Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.
I have been excited about this book ever since I found out that there was gonna be a sequel to “Murder and Mayhem”. I absolutely loved that book and I had very high expectations for this second one.
Thankfully my expectations were met. 😉
Now let me start off by saying, that this book can not be read as a stand alone. It’s a continuing storyline about the couple from book 1.
Rook and Dante. I still love their names…so freaking cool!
Now I am gonna try and keep out any major spoilers because I think mystery books like these, should be read spoiler-free.
After the shitstorm that happened in book 1, Dante and Rook are still together and very much in love. That, however, doesn’t mean that things are always easy. Rook is kind of missing his thieving ways…and Dante knows that there are times that Rook’s flight response wants to kick in.
He is worried that Rook might run one day…
Things get even more complicated for the two of them when Rook finds himself in the middle of yet another crime scene. A crime scene involving his very dead, and very murdered cousin Harold.
The detective leading this murder case has set his sights on Rook and Harold’s wife as suspects, and he is not willing to let go without a fight. Rook is gonna need all the help he can get…especially when things go from bad to worse.
Especially when things go from bad to worse.
Thankfully he has his amazing cop boyfriend Dante to lean on, and Dante and his awesome partner Camden, are not about to let go without a fight either… That’s not all the support Rook has though. There is also Alex, his cousin and Alex’s boyfriend James And let’s not forget about his very old, cranky and snarky grandfather Archie. They were all great side characters, just like in the previous book!
It was wonderful seeing the relationship between Rook and Dante grow and to see them get closer. These two were so sweet and hot together and Rook slowly starts to open up more.
The mystery part was captivating, and the twists kept coming. I didn’t expect anything less from Rhys Ford though.
Now there is one thing I just need to get out, and that’s the reference that was made about the movie “Clerks”. I am a huge fan of this movie and I just couldn’t leave this review without a little wave to Dante from “Clerks”. 😛
I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend this series to everyone who likes a romance/ mystery/suspense story.