- Triad Literary
- Release Date
- February 2014
- Book 2 of N'awlins Exotica
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Livin' in N'awlins ain't all that easy…
Kajika Fortier loves his job, the attention he gets from onlookers, and Frankie Choteau. However, his new partner's jealousy, mood swings, and over protectiveness drives Kajika to the brink but at the same time, excites him to no end.
To complicate things further, a murderer is on the loose looking for blood. All three of the killer's victims are strippers which not only makes Frankie nervous about Kajika's safety but leaves him questioning his love for being a homicide detective. Coupled with the stresses of cold cases as well as some fellow officers shunning him for coming out, Frankie is having second thoughts about staying in New Orleans. Despite the encouragement from Vance, Kenina, and Orrin as well as new chief Quinn Murray, Frankie is wondering if his life's passion really is to catch the killers.
Will the new couple survive these new issues that impede their nearly perfect union? Or will the relationship fail, thus leaving Kajika alone and a target for New Orleans latest serial killer? Detective Choteau and Kajika's commitment to one another is being tested in more ways than one and they only have one another to lean on.
Apr 25, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
I have to say I read the first one in this series, I Like 'Em Pretty, about the story of Kajika Fortier and Frankie Choteau and enjoyed it more than Book 2.
In this book, there's a nasty murderer on the loose and Kajika is at risk himself after one of his friends is killed at the hands of a maniac. Stress and the whole personal touch of this case puts Frankie on edge and leads him to be rather more possessive towards his boyfriend than Kajika can manage. And when Frankie starts doubting himself and laying down the law, it's a tricky time for both of them.
I think the characters of Kajika and Frankie are well created and explored--the gorgeous, sought after and sexy dancer, and the rough and tough cop. I think they fit well together and have a relationship that could weather the extremes of the situations they find themselves in. Whew, New Orleans seems to be a pretty dangerous place for these two individuals.
In I LOVE IT ROUGH though, there were a couple of jarring episodes, which I don't want to go into detail for fear of creating spoilers. Needless to say, Frankie does something I didn't quite take to and found that sort of flawed him a little too much for me. I love flawed men--hell, I create them myself--but it depends in which way they end up being less than perfect. Yes, this is a big bad, ugly world and we all feel the need to break out of it sometimes, but that's what a committed partner is for. To lean on when times get tough, to lend their support and do a bit of give and take.
And I had absolutely no inkling on the direction the book was taking about two thirds of the way through and the change threw me a bit. Again, I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment by telling you what it was. You will need to read the story to find out.
It's hot, it's sexy, it's fraught with human frailty, obsessions and emotions, and set in a riveting world of murder, mayhem, treachery and of course, love and passion. Michael Mandrake writes hot, wicked characters and scenes that leave you positively sizzling. But I wanted to enjoy this book more, hence the 3 stars.
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