Monday, October 10, 2011

Inland Empire

Title: Inland Empire
Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-444-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Recovered from his injuries, Agent Nick O'Malley heads to Riverside California, center of the Inland Empire to visit his lover, Det. Brandon Carr and pick up his vehicle from the impound lot. Nicky’s not there long before his impressive computer skills gets him sucked into the middle of Brandon’s task force investigation. But being in such close proximity to Brandon with so many cops around constantly threatens to out his lover. The question is whether their relationship can survive the strain of working together or the danger of the criminal they’re tracking.   

Inland Empire is the second release in James Buchanan’s series Taking the Odds and it takes up a few weeks after the first book left off. Due to the continuation of the relationship between Nick and Brandon, it’s advisable to read Cheating Chance first. Please note that this story was first released by another publisher in 2009. 

This book has a lot going for it. At its heart is the relationship of Brandon and Nick which, at times, is hot and passionate and at others, is strained and intense. It’s balanced nicely against a police procedural as they work with a large task force investigating a gang murder, prostitution, illegal gambling and human trafficking ring.  Add in some realistic secondary characters, lots of action, homophobia from multiple sources and plenty of misunderstandings and you’ve got everything needed to keep your attention. And the conflicts between Brandon and Nick just keep coming to the point where Nick is ready to break up with his lover because he’s acting like a jerk. There’s also some fun and lighthearted, bantering conversations between Brandon and his partner Weaver and even Nick and Weaver. Take it from me. I enjoyed this one and I think you will too.

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