Murder & Mayhem #2
Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.
WHOOO, hang on, cause this one is jumping right from the beginning. We have stolen memorabilia, breaking and entering, an attack and a murder just in the first chapter!
Rook, Dante and all the family drama return, and I slipped right back into this world like I never left.
I love a book that is as full of intrigue and mystery as it is drama and relationships. This author is a pro at walking that line and the "who done it" had me going back and forth quite a few times.
Rook is like a feral cat that Dante is trying to coax in with a saucer of milk, and he ends up scratched more times than not. But Dante is a patient man and he know his quervo is worth the struggle. Watching their connection develop and deepen is very satisfying. As is the ongoing struggle that Rook has with his grandfather and finding a balance that works for both of them.
Connections is the theme of this book and those lines can be tugged for good and bad. Rook and Dante are just hoping for more of the good.
Murder, mayhem, tramps and thieves....love them all!