Thursday, December 28, 2017

Book Review: Risky Behavior (Bad Behavior #1) by LA Witt and Cari Z

Book Review: Risky Behavior
by LA Witt and Cari Z

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s 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’s 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’s 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?

4.5 Stars!!!

Risky Behavior is book 1 in the Bad Behavior series and it's a great start to what is shaping up to be a fantastic detective series.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn't play well with others, but he changes his mind after being paired up with rookie detective Darren Corliss, who doesn't put up with his attitude and shows him he's as trustworthy as they come. Between the chemistry brewing between them despite their age difference and a case that will rattle the city to its very foundation, this is an exciting ride that you don't want to miss out on.

I loved Darren, despite his reservations at some of Andreas's actions or how he skated a very thin line being right and wrong, he showed Andreas that he could be trusted and he had his partner's back whenever he needed it. Andreas was great, too, just gruffier and grumpier and a whole lot more difficult. I really liked getting to know him better as the book advanced and see that he was more than that and that once Darren proved himself, he was there for him 100%. While there was a large age gap, Andreas is in his forties and has kids that range from ages 24 to 4, and Darren was 28, Darren was mature enough, perhaps because of his own family problems due to his brother's early onset of Alzheimers. They complemented each other quite nicely both in and out of the bedroom and had a lot of chemistry. I'm looking forward to seeing their relationship develop as we move forward into the series.

The case was thrilling, fast-paced and had me biting my nails wondering how it would unfold. There were a lot of twists and turns, some obvious, some not as much, but that held my interest.

Overall, this was a fantastic start to the series and I can't wait to get started on the next two books ASAP. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Riptide Publishing for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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