Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Murder and Mayhem
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Murder and Mayhem #1
Heroes: Rook & Dante
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Mystery
Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 5, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.
As an ex-con, Rook Steven’s been clean for years now. But when he discovers the dead body of his ex-partner in his store, he’s thrust back into the life he’s tried so desperately to get out of. When Detective Dante Montoya gets the case, he’s determined to nail Rook once and for all. But as the investigation goes on, things don’t add up and bodies are dropping left and right. Will Dante be able to find the real killer while trying to ignore his growing feelings for a sneaky ex-con artist?
It’s no secret that I love Rhys Ford’s writing so when I saw this book, I was super excited to read it! I mean, an ex-con and a cop?? That’s what I’m talking about! Add in Ms. Ford’s signature attention grabbing beginning, her constant suspense and the intense chemistry between the characters and you’ve got a story that had me up all night!
What I loved about this one, though, was the characters. I loved that Rook was an ex-con and that while he had been trying to go straight, he still had the urges sometimes to act like a thief (i.e. trying to run after just being bailed from a murder charge). But at the same time, I loved that he was such a softy and willing to help others whenever he could. I also loved that while Dante was determined to nail Rook for murder, he couldn’t help but be attracted to him. The conflicting emotions were a real treat to see because of Dante struggling with wanting to put Rook away and wanting Rook for himself. And when they finally get together? Wowza!!! But ultimately, I just adored their connection!
In the end, this was an amazing story! I was drawn in from the beginning and did not want to put the book down. I loved all the suspense and seeing the murder mystery play out. It was interesting to see how Dante treated Rook in the beginning and how it all slowly changed. I just could not get enough of them together because their chemistry was definitely HOT! I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series! Will it be more about Rook and Dante? Or will there be other characters to look forward to??
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*