Homicide detective Tori Hunter was used to doing things her way. But even after six different partners in seven years, she was not prepared for the hot-tempered Samantha Kennedy. Samantha, on the other hand, was trying to juggle a new job and a demanding boyfriend and now finds herself with an even greater challenge - being partnered with the most difficult detective in the entire squad. After a brief terrorist scare disrupts their serial killer investigation, the two women find themselves growing closer. Sam begins to question the relationship with her longtime boyfriend, and Tori, never one to allow anyone to get too close, begins to feel her defenses slipping in Sam's presence. While facing a serial killer and drug deals gone bad, the two detectives struggle with their feelings, trying to maintain their professional relationship while keeping their nearly flammable physical relationship in check.
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I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.
I was impressed by this one, as the previous one from Gerri Hill did not have the same spark as this one. It's a f/f romance which develops between a brash detective in Dallas homicide and her newly assigned Partner (who did not realise she was actual a lesbian). The relationship develops as they go about solving a string of murders.
Very well narrated by Abbey Craden, and the story moves quickly and the romance develops in a perfect manner. The action scenes are very well done. The only reason for four stars is a bit of awkwardness in a few areas (the department's head response to Hunter is always the same sequence (wth, no, well okay, be careful), some of the romance was too close, time wise to the crime events, so didn't feel realistic, one character changed his homomorphic views too quickly, imo). But I don't what to dwell on these as they are just thoughts for improving. It's one of the top f/f romance/crime stories in audiobook format at moment.
Loved the way the characters were brought to live. The love story going on did not distract from the criminal story line it enhanced it. Can't wait for all her books to be available on Audible.
I decided to purchase this story based on the reviews and the preview. It definitely didn't disappoint, though at times I found it a little predictable and possible a bit slow the story line was good.
The narrator did a great job, and was good at creating different voices for each characters. In fact one of the best on here!
Overall it's pretty good, and definitely worth a listen!
"Enjoying the story"
I'm still listening to this but I have to say that the performance is really marred for me by the over-enunciation of the narrator. No, I don't think it's necessary to make sure that ever final "t" is totally enunciated before the primary "t" of the following word when narrating an audible book. I'm sure your diction and pronunciation is perfect elocution-wise but it's just damn annoying when you find yourself as the listener anticipating it.
For example, to enunciate "she leT Tori go" with an awkward and overly pronounced T at the end of leT and another at the beginning of Tori. Much more natural and easier on the ears to elide a little and soften the end T and elide into the next T. Sounds totally unnatural to my hearing at least.
Otherwise, I'm enjoying the story line and plot!
"I love this book!"
Give us more Gerri Hill. The chemistry and portrayal of the character was great. I loved the evolution.
"Top knotch Police portrayal / Love Story"
This book is my absolute fav. when the Audible version came out, I had to have it. Tori is such a strong character that allows the listener to join her in her thoughts and work. Sam compliments her in so many ways. I feel a bond with these characters that I feel hurt theres an ending.
Got to wondering about half way through this book if it was a detective story or a gay rights manifesto/romance type book. Turns out, it was a bit of both; a book with a pretty good murder mystery in it along with a pretty strong story about how women in a traditionally mail job had to work twice as hard to be accepted as competent, especially if gay. And to top it off, there's a burgeoning romance sub-plot between two women, one gay and the other in a straight relationship who becomes interested in the gay women.
Tori Hunter is the veteran homicide cop who is also a lesbian, and doesn't hide it. She can't get along with a male partner though. Along comes Samantha, a beautiful girl (what else, can't have an ugly girl, can we...) from a different department who has just transferred into homicide and is partnered up with Hunter.
Samantha is straight, has a boyfriend, and really wants to fit into homicide, but she also runs into the various anti-woman characters. As their partnership forms, Sam realizes she's got feelings for Hunter, and the rest goes along rather predictably. Then, the murder gets interesting, and the relationship becomes background, then the relationship becomes primary, and the murder gets interesting, and so on and so forth.
It actually made for a pretty darn good book, beyond some of the predictability. Let me stress, only the relationship issues were predicable, and a bit tiring at times, honestly. I mean, seriously: dump the guy Sam, and go with your heart, already, would you? Don't worry about him. He's a typical shallow guy. He'll find another girl and be fine. Quit worrying about him and worry about you.
Message is finally received and the bad guy is pursued and finally caught, which is the more interesting part of the story. The guys in the unit are impressed, and as the sun sets, all is well.
Pretty good book. No sordid sex scenes, which I appreciated, given the tendencies of many "romance" novels these days, and a pretty good murder mystery.
I laughed hard at Tory's antics. I own a hard copy of this book but I'm really grateful for Abby Cradden's narration of this. just really brought it to life for me.
"Great storyline and intrigue"
Very good characters, easy to follow ,good story telling both by the author and the narrator. Could've gone on for more hours. I am ready for the sequels . The actual sex scenes were appropriate and touching and hot, but it screamed of reality and I like that. Lots of hours to listen to and pass the time .I never got bored or confused at where things were going -not once!
I enjoyed the story line as well as the narrator. This is second novel I have thoroughly enjoyed. The narrator has this dialect that is professional and fun to listen to. Gerri the author knocks it out the park again.
Wow! Plot is outta sight -- story is absolutely off the chart -- Hill has a talent for weaving a wonderful in depth story and with Abby reading -- who wee! I want more Ms Hill -- you are a writing ass!! Lol keep them coming!!
"Best Book Ever, Mystery, Romance, Humor, LOVED IT"
I have read the book like 10 to 15 times in my life, it is one of my favorite books of all times, Now that my MS has advanced to the point were I can no longer pick up a book and just read it as I once did, being able to lister to Hunter and Sam meet and solve a crime again with the humor and romance in the novel that Ms. Hill wrote into the story, well it is just awesome, And I now Pick up my kindle and once or twice a year return to Sam and Hunter and listen to the story and again enjoy anew -well It is just awesome.
The way Ms Hill wrote the building relationship between Sam and Hunter. That she took slow but fast if you understand me. Two people never belong together more then those to, but she let them fall slowly in love as bad things happened to them, especial when Sam was raped. But that also served as a way to bring them so very close and away from Sam's really stupid boyfriend.
I guess when they finally make love for the first time in Tori's bed where they had been staying after Sam's rape. It just was right and slow and Sam was the one in charge. Because Tori was so afraid of hurting her. But it just became kind of magical for both of them. I liked it a lot, and it was about more then just sex. There was so much trust issues going on from both of them. Tori was scared too.
I wish I had that kind of time, Yes I wish I could just sit and listen to all at once, but sad to say life gets in the way. So I only get a few hours here or there to listen, mostly in bed. Then the next night I have to start on the chapter I remember falling asleep on. Over and Over until I sure I have listened to it all. But Wow what a story.
Hopefully they will record all of the Tori Hunter and Sam, and Conner stories. The next whose name has slipped my mind is about the death of a priest and they split Tori and Sam up and Tori gets a new partner named Conner, I think it called In the Name of the Father and it would be great if they would record it and another called Partners but I could be wrong on the last one, I just want more Hill recorded.
"Important trigger warnings."
I don't normally write reviews, but there's a few important things prospective listeners should know before purchase.
First and foremost, the story includes a fairly graphic rape scene. I personally had trouble with it, probably would not have made the purchase had I know earlier; so if this is a triggering topic, then you might want to find a different title. The characters also move past the emotional fallout of the assault quite quickly, which bothered me a bit given my experiences.
Second, this title deals with some transgender issues in the story. The author seemed to attempt to approach the topic with some sensitivity (from the point of view of the main character), especially given that the book was written over a decade ago. However, the author/characters conflate transgender with transvestite, misgender characters at times (and the minor offense of using the term 'transgendered'), and reinforce the trope of "men in dresses". I personally don't feel that it was done maliciously, but it was still uncomfortable to read and more than a little disappointing.
As for the story, it's entertaining and a good read, but not a masterpiece. Furthermore the character of "Sam" sees too little character development and needs saving so often, it stretches her credibility as a detective. But in the end, I'll give the story 3 1/2 stars, rounded up because I do like a good crime thriller.
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