Title: Strip Search
A sexy stripper attempts to escape his dangerously obsessed boss while searching for his missing younger brother.
Stripping used to be fun, lucrative and a place for Dakota to practice for his professional dancing career. But the owner of Glitter Boys wants Dakota for himself and will stop at nothing to possess him. When his thirteen-year-old brother runs away from home to escape their abusive father, Dakota is determined to find him before something awful happens to him on the streets.
Patrol officer Reed hasn’t been attracted to a man in a very long time, but when he’s called to an assault in progress at the LGBTQ teen shelter, a young man approaches him, begging for help in finding his missing brother. An instant spark occurs, but he pushes it away. When the same man is attacked outside a strip club later that night, he discovers the desire is mutual.
As the two men learn more about each other and become closer, the specter of his obsessed ex-boss remains. In addition to that, Dakota has to fight the system to gain guardianship of his brother and keep him out of foster care. Dakota doesn’t know if the hunky cop he’s fallen so hard for can handle a relationship with an ex-stripper struggling to raise a teenager. But, will Reed be able to give up dating women for good and dedicate himself to their new family?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of sexual intimidation, scenes of mild physical assault and threats of sexual violence.
Publisher's Note: This book can be read as part of a series or as a standalone nove
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 #7
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: All Fired Up, Justice Prevails, Negotiating Love
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Genres: Crime Drama, Romantic Suspense
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I had great expectations for this book. All the elements were there to make it an interesting and entertaining read, but in the end, it was just okay. The first half was strong, the story is building up around Dakota’s brother that ran away from his parents home and Yuri, a creepy guy, that wanted Dakota all for himself. I was instantly hooked, Dakota is a stripper at glitter boys and is trying to save money to realize his dreams. He had a plan, ambition and wanted to anything that he can to get there. Reed is a bi cop. He only had been in a relationship with one guy and he has a teenage daughter. When he and Dakota met, he fell hard… and that’s when the story went downhill.
The second half of the book was about Dakota and Reed sensual and intimate discovery. That’s an amazing thing to have in any romance book, but in this case, that left little room for the story that was built-up in the first half. There are some graphic scenes, but nothing really shocking. There was passion and we can feel the chemistry between Dakota and Reed. It was well written and I enjoyed some of it. Too much is like not enough, having a couple of them back to back, just got me out of the story and I struggled to keep reading it. However, some of those scenes could have been easily left out of the story and that would have been fine with me. Doing so would have given the Yuri and Donny plots more depth and a satisfying ending.
I really liked the scenes that were set at the Glitter Boys Bar, in fact, all the scenes that Dakota was dancing. I also liked the interactions between Yuri and Dakota. You can touch and smell the fear of Dakota when Yuri was around. This guy wanted him and would not stop until he gets what he wants. When Dakota’s mother went to visit him, it was a highly emotional charged scene, I could feel all the desperation that both of them were feeling. Dakota wanted to help his brother so much, but he was not quite sure how he could succeed at that. Reed was the rational one, I loved when he went camping with his daughter and they had their heart to heart talk and when Carlos asked him if he was gay.
The ending felt rushed and I was disappointed. The epilogue provided answers to what happened next, but it was like having a slice of cake in front of me and have someone taking it away. That is leaving me wondering if the background story was just a mean to an end (having Dakota meeting Reed) instead of exploring fully the story. It is extremely frustrating.
Characters are quite well built, but it falls short story wise. I would also have loved to see a clash between the striptease bar and a cop. Having that unconditional acceptance from Reed bugged me because, I’ll be honest if I were to meet someone that is dancing I would have a lot of questions and I doubt that a relationship will start as fast as this one, but hey I might just be a little too realistic.
I am not planning to read the other installments in this series, it was missing that wow factor.