Monday, February 28, 2011

Hot Lava

Title: Hot Lava
Author: Rob Rosen
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-159-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Chase decided to put his severance package to good use by taking a trip to Hawaii. Chase has a fear of flying so he invites his best friend Brandon along, for psychological support. Also heading for Oahu is Will Stevenson, a FBI agent delivering a prisoner to stand trial. Hours after the plane lands, Chase, Brandon and Will are embroiled in a complicated undercover investigation of multiple murders and mayhem.

Hot Lava is a well-written fast moving hilarious crime-solving parody with a few superbly expressive sex scenes. The characters are true to life with fantastic interaction. The mystery begins with an escaped convict’s dead body washing up on shore. Chase and Brandon have very similar personalities; both are a little slutty, although Chase exhibits this tendency more so than Brandon. Chase and Brandon are smart, excellent at problem-solving, in addition to being adventurous. Both men are eager for a chance to play amateur sleuths. Chase grudgingly agreed to going undercover as their drag alter-egos, Liza and Judy. Brandon, as Liza, always ends up being the pretty one. Brandon’s drag DNA ensures that he looks good in a dress, much to Chase’s consternation.

The secondary characters enhance the plot with pandemonium. Following the trail of bodies, Chase and Brandon along with their friends are able to gather the particulars of the deadly scheme in progress, as well as the names of the guilty participants. Rob Rosen has created a spectacular saga that I tremulously enjoyed.

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