Title: Slow Burn
Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.
Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist.
Author: Sam B Morgan
Published by Loose ID Source: Purchased for Self
Published: January 7, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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After an on the job injury homicide detective Douglas Brody gets forced to desk duty and physical therapy. Brody doesn’t want either of these. He wants nothing more than to get back to his case of chasing down the Strangler. This is a serial that he has pursued since his rookie days. The last thing he wants is another innocent victim to lose their life while he is keeping a chair warm on desk duty and doing stretching exercises at physical therapy.
Zack knows a difficult patient when he sees one. In his time as a physical therapist he has seen some troublesome patients. He knows Brody is one of those patients that will challenge him at every opportunity. Zack is dedicated to his job and getting his patient back to their everyday normal lives. He knows Brody is a patient he can get back to where he needs to be. Zack is just hoping that the attraction that sparks between him and the closeted cop doesn’t leave him needing therapy in the end.
For Brody everything is black and white, right or wrong, and always separate and compartmentalized. He grew up in a police captain’s home where homosexuality was wrong. Brody knows he prefers men over women. He enjoys the company of men when he is away from Charleston where he always keeps his trysts to nameless one time affairs. Zack has been someone’s dirty little secret before and he has no desire to spend time in another man’s closet ever again. Zack knows that with Brody he will once again be spending time in another man’s closet, Brody’s closet. Brody is the challenging, tempting forbidden fruit that has Zack wandering into that closet for a sample of the temptation.
Zack is one of those characters that you can’t help but like. He is sweet and charming and surfer boy sexy. Brody has just enough hard edge that makes any reader see that he is capable of the compromise that is needed for him to get the happily ever after that he deserves. The personality traits of Brody and Zack complement each other so well. They were a pleasure to read. The murder mystery wrapped up a little too quickly and conveniently, but this is a romance and the romance took precedence over the crime solution.