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Summary

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’ career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas’ hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’ unorthodox - and borderline unethical - methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder - is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?

©2017 L. A. Witt and Cari Z. (P)2018 Riptide Publishing

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Even better the second time around!

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Can a book be even better the second time around? Why, yes, it can, especially when Michael Ferraiuolo is the one narrating it!

Okay, so I read this series when it came out the first time and I loved it. It has such a fantastic balance between Darren and Andreas being forced to work together as partners and Darren realizing Andreas is not quite as everyone perceives him, the underlying attraction between them and the complex case Darren and Andreas find themselves working on. 

Everyone at the precinct thinks Andreas Ruffner is a dirty cop and a drug addict that gets away with murder because of his ability to close more cases by himself than other detective couples. Being forced to work with newly-minted detective Darren Corliss makes Andreas even grumpier than usual, but as they work together, both of them start seeing the other in a new light and discovering that this partnership might actually work. 

Andreas is a gruff, hardworking, rough around the edges police detective and has no patience for fools (which is like 95% of his coworkers, with the exception of Paula, Darren and sometimes their chief) and with a soft spot for his kids. Darren is way younger and newer at being a detective, but equally hardworking and steadfast. At first, he's not sure what to make of Andreas, but one thing is certain, the man gets results no matter what he does to get them. I loved that they were both unsure what to make of the other at first, but slowly began trusting each other and actually becoming friends before they gave in to the attraction they felt for each other. Darren gave Andreas something he hadn't even known he'd been missing, a partner he could rely on and trust that would have his back in all things and he was prepared to support Darren in the same way, especially after they both confided in each other, Andreas with the reason for him popping pills and Darren with his brother's illness. 

L.A, Witt and Cari Z. did such a fantastic job with their collaboration, the writing is stellar and the case was interesting, fast-paced, well-thought-out and it was great seeing how things developed until they came to a head. And while there are 3 more books in this arc, this installment ends in a satisfying manner and whets your appetite for the next one. 

While I really enjoyed Risky Behavior the first time around, let me tell you that listening to Michael Ferraiuolo performing it just brings it to a whole other level of excellence. Really, the ebooks were great, but the audio is brilliant. Michael did such an awesome job bringing Darren and Andreas to life and making the story even better for me. 

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Fabulously narrated cop drama, with each MC having their own "voice". Slow burn plot, twisting the yarns to pull all the threads to a full on action finish. Well written, good dialogue, showcased an intelligent tale and intelligent well-balanced MCs. No stupid or silly shenanigans here, also not a vehicle for soft porn. The passion and physical interaction was true to the story. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO.

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Enjoyable story

The story and characters  are engaging and the narrator has very distinctive voices for each character, always a plus for me.

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A bad experience

Having bought both the kindle book and the audio book. I was surprised to have difficulties with both, The story was a great disappointment; weak writing couldn't fill out the quite good plot.
The Audio didn't download beyond chapter two, although it said that there was 7 hours yet to go. The following hours of frustration with Audiobooks to try and get it to download correctly, or to get a refund, ended in me writing it off as a bad loss.
Saddest of all, the reader's voice was the major selling point.

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  • Breanna B
  • 23-02-18

Action pack

What to say with out spoiling the book..... well first off this book is amazing. I loved the characters and they were well developed. My only complaint is that i wish that there was maybe more sex scenes.
This book had me on the edge of my seat scared for the characters. The narrator did a wonderful job and i can’t wait to listen to more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-19

Great start to this series and great narration

Really enjoyed this. It has a bit of a "noir" feel to it, even though it's a contemporary novel. The story is compelling, and it was easy to connect with the main characters, Andreas and Darren and feel their connection. Its not a light read, but has its humorous moments. This was the first time I've listened to Michael Ferraiuolo and I wished I'd listened to him sooner! He really made this story come to life and I look forward to listening to more of him.

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  • Cat
  • 06-03-18

Take a Risk on this!

Andreas doesn't always play by the rules but he has the highest arrest record in the force. IA is sure he is a dirty cop and keep placing partners with him. hey never last long
Until Darren comes along.Darren is used to cops and badasses. His stepdad was the commissioner.
Andreas doesn't make it easy though. Finally, Darren earns his trust.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. the story is fast-paced and interesting. I loved both Darren and Andreas. I am looking forward to more in this series

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  • Kari Lee
  • 25-02-18

Excellent Read

Loved the story. Enough intrigue and suspense without being angsty. The main Andres and Darren are interesting, amusing , cranky and likable. Family and colleague interactions round out the story line. The narration was excellent.

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  • Alfie-SageNYC
  • 16-02-18

A Lovely Surprise

I really like this book. It had all the right stuff to make it enjoyable...action, suspense and romance. I would highly recommend this.

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  • AmeliaD
  • 16-11-18

Tell me a story

I love romance, especially M/M, but give me a story to go along with it, specifically, a story with some grit, and some teeth, and a good dose of reality. I want to see real men leading real lives, and dealing with the missteps and misadventures of attempting to forge a relationship through it all. These authors succeed spectacularly with this series. Not only is the story of Andreas and Darren irresistibly romantic, it portrays the day-to-day difficulties and dangers and general aggravation of life as a police officer quite well. This makes for a totally believable police procedural, with the romance placed firmly in its proper perspective. Kudos to the authors. This is no mean feat. I also like the fact that at least one of these authors obviously has spent some time on a gun range, and is familiar with the weapons about which she is writing. I haven't seen that enough over the years, even with bestselling authors (e.g.: Stephen King's constant stupidity of putting safeties on revolvers. In my 20 years in law enforcement, I have never seen a revolver with a safety). Thank you, ladies, for knowing your stuff. You call a magazine a magazine (not a clip), and at least one of you knows how to hold a gun. Good job.
I would like very much to see these authors team up again and create another near-perfect partnership like Andreas and Darren. Awesome.

Now, the narrator. Great job. Performing a narrative is no simple task, and it requires a special talent to do it well. The narrator of these books does it quite well. Each character has their own unique voice, and I seldom had difficulty differentiating them. Andreas' cynicism and sarcasm, Darren's enthusiasm and youthful self-assuredness, Captain Hamilton's world-weariness, all come through in the narrator's voice. He seldom steps out of character. Job well done.

Great story, Great series.

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 24-04-21

Action adventure with MM romance!

This book could easily be in the thriller/action genre category it’s so good! Of course mainstream action books usually don’t have such hot sexy gay romance woven into the story! As a whole, this story met my action junkie needs AND introduced me to a fantastic MM couple. Great characters, excellent plot. Michael Ferraiuolo is one of my favorite voice actors- he brings this story to life with excellently placed pauses, laughs, sighs, he acts the story out so well you can literally feel the character emotions.

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  • Sara Ella
  • 06-02-21

Detective story with a twist - so COOL!

Gritty detective story that keeps you guessing. Both Andreas and Darren both have interesting perspectives and are read so clearly by Michael Ferraiuolo. I love the details in regards to a policeman's life. Once you start this one, you will not want to stop!

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  • Texan2
  • 26-01-21

Brilliant

Terrific story and characters , with the always amazing Micheal F. Never , ever disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-01-21

easy listen

it is a good story, it just annoys me that a detective is stupid enough to put his fingerprints on evidence. that makes no sense, and i hope that in real life they aren't really that dumb.
otherwise a good listen, that i recommend