Guest Reviewed by Candace
Title: Mexican Heat
Author: Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon
Heroes: Crimes & Cocktails #1
Heroes: Gabriel Sandalini, aka Giovanni Contadino, and Antonio Lorenzo, aka Miguel Ortega
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: October 26, 2008
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A new romantic crime series from the combined talents of popular award winning authors Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon. Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli — including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli’s hired guns. But Gabriel’s best laid plans may come crashing down around him when he falls hard for the sexy, suave lieutenant of a rival Mexican drug lord. Turns out his new love interest may have a few secrets of his own: secrets that could destroy both men and the fragile bond between them.
This was my first experience with M/M Romance, and what an experience it was! From the first encounter between Gabriel and Miguel, I was left breathless and wanting more interaction between the two.
Gabriel, a bad boy on the outside, uses random sexual encounters as a way of preventing any real connections, and clearly gets way more than he bargains for after his steamy first encounter with the extremely sensual Miguel. The chemistry between these two bad boys was overwhelming, and each time they came together, I hoped Gabriel would leave his one night stand days behind and pledge himself to Miguel. As if I thought the action of the first 183 pages couldn’t get better, Part II (page 184) came around and absolutely blew my mind. I never saw the twist coming and was floored when I found out Miguel’s true identity. The reveal made me root for Gabriel and Miguel’s relationship even more than before. The twists and turns in the second part of the book kept me constantly on my toes, ultimately leading up to the satisfaction and sigh of relief when the ending was a happy one.
This was an incredibly well written book packed with a little bit of comedy, a lot of action, and just the perfect amount of romance. I can’t wait to read book 2 of this series.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*