This weekend I read Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan. After reading (and loving A Rookie Move – I gave it 4.5 stars), I was eagerly awaiting Mr. Morgan’s next release. Glad that I didn’t have to wait too long! While I enjoyed Slow Burn, I didn’t love it like I did A Rookie Move. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good, smexy read.
Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.
Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist…
Sheesh! I’ve been doing blog posts for everyone but me! I’m sorry to have neglected you, my dear blog.
Even though I went to bed early last night and promised myself I would turn the light off at a decent hour, I ended up staying awake to finish A Rookie Move by Sam B. Morgan.
This book sucked me in right from the beginning. The gritty and accurate police situations grabbed my attention. Of course they were overshadowed by tough TO (training officer) Mike Graham and his “boot” Nate York, both of the LAPD.
I saw some reviewers refer to this as a “Gay-for-you” story, but I would have to disagree. Mike, definitely gay and in the closet, starts dreaming about his trainee, the sexy blond York. Nate was on the outs with his girl friend and had already recognized that he was never really into sex with women. He had a prior gay experience. When things heated up between him and Mike, Nate was hesitant but wanted to try. I loved how he acted on his feelings.
The tension between the two men is incredible – both sexually and while they try to work together and figure out their relationship or their “thing” as Nate calls it (of course he gets in trouble for his word choice!).
There were a number of cute lines and fun banter between the two. I liked when Nate blurted out that he bought red pillows after Mike characterized his living room as being too beige and looking like a doctor’s office (he said some other things, but you will have to read those yourself).
I think I especially enjoyed how Nate came to deal with his liking men and being with Mike. Although he was younger and more inexperienced than Mike, he had the confidence to go after what he wanted and to move their relationship forward.
Sam B. Morgan is on Twitter @SamBMorgan – make sure to follow him.
4.5 out of 5 stars