- Siren Publishing
- Release Date
- June 2011
- Book 1 of Lawful Disorder
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
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For three years after his lover left without a goodbye, the only people Detective Ryder Ward keeps close are his grandmother and his partner on the force. It's no wonder he's unprepared for the feelings Sidney Kessler awakens in him.
Finding himself naked and chained to a wall, imprisoned and tortured, and then dumped in the murky harbor weren't high on Sidney's list of things to do. Nor was waking up in the hospital and feeling drawn to the brooding detective stalking about his room. Still, he can't help but feel safe around Ryder.
Though reluctant to start a relationship with the vulnerable man, Ryder knows he's falling fast. He has a case to solve and a psycho to catch, though. He can't let his personal feelings stand in the way of his job, nor can he allow Sidney to become another body pulled from the bay.
Jun 20, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
255 people found the following review helpful
I'll admit up front that I am drawn to this author's voice and have enjoyed every book she's written. But wow, has she outdone herself with this one! With mystery and a darker storyline than usual, Gabrielle Evans has hit her stride with the first book in her Lawful Disorder series and I cannot wait to read the next.
In the three years since his lover left without explanation, the only people brooding Detective Ryder keeps close are his grandmother and his partner on the force. After months tracking a case where men are disappearing and then being found dead, victim Sidney Kessler is found alive. When he wakes up in the hospital frightened and confused, Sidney finds safety in Ryder. But Ryder is completely unprepared for the feelings Sidney stirs in him. Though reluctant to start a relationship with the vulnerable man, Ryder knows he's falling fast. But he still has a case to solve and a criminal to catch; and he can't let his feelings stand in the way of his job.
Both characters were well-developed, each given their own time to evolve as unique characters. The slow evolution of their relationship worked especially given the trauma Sidney underwent and Ryder's reluctance to get involved. Seriously, how often do you read a book where the lead characters spend more than a few days with each other before any sort of romance takes place? It was a refreshing change and allowed readers to know them as individuals first.
Secondary characters were good additions. The simple fact that he lived with his grandmother, who readily accepted him, spoke volumes about his character. Ms Evans interjects small details that set a stage for the stories she tells; and in this book, she creates a realistic and suspenseful story.
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