Sunday, August 8, 2010

Billionaire’s Row


Title: Billionaire’s Row
Author: Sullivan Wheeler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-521-0
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Detective Michael Weiss isn’t happy. He lives a closeted life, works with a partner overly concerned with looking good on camera and his lover is a reporter, using him as an information source. When the body of famous defense attorney Craig Davies is found murdered on the front lawn of former television star Sam Christiansen, the media goes on a feeding frenzy.

Everyone is looking to Michael for a quick answer and nothing about the case lends itself to the words quick or easy, because nothing is as it appears on the surface. There’s one layer of complexity after another and the relationships are just as twisted as the lies. He’s drawn tighter into the weave as his feelings for Sam grow stronger but even that must take a backseat when a new threat comes to the forefront that could end both their lives.

Billionaire’s Row isn’t really a romance so if that what you’re expecting, this book isn’t for you. It’s more a police procedural type of story; filled with the perfect victim, multiple suspects and a unique and interesting setting. Michael’s not a hero in the usual sense of the word; he drinks too much, often turns up at murder scenes drunk and pukes on the lawn. I understand why he’s afraid of stepping out of the closet but I don’t know why he constantly ignores his family’s attempts to communicate with him. At times, it doesn’t make him very likable, but I appreciate that he’s a dedicated police officer determined to bring a killer to justice and he falls in love while doing it.

Michael’s relationship with Sam doesn’t start until almost halfway through the story when the actor suddenly returns to town, which is a bit unusual, and while it might bother some readers, it didn’t me. The chemistry between Michael and Sam is immediate and builds to a passionate and intense relationship quickly. While they have little in common on the surface beyond the physical, they seem to care for one another and manage to stay together and move forward, even after Sam’s house is torched.

I must say that I wasn’t expecting the revelation of the true identity of the villain or what almost happens to Michael near the end. And as in all these types of books, the villain does get their just desserts by the final scenes and Sam and Michael will have the happy ending they both want. Does the story have issues I wish would have been resolved? Yes. Did I enjoy reading the book? Again, yes.

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