Murder in the country.
A one-night stand that refuses to end.
Ghosts from the past that return to haunt.
Special Agent Ben Diggs can’t stand what has become of his life, so much so that he hits the road one night, maybe to crash his bike, maybe to drive off into the night and never be heard from again. But he meets Tanner Bagley, a rancher from rural Pennsylvania in a hick dive bar, and sparks fly. For the first time since everything went to hell, he feels alive again.
Ben runs from his emotions as a rule, and he flees in the middle of the night, trudging back to his dreary life in Baltimore and his failing job as a FBI agent. But then his team is assigned to investigate a murder in that same backwater township in Pennsylvania where he met Tanner, and it’s a different set of sparks that fly when faces Tanner again.
As the bodies start to pile up, tensions flare, and Ben is stuck between teammates that question his every move and a devastatingly handsome rancher whose heart he bruised. The lies keep piling up, and Ben is forced to stake his career – and his very life – on the trembling hopes of his wounded heart.
Deep in the countryside, someone is hunting gay men in Middle Creek, Pennsylvania… Gay men all with ties to Special Agent Diggs’ one-night-stand…
Author: Bailey Queen
Published by Nine Star Press Source: Publisher
Published: January 11, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, Suspense
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Compromised is a fast pace action story and it has all the ingredients that I am looking for into an M/M Romance: Action, mystery, steamy scenes and of course some love! Bailey Queen delivered just what the blurb promised and even more!
Ben is working for the FBI in Baltimore and has a lot of personal issues. He had his heart broken and he is terrified to open it again to love. Add his flashbacks from Iraq in the mix and that is making him a very quiet and messed up character. He his 32 and had not done his coming out yet. He is pretty sure that his colleagues and family won’t accept him as he is. Instead of being rejected by the others he is rejecting himself and not opening up to the others. The story begins with him deciding to get drunk to forget how miserable his life is. While drinking in a small town bar he met Tanner, his total opposite. A couple of drinks later, you can imagine how their night finished. Ben left their motel room in the middle of the night leaving Tanner sleeping there alone. Ben never thought he would see Tanner again. But when a homosexual man is killed in Middle Creek, he is part of the FBI task force that is called on site to solve the murders. When he learned that the victim was one of Tanner ex, he felt anxious and embarrassed to have to see him again. The reunion of Ben and Tanner did not go well and that is where all the fun begins!
The plot was well executed and it is non-stop action. I would have liked a couple of more chapters since the story is very interesting. I had serious doubts about who was behind the murders fairly soon in the book but it did not fall into the predictable category. I really enjoyed having Ben and Tanner in my life for a while. They are great characters and I truly enjoyed their story. Another element that added an interesting spin to the story is the fact that it is set in a small town. All the stigmas and gossip that we can find in this environment are present. I also liked the fact that Tanner was out and completely open about his sexuality and Ben closeted. The characters evolution is great and I loved that I was able to witness Ben’s growth throughout the story. Specifically, how he came to terms with his ghosts owns his emotions.
Thank You Bailey Queen for giving me back some hope that love might happen when we are less expecting it. This was exactly what I needed to read today. If you are into action and romantic suspense be sure to read this book! I definitely recommend it.