Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Strip: Tease and Search

Title: Strip: Tease and Search
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren -Bookstrand
Publisher’s URL: http://www.bookstrand.com
ISBN: 1619263238
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Mystery, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Kellen Ross may only know police procedure from watching TV, but even he knows that the cops don’t seem too interested in what he has to say about the murder he witnessed.  When one of the officers pulls him aside, giving him the name of former detective Michael Hunter, Kellen has no idea how much his life is about to change. 

Strip: Tease and Search follows Ms. Evan’s Lipstick and Handcuffs. While some time has past since the end of the first story, Strip: Tease and Search, the second story in the Lawful Disorder series, still involves the Claw and Dagger group from the first book.  Kellen witnesses the murder of Kenny, whom readers may remember from the first story.  Called to the scene are Ryder and Michael.   Michael’s slightly confused when he finds himself feeling more than a little protective of the witness.  The two detectives barely get started when they find themselves removed from the case and after walking away from the force, Michael does not think he will ever see the younger man again.    Once they are forced together, however, the connection between them is hard to miss.  It’s easy to understand Michael’s confusion where Kellen is concerned.  The detective has never felt any attraction towards another man; in fact, Kellen is the only one that seems to do it for him.   Michael’s reaction to the situation he finds himself in is brought across realistically by the author.  

Kellen has his own issues.  Not only does he have someone trying to make sure he keeps his mouth shut about what he saw, but he also finds himself deeply attracted to the obviously straight cop.  Kellen has also learned to expect the worst from others so the young dancer knows that eventually, the other shoe is sure to fall if he decides to follow up on that attraction.  Kellen is a character that I found myself liking right away.  He’s caught a lot of bad breaks in his life, but there is a spunkiness about him that you can’t help but like.  The two men must work through a few misunderstandings before their relationship can really come together but that does not keep them from heating up the pages. 

The author has also woven a murder mystery throughout the course of Strip: Tease and Search and brings past characters back to help the two men out.  While it is easy to figure out who the bad guys are, the mystery will still hold the readers interest until the end.  Fans of Ms. Evan’s should pick up this story as it is a very entertaining story and a perfect follow up to the first book.

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