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It’s day one of Darren Corliss’ career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas’ hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’ unorthodox - and borderline unethical - methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder - is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?

©2017 L. A. Witt and Cari Z. (P)2018 Riptide Publishing

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What to say with out spoiling the book..... well first off this book is amazing. I loved the characters and they were well developed. My only complaint is that i wish that there was maybe more sex scenes.
This book had me on the edge of my seat scared for the characters. The narrator did a wonderful job and i can’t wait to listen to more.

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A Lovely Surprise

I really like this book. It had all the right stuff to make it enjoyable...action, suspense and romance. I would highly recommend this.

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 03-06-18

Take a Risk on this!

Andreas doesn't always play by the rules but he has the highest arrest record in the force. IA is sure he is a dirty cop and keep placing partners with him. hey never last long
Until Darren comes along.Darren is used to cops and badasses. His stepdad was the commissioner.
Andreas doesn't make it easy though. Finally, Darren earns his trust.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. the story is fast-paced and interesting. I loved both Darren and Andreas. I am looking forward to more in this series

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Excellent Read

Loved the story. Enough intrigue and suspense without being angsty. The main Andres and Darren are interesting, amusing , cranky and likable. Family and colleague interactions round out the story line. The narration was excellent.

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  • AmeliaD
  • Lulu, FL, United States
  • 11-16-18

Tell me a story

I love romance, especially M/M, but give me a story to go along with it, specifically, a story with some grit, and some teeth, and a good dose of reality. I want to see real men leading real lives, and dealing with the missteps and misadventures of attempting to forge a relationship through it all. These authors succeed spectacularly with this series. Not only is the story of Andreas and Darren irresistibly romantic, it portrays the day-to-day difficulties and dangers and general aggravation of life as a police officer quite well. This makes for a totally believable police procedural, with the romance placed firmly in its proper perspective. Kudos to the authors. This is no mean feat. I also like the fact that at least one of these authors obviously has spent some time on a gun range, and is familiar with the weapons about which she is writing. I haven't seen that enough over the years, even with bestselling authors (e.g.: Stephen King's constant stupidity of putting safeties on revolvers. In my 20 years in law enforcement, I have never seen a revolver with a safety). Thank you, ladies, for knowing your stuff. You call a magazine a magazine (not a clip), and at least one of you knows how to hold a gun. Good job.
I would like very much to see these authors team up again and create another near-perfect partnership like Andreas and Darren. Awesome.

Now, the narrator. Great job. Performing a narrative is no simple task, and it requires a special talent to do it well. The narrator of these books does it quite well. Each character has their own unique voice, and I seldom had difficulty differentiating them. Andreas' cynicism and sarcasm, Darren's enthusiasm and youthful self-assuredness, Captain Hamilton's world-weariness, all come through in the narrator's voice. He seldom steps out of character. Job well done.

Great story, Great series.

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Action! Romance! Intrigue! Yes please!

This story was riveting, interesting and (dare I say) sexy! the characters were likable, the plot didn't feel contrived or unnecessary, and I just really enjoyed it all across the board. The only reason I'm not able to give the performance five stars is my own nitpicking problem. Almost all of the women had accents, but none of the men did. That said, all of the voices were distinct, and I pretty much always knew who was speaking before the "so and so said" marker. Darren (I listened, didn't read, so apologies if I spell their names wrong) was given a younger, sweet voice that nevertheless was clever and wicked, and Andreas (sic, again), woof, hot damn, and a couple more expletives and warm interjections, was every bit the gruff, serious, bitter detective indicated in the blurb. The novel direction was excellent, and I cannot wait to "read" the next one. Excellent job, authors. Gimme a mystery with a little heat and I'm in it for the long game too.

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When Bad Behavior Is Good

In this series opener, veteran Detective Andreas Ruffner is forced to take on another unwanted partner that Internal Affairs (IA) has tasked with finding dirt on him. Although used to IA’s attempts and quickly jettisoning these “babysitters”, Andreas is less than enthused to have to deal with newly minted detective Darren Corliss as a countdown to being able to close the narcotics and corruption case he has spent the past 4 years working begins. He is even further annoyed when he realizes his new partner is not easily intimidated and can go toe to toe with him.

Darren is just as unhappy as Andreas is when on his first day, before even meeting his new parent, he is tasked by IA to spy on him. Things quickly go downhill from there as he finds his partner to be rude, confrontational and extremely secretive. While Andreas has reasons and experience to distrust Darren, Darren is frustrated by Andreas’s refusal to open up to him about the case. Although each man demands trust from the other, neither is willing to give an inch causing friction, borderline hostility and hair-pulling back-and-forths where the MCs demand trust while distrusting the other.

As each man begins to give a little, they learn more about the other and start to build trust, but this tentative accord is quickly tested. As the bodies begin to pile up and Andreas does his best to avoid a full-scale drug war, personal revelations about Andreas’s health and Darren’s struggle to deal with his brother Asher’s illness draws them together and towards trust in their partnership.

Although Andreas and Darren can be annoyingly stubborn, they are complex, well developed characters whose personal lives and issues add depth to and progression of the storyline, as well as their work and personal relationships. Additionally, Michael Ferraiuolo does an amazing job bringing Darren, Andreas and the cast to life. He’s able to infuse the MCs’ voices with all the simmering irritation and growling, chest thumping behavior without being OTT, and helps create the tension (sexual and otherwise), action and emotional upheaval LA Witt and Cari Z pack into this series debut.

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Loved it!

Loved Andreas and Darrin! There chemistry was amazing, loved these two. Loved the storyline was great and the romance was amazing. I couldn’t wait for the other audios, read the next 3 books.

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Loved it

I loved everything about this book, great story, great narration, interesting characters, never a dull moment. Highly recommend.

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Hang in there

It took me a few chapters into the book before I fell in love with it so if you're experiencing the same, hang in there - it will all pay off.