Monday, April 2, 2018

Hard Line by Sidney Bell

Premed student Tobias Benton is making amends for his past. He keeps his head down, mouth shut and colors within the lines. But when his close friend Ghost goes missing, Tobias will do whatever it takes to get answers—including using blackmail to enlist some help. The last thing he’s looking for is romance.

Private investigator Sullivan Tate isn’t above a little breaking and entering to solve a case, but when Tobias catches him in the act, it’s almost game over. Their uneasy alliance only gets more complicated when Sullivan learns that Tobias shares his interest in kink. Mixing sex and work could kill Sullivan’s career, but Tobias’s acceptance of Sullivan’s darkest urges is nearly impossible to resist.

Side by side, Tobias and Sullivan spend their days searching for the truth and their nights fulfilling their respective fantasies. But the answers they seek are far more dangerous than they realize, and soon they find themselves fighting for more than just each other.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love the complex characters in this book. Tobias is a star pupil struggling with his adoptive parents’ high expectations. Sullivan is an ambitious private investigator with unconventional methods. They shouldn’t work at all – but these two are fabulous together.

As with the first book, the Russian storyline doesn’t completely work for me. We get more background information and less mafia action in this second book, but the storyline doesn’t really conclude. The book starts when Tobias and Sullivan team up to look for Ghost – but after a complicated investigation, the ending left me with more questions than answers. I found this book slightly more plausible and I’m glad there is less time spent with the caricature-like Russian baddies.

This story’s strength is its characters and I especially loved the way Tobias finds the confidence he needs to assert himself and make choices for himself. I loved the culture clash between affluent Tobias and blue-collar Sullivan, and I really enjoyed some of the reflections on adoption race and family relationships. I enjoyed this story more than I did the first one and I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in creative writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. More realistic grown-ups eventually convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, though, which is how she ended up here. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games or supporting her local library by turning books in late.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hard Line (The Woodbury Boys #2) by Sidney Bell to read and review.

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