Review: Held Hostage (Sin City Uniforms #4) by Morticia Knight

July 7, 2015 Review 0

Review: Held Hostage (Sin City Uniforms #4) by Morticia Knight

SWAT officer, Cole, can handle just about anything, until he rescues Brett—a man who makes him question all he’s ever believed about love.

As a member of the Las Vegas Police Department's SWAT team, Cole has seen his fair share of danger, but he's never taken a chance on love. He's willing to have some fun when the mood strikes him, but he's married to the job. Called in on a hostage situation, Cole is prepared for anything and everything…except for the brave and beautiful Brett.

Brett has been burned before, most recently by Officer Parker McLean. He's hoping to settle down in Vegas, perhaps find someone he can build a life with. The last thing Brett's looking for is another man in uniform. But when he meets Cole, there's an attraction that can't be denied. Still, he hadn’t expected to fall for the chiseled alpha.

What begins as nothing more than two people experiencing a great night together spirals into something far deeper. But will Brett be able to handle the stress that comes with having a lover who constantly puts his life in jeopardy? And can Cole risk his heart on an everyday hero, or will the job he knows so well remain his top priority?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of mild BDSM.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

Title: Held Hostage
Author: Morticia Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dangerous Wish, What's His Passion?, All Fired Up, Hard Riders Anthology
Series: Sin City Uniforms
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: All Fired Up, Justice Prevails, Negotiating Love, Strip Search
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: July 7, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 160
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

I completely loved this book!  It started out with some heavy action and continued in that way for a good portion of the story.  There were some slower, less dramatic portions of the book, but this was, after all, a romance.  There did need to have some time for that to develop.

Cole was a member of the SWAT team in Las Vegas.  I think I get tired just thinking about being a cop of any kind in Las Vegas.  Sin City.  The City that never sleeps.  Idiots abound.  Desperation springs up with every lost game.  Anything truly can and does happen in Las Vegas.  Cole is one of the “entry” guys on the SWAT team.  That means he is among the first to enter the middle of a situation.  A rather dangerous job.  Therefore he has decided that he cannot, and will not, maintain any long term, committed relationships as long as he is an active duty police officer.  He does not want to leave a mate alone and hurting if he should die on the job.  A somewhat noble, if misguided and lonely ideal.  It’s going to be twelve more years before he retires.

In the mean-time, there is Steve.  A fellow SWAT member and buddy with benefits.  Although not exclusive, they have been having a “relationship” for years.  But, because they aren’t exclusive, and/or maybe because they are both cops, it doesn’t count as a relationship? *shrugs* Maybe not the committed relationship with marriage at the end, but in my humble opinion, it was a relationship.

We met Brett in Book 2 – Copping an Attitude.  He was the traveling district manager that had been seeing Parker before he found his love in Slade.  Brett has since accepted simple friendship with Parker and Slade.  Dissatisfaction with his job and lifestyle has spurred Brett to move to Vegas and “settle down.”  But, Brett is lonely.  He wants his own love.  Maybe some day . . .

I will note here, that yes you can potentially read this as a stand-alone story, but you will miss out on the back stories of some of the other characters.  Beau and Austin from the last book, Justice Prevails, also appear in this story.  Having read the earlier books in the series just prepares you for who they are.  Each story features one couple, but the other couples do show up and participate.

As for Cole and Brett, how they finally met was hair-raising.  Cole was worried about his job.  This meeting rather forcefully points out that it doesn’t really matter what kind of job one has.  Stuff happens.  One can get hurt, or even killed, no matter what you do or where you are.  This was one of those OMG scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, biting my nails, and flipping pages just as fast as I could.  It was very well written and riveting.  Needless to say, I was totally hooked and could not put the book down until the last page.

The action in the book was fantastic!  The romance was well done too.  There was the spark of course, and some hot, slightly kinky sex, but all was not instant perfection.  Even with the romance there were some “oh noes!” and will it survive?

Fans of romantic suspense, men in uniform, and/or m/m romance will not want to miss this book.  Or this series.  Each book in the series is better than the last one.  Get that one click finger limbered up, check the couch cushions for some spare cash, and rush to get this.  You won’t be disappointed.

I look forward to the next book.  I hope it tells us what Steve is up to.  Inquiring minds want to know.

 

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