Wednesday, December 23, 2009

L.A. Boneyard


Title: L.A. Boneyard
Author: P.A. Brown
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-018-4
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Work is never easy when you’re a policeman, something Homicide Detective David Eric Laine knows all too well. It’s a job filled with pain, suffering and the sobering reality of what one person is capable of doing to another. The case David gets with his new, temporary partner, Jairo Hernandez, is a gut-wrencher, with the brutal deaths of two young and pregnant Ukrainian women. Their murders are complicated and confusing, with few solid leads and few real suspects until the evidence leads them on a chase between the violent gangs that inhabit East LA and a decorated former Marine officer.

That’s not David’s only problem. There’s a physical attraction between him and Jairo from the moment they meet and Jairo, the married, father of two children, doesn’t want to take no for an answer. Can David control the situation, or will he allow the growing desire he shares with his new partner to destroy the life he and Chris have together?

L.A. Boneyard is the latest release in author P.A. Brown’s L.A. series, following the lives of lovers David and Chris, and it takes up four years after the men became partners. Like other books by this talented author, it’s filled with personable characters, good plot flow, a realistic and well written premise and has a nice integration and good balance of the suspense and romance portions of the storyline. She’s added familiar characters and new intriguing ones to round out the plot and add interest, depth and detail to a fast-paced story.

While the story is definitely about David’s struggle to find a killer, it’s also about his struggle to stay faithful in the face of an attraction he can’t deny. Both portions of the story are heart-wrenching in their own way, making life uneasy and difficult for both David and Chris. Ms. Brown did a nice job expressing the unrest in their lives and she did it so well that I have to admit, I didn’t like Jairo in the least. He might have been a good policeman, but as a human being, he left a lot to be desired. Chris is just as crazy in love with David as before, at least before it becomes obvious that something is simmering between David and his partner, and Ms. Brown excelled in these painful, emotional scenes. I can’t wait to see to what happens with Chris and David in the next release L.A. Bytes.

1 comment:

P.A.Brown said...

Thanks for the review. I'm glad the story touched you.