Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ARC Review: Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem, #1)From the blurb:

Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body. 
Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing. 
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

Heather's rating:

I'm a huge Rhys Ford fan. HUGE. I'm obsessed with her Cole McGinnis series, and I have my favorite coffee mug to prove it. 

I'm always a little apprehensive when I start a romantic suspense series. I mean, romantic suspense and I are not the best of friends, but I just LOVE Rhys other stuff so much that I had to give it a go.

I think that, overall, this is a really well conceived book. Lots of banter, lots of action, and some REALLY hot sexual chemistry between the two MCs. Give me a burly cop any day of the week!! *growls* In addition, the secondary characters really popped (adored Rook's grandfather), and I think the author did an awesome job creating a well-rounded cast.

Though I was pretty damn pleased with this book as a whole, I had a few little niggles. For one, please stop mentioning Rook's eyes being strange. It got really repetitive and old after awhile. Also, did anyone else think of The Two Gentlemen of Altona while reading this one? The two books struck me as really similar. Petty criminals getting involved in murder and getting it on with the cop involved in the case? Anyone? They both had similar sort of sarcastic senses of humor, and I just kept thinking of that book while reading this one, though the plots have little in common otherwise. Finally, I think I just wanted the characters to open up more. I'm guessing we'll get more of that in the next few books, but I felt a little disconnected from the guys, emotionally.

In the end, I finished this read with a smile on my face, and it was a no-brainer to round up to 4 stars. There is a ton of potential there.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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