Saturday, December 21, 2013

Grime Doesn’t Pay

Author: AZ Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN/BIN: 9781623005863
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Eddie Vasquez is smitten. From the moment he laid eyes on his niece Lucy’s teacher, Andrew Daley, he couldn’t stop thinking about him.  He dresses up to drop Lucy off at school but gets tongue-tied when talking with Andrew. The problem as Eddie sees it—the difference in their education levels and Andrew loves all things books, while Eddie has severe dyslexia.

Finding Eddie’s favorite former teacher, confused and wandering the grade school halls brings them together. Mrs. Henderson’s mental state isn’t her only problem—there’s an odor of decomposition on her clothing. Helping her means explaining about Eddie’s crime scene clean-up business, which has run off men before. Fortunately Eddie’s job doesn’t drive Andrew. In fact, it comes in handy when Andrew’s father gets in trouble for being a hoarder and he has to clean up his property—or else. Can two vastly different men find enough common ground to build a committed, lasting relationship?

Grime Doesn’t Pay is the newest release in ZA Maxfield’s The Brothers Grime series. I love surprises and this book is full of them. I mean really—who’d think the job of crime scene clean-up would be the perfect business for the leads in a series? The talented ZA Maxfield, that’s who. She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and sensitivity, and has done it again with the difficult problems facing Eddie and Andrew.

It’s not exactly normal getting-to-know-you date material for two guys to deal with decomposition, dyslexia and a hoarding father. Yet, this author has taken these rather dramatic topics and successfully turned them into the backbone on which she built this romance. Yes, the story is unsetting, makes you think and is even a little uncomfortable but Ms. Maxfield does it all without making you feel sorry for Eddie or the others. She helps you to understand the problems and its still makes it sexy and entertaining.

Getting to see the characters we met in the previous release is nice, as was Eddie’s sibling dropping in to help with the clean up at Andrew’s father’s home. As much as I enjoyed the scenes with Ms. Henderson, those including Andrew’s dad were some of the best in the book—strong, thought provoking and even painful at times, but giving a real insight into Andrew. Good job, Ms. Maxfield. 

Really, I could go on and on about this book and what I like about it, so instead I suggest you get Grime Doesn’t Pay and read Eddie and Andrew’s story for yourself. I think you’ll find the well written and plotted story as  compelling as I did.

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