darren can bring me.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 280 pages/74700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-August-2017
Price $5.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $23.98 bundle
Buy Link http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/suspicious-behavior