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Homicide detective Tori Hunter was used to doing things her way. But even after six different partners in seven years, she was not prepared for the hot-tempered Samantha Kennedy. Samantha, on the other hand, was trying to juggle a new job and a demanding boyfriend and now finds herself with an even greater challenge - being partnered with the most difficult detective in the entire squad. After a brief terrorist scare disrupts their serial killer investigation, the two women find themselves growing closer. Sam begins to question the relationship with her longtime boyfriend, and Tori, never one to allow anyone to get too close, begins to feel her defenses slipping in Sam's presence. While facing a serial killer and drug deals gone bad, the two detectives struggle with their feelings, trying to maintain their professional relationship while keeping their nearly flammable physical relationship in check.

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I love this book!

Give us more Gerri Hill. The chemistry and portrayal of the character was great. I loved the evolution.

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Could’ve been 5 stars across the board...

**SPOILERS**

This is a good book. I’m a fan of the series & cant wait for more. Solid plot & story, great characters & their development throughout make them even more likable, author did awesome job with the buildup between Tori & Sam (gradually bringing them together as a couple). All of that goes a long way towards making the reader suspend reality for a bit as you listen along & become invested in the story/people. My one problem was the sexual assault aspect mid-book. It totally slices right through the fantasy world being created up to that point & harshly snaps you back in the reality. I found it distracting.

Instead of enjoying the romantic scenes I kept reminding myself Sam was raped less than a week ago lol. The believability of the storyline just isn’t there for me. I’m supposed to give my buy-in to a couple who share their first experience of love making together just a couple days after one of those women was kidnapped, tortured, & violently gang raped? I buy that a female cop would be willing to return to street duty too quickly after such a brutal attack. It’s in most cop’s nature to bury painful experiences & run from their fears.

But I cannot believe any woman would be so quick to seek out that type of intimacy so soon after a sexual assault—especially the type & degree that’s described in this story. It’s just not believable at all to me. Even if the intimacy is with another woman (instead of a man, like her attackers), whom she was falling in love with prior to the attack.

In fact, I feel the author missed a great opportunity to not only lengthen the book overall, but also to build Tori & Sam’s connection on an even more deeper level (i.e. Tori could’ve patiently & compassionately helped Sam recover for at least a couple weeks while slowly leading up to their first sexual encounter with one another). I feel it should’ve been handled that way OR written in a way that the rape was prevented altogether by Tori showing up to save the day just before things escalated. If it was played out that way I’d totally believe Sam would be open to having sex with someone she loved & trusted within a week of the attack. Otherwise, it’s just not believable...I’m sorry.

This really really bugged me. I found myself pretending the rape hadn’t even occurred at all in order to stomach the intimacy being explored between these women after the fact.

I would’ve given 5 stars in all 3 categories if it wasn’t for that...

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Top knotch Police portrayal / Love Story

This book is my absolute fav. when the Audible version came out, I had to have it. Tori is such a strong character that allows the listener to join her in her thoughts and work. Sam compliments her in so many ways. I feel a bond with these characters that I feel hurt theres an ending.

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Mixed up

Got to wondering about half way through this book if it was a detective story or a gay rights manifesto/romance type book. Turns out, it was a bit of both; a book with a pretty good murder mystery in it along with a pretty strong story about how women in a traditionally mail job had to work twice as hard to be accepted as competent, especially if gay. And to top it off, there's a burgeoning romance sub-plot between two women, one gay and the other in a straight relationship who becomes interested in the gay women.

Tori Hunter is the veteran homicide cop who is also a lesbian, and doesn't hide it. She can't get along with a male partner though. Along comes Samantha, a beautiful girl (what else, can't have an ugly girl, can we...) from a different department who has just transferred into homicide and is partnered up with Hunter.

Samantha is straight, has a boyfriend, and really wants to fit into homicide, but she also runs into the various anti-woman characters. As their partnership forms, Sam realizes she's got feelings for Hunter, and the rest goes along rather predictably. Then, the murder gets interesting, and the relationship becomes background, then the relationship becomes primary, and the murder gets interesting, and so on and so forth.

It actually made for a pretty darn good book, beyond some of the predictability. Let me stress, only the relationship issues were predicable, and a bit tiring at times, honestly. I mean, seriously: dump the guy Sam, and go with your heart, already, would you? Don't worry about him. He's a typical shallow guy. He'll find another girl and be fine. Quit worrying about him and worry about you.

Message is finally received and the bad guy is pursued and finally caught, which is the more interesting part of the story. The guys in the unit are impressed, and as the sun sets, all is well.

Pretty good book. No sordid sex scenes, which I appreciated, given the tendencies of many "romance" novels these days, and a pretty good murder mystery.

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Important trigger warnings.

I don't normally write reviews, but there's a few important things prospective listeners should know before purchase.

First and foremost, the story includes a fairly graphic rape scene. I personally had trouble with it, probably would not have made the purchase had I know earlier; so if this is a triggering topic, then you might want to find a different title. The characters also move past the emotional fallout of the assault quite quickly, which bothered me a bit given my experiences.

Second, this title deals with some transgender issues in the story. The author seemed to attempt to approach the topic with some sensitivity (from the point of view of the main character), especially given that the book was written over a decade ago. However, the author/characters conflate transgender with transvestite, misgender characters at times (and the minor offense of using the term 'transgendered'), and reinforce the trope of "men in dresses". I personally don't feel that it was done maliciously, but it was still uncomfortable to read and more than a little disappointing.

As for the story, it's entertaining and a good read, but not a masterpiece. Furthermore the character of "Sam" sees too little character development and needs saving so often, it stretches her credibility as a detective. But in the end, I'll give the story 3 1/2 stars, rounded up because I do like a good crime thriller.

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Very satisfying use of a credit

Abby Craden's terrific narration takes a good romance/police procedural and turns it into a very compelling and satisfying use of a credit.

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Great storyline and intrigue

Very good characters, easy to follow ,good story telling both by the author and the narrator. Could've gone on for more hours. I am ready for the sequels . The actual sex scenes were appropriate and touching and hot, but it screamed of reality and I like that. Lots of hours to listen to and pass the time .I never got bored or confused at where things were going -not once!

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Great story, but oooh boy those trigger warnings

This story's really solid. I didn't like it quite as much as Keepers of the Cave, but it's got a really fun mystery and the dynamics between all the characters is really fun. Also, the coming out experience from Sam's POV was pretty cool.

Mostly I just wanted to point out some trigger warnings; the murder scenes in this book are pretty horrific, sexual violence is a consistent theme throughout the entire story, there's a pretty long and graphic rape scene that is brought up on a regular basis for the rest of the story. There's also pretty consistent, aggressive homophobia throughout the story, and there's a trans character (one of the murder victims) who faces consistent posthumous misgendering and transphobia even from the main characters who, frankly, should know better.

None of that makes this a bad story, just... set your expectations accordingly.

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Was loving it until THAT scene

**MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**

This book was an absolutely riveting ride that I was enjoying the heck out of until the author decided to throw in a COMPLETELY unnecessary and graphic rape scene which came out of nowhere and added no value to the plot, after which there was only the briefest of recovery periods (I’m talking a matter of days) before the character is back to normal and, more distressingly, enjoying an active sex life. I’m truly disgusted. Sexual violence against women as a throw away plot device that’s supposed to sub for “character development” is in my opinion the fastest way to cheapen a story. I ended up returning the book and getting my credit back without bothering to finish it. I usually love Gerri books, but honestly, shame on you, Ms. Hill.

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Something For Everyone

Part Romance/ part Police Procedural/ Part Gay Rights document/ declaration . Okay our central figure is an out lesbian who is too wild, too reckless, too uncontrollable but who always manages to get the job done. So what is it with all mystery/detective novelists feeling that the only way to write a lead character is to pattern him/her after Martin Riggs of the Lethal Weapon series. It seems as if all entertainment mediums want the solo iconoclast who breaks all the rules, doesn't care about procedure, rules, or working well with others as their main character. In reality these types are for the most part are the screw-ups who make messes that others have to clean up; they're also the ones most likely to injure themselves or others with their special brand of hot dogging. Then they're the female leads who move back and forth from kickass pros to simpering Pauline's being tied to the railroad tracks by the dastardly Snidely Whiplash. No matter the background or training of these woman they will at least once, usually more, become simpering ninnies in a crisis situation. Thankfully what Gerri Hill lacks in the ability to write police, action-adventure scenes she makes up in the ability to create really good female to female relationships. As cliche ridden as romance novels are, it is the ability to create relationships between characters that drive these stories and makes Romance the best selling fiction genre; so suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.

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  • Alice
  • 10-29-15

great detective and romance

I was impressed by this one, as the previous one from Gerri Hill did not have the same spark as this one. It's a f/f romance which develops between a brash detective in Dallas homicide and her newly assigned Partner (who did not realise she was actual a lesbian). The relationship develops as they go about solving a string of murders.

Very well narrated by Abbey Craden, and the story moves quickly and the romance develops in a perfect manner. The action scenes are very well done. The only reason for four stars is a bit of awkwardness in a few areas (the department's head response to Hunter is always the same sequence (wth, no, well okay, be careful), some of the romance was too close, time wise to the crime events, so didn't feel realistic, one character changed his homomorphic views too quickly, imo). But I don't what to dwell on these as they are just thoughts for improving. It's one of the top f/f romance/crime stories in audiobook format at moment.

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  • Titchy Runner
  • 10-22-15

EXCELLENT

Loved the way the characters were brought to live. The love story going on did not distract from the criminal story line it enhanced it. Can't wait for all her books to be available on Audible.

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  • Nicola
  • 12-01-15

Worth a listen.

I decided to purchase this story based on the reviews and the preview. It definitely didn't disappoint, though at times I found it a little predictable and possible a bit slow the story line was good.

The narrator did a great job, and was good at creating different voices for each characters. In fact one of the best on here!

Overall it's pretty good, and definitely worth a listen!

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  • M. A. Mccormack
  • 08-23-20

Loved this book

Want more of these characters, more one-liners, more going over fences and into pipes, more investigations and more catching the baddie.

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  • T Arnold
  • 01-19-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I do love a good romance, this is not my first Gerri Hill, and whilst some of the content here is a tad predictable there are twists within that really made the audio book a great listen. The great listen made even better by Abby Craden. I actually finished this wanting more as I completely invested into these characters. I would definitely recommend for any romance and crime fans.

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  • Margaret
  • 02-12-21

Hunter's Way

This is the first book I've read by GH, better late than never! Bought the audio as it's read by AC. Neither disappointed. Loved both MCs and the setting in one of my favourite genres. Shall be reading/listening to #2 soon.

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  • Mr. Sal. Hasham
  • 01-11-21

awesome

Amazing how strong and senistive these awesome women are.
there should be more of them and in real life.
Thank you Gerri. Can't wait to read the the next 3 books about Tori And Samantha.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-20

Loved it.

My first book from this author, it was definitely a good purchase. The story was good, the narrator did a great job to. Will definitely be reading/listening to some of her other novels.

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  • Drew
  • 05-31-20

One of Geri Hills best! grotty and honest

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the storyline was a true reflection to many of us who lived through a time of homophobia and unable to live our real life. the detective story held nothing back and was vivid and realistic. Abby Crayden just brings another dimension to the story with her amazing voice.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-24-18

stunning

the first book in the partners series just loved it Abbey Craddens narration is brilliant as ever pleas can we have the rest of the series as well as more earlier books

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  • Sarah Carapace
  • 10-10-18

Almost Fantastic Lesbian Cop Drama

So, hoi. How do I start. I love cliché tropey buddy cop junk and I wanted that but with ladies making out in it. After a little bit of research I was lead here. The lieutenant throws his glasses on a pile of files and calls one of our leads a maverick within the first minute and I was like 'Yeeeeees!'

The story itself is pretty simple, a pair of detectives are on the trail of a brutal serial killer. While they are on the case they start to fall for each other which is complicated until its not.

The Hunter's Way audio book totally elevates its material by being amazingly well performed; Abby Craden does a fantastic job with the different voices, fun uses of inflection and non verbal sounds (yawns, murmurs, etc) She really made me want to spend as much time with the characters as possible. It's kind of a shame it wasn't fully produced with a soundscape to go with it, she's that good.

I was totally invested in the case and in the developing friendship and attraction of the two leads, tough gal, maverick 'best detective on the squad' hot-to-the-point-of-goddess-status loner Tori Hunter and bright, charming, good with people but useless with guns new-to-the-squad Sam Kennedy but....there are two huge buts.

I would be willing to say this might be the most fun I had with an audio book until I got half way though and out of nowhere, in a tiny subplot, one of the key characters gets raped. It's very traumatic and is partly 'on screen'. The character then goes though a short grueling recovery period and then is fine? It's really odd and very uncomfortable.
And then towards the end there is a bunch transphobic stuff where one of the victims is referred to as a transvestite and when they find out she was trans they flip back and fourth on pronouns and it's all super uncomfortable.

So I guess add this one to the problematic faves pile? It's super dark; it has a pile of young dead lesbians in it, it's transphobic and traumatic while at the same time, it's super compelling and has good characters and a surprising amount of wit and humor and genuine warmth.

Hunter's Way is hard to recommend but as long as you know what you're in for, go for it.

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  • Gemma
  • 07-25-17

Read this one!!!

Hey anyone else trawling through here trying to find some lesbian romance that isn't squicky trash - try this one!
The characters feel like like real normal humans. I cackled at quite a few of their scenes. Hits a number of the romance buttons and largely avoids tacky lines. The sex scenes won't make you roll your eyes, and there is a plot that is not just hastily stilting up a series of romance scenes.
Also, the performance by Abby Craden is fantastic and her voice suits the book quite well. I may have a slight crush on her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-17

Hunter's Way by Gerri Hill

Excellent storyline. Crazed, homophobic psychopath goes on a brutal killing rampage. Somehow the author manages to weave a beautiful love story into the plot, which softens the violence and adds to the intrigue. It's hard not to listen to the story in one sitting... It's so captivating!

You will love this book if you're into mystery, crime or thrillers. I chose it because I love lesbian crime novels and this is one of my favourites to date. (Sorry Katherine V. Forrest).

The only thing that didn't satisfy my curiosity was how or why the main protagonists family was murdered. I wanted the author to develop that storyline. But then again that would have been difficult and I'm probably just being greedy. The title didn't grab me either, but I'm glad I don't always go by titles or book covers.

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  • Anne Garland
  • 03-22-17

good listening. kept me listening

started listening and just had to keep going. story line kept me intreaged. all good

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  • Amy
  • 10-23-16

classic crime

enjoyed the simple twists the crime took. the characters were fleshed out and the narration was great. Abby Craden is excellent. of course that maybe due to the great content of the novel.