Detectives Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are very good at their jobs. Being the enforcers for God and Day’s notorious Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force causes the crazy duo to get into more trouble than they can often get out of. The pair never misses out on an opportunity to drive their Lieutenants crazy with their dangerous, reckless, and costly stunts, landing them in the hot seat in front God… often.
Ruxs and Green love their jobs and they don’t mind the very demanding schedule that leaves them little time for socializing or dating. It was fine with them, they enjoyed hanging out with each other anyway.
However, most of the men in their close circle of friends and colleagues are pairing off and settling down. God has Day, Ro has Johnson, and their Sergeant Syn has Furious.
For the past several years, Ruxs has only sought out the advice and company of one person, his partner and best friend Green, and vice versa. Both of these alpha males are presumed straight, but neither can deny the heat that’s building in their once ‘just friends’ relationship.
Okay, so I was talked into reading/reviewing this book and had no idea what to expect. Probably a good thing. I am judging this on two things – storyline and execution.
Storyline-wise, Here Comes Trouble could have been so much better. I enjoyed the interplay between Green, Ruxs, God, Day, and all the other men in the Narcotics Task Force. Unfortunately, the author seems to have forgotten what the book was about and 70% of the way into the book, changed tack to something else. This is the romance between tough guys Chris Green and Mark Ruxsberg, partners. Or that’s what it’s supposed to be. The part where they went from partners to…partners was good, but it was missing something – like truly explaining Ruxs attraction to his partner. At the beginning I didn’t get that feeling and then suddenly, Ruxs is all pre-pubescent upset because his partner’s got a date. That seemed to be missing a chapter or two of information.
And then they got to the sex – and it was…annoying, as far as erotic scenes go. In that “I know I’ve read this kind of thing far too many times” way. Plus, I don’t care that they just found they are attracted to one another and in love. They are on duty – the kind of duty that can get you killed – and they’re messing around in the cab of Green’s truck? Unbelievable. Not to mention that so much of their work story was about a drug bust and when it came down to the bust? It was a sideline that we did not get to see or take part in because the author had moved on to story number 2 – Curtis. Who’s Curtis? Yeah – I had the same thought.
If the author would have kept to the concept that a romance is about 2 characters and stayed to them and their romance, it would have gotten a much higher rating. But when Curtis came in, the story changed. It was no longer about Ruxs and Green – not completely. Instead, it centered around 17 year old Curtis who gets sort of adopted by the two tough guys. At this point is where the execution totally takes a dive. Instead of two defined points of view, not only did we get a third – Curtis’s – but head hopping started up.
And the ‘romance’ between Curtis and Genesis was a bit unbelievable and rather abrupt. I don’t blame Ruxs for being tough about it. Genesis is 22. Curtis is 17. That’s a huge difference at that age.
So for execution? 1 star – the last few chapters practically killed the whole book for me. For storyline – Until it switched to Curtis, I would have given it 4 stars – even with all its problems, I still enjoyed it up until that point. But because of that, it got 3. So, between the two issues, it comes out a 2-star book. I actually wish the author would do a bit of re-writing and kick out the new storyline at the end. Every story deserves its own book. If you have to bring in part of that book into a previous one, to me it means it cannot stand on its own.
A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought- provoking depths.
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