Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Aiding and Abetting
Author: Nora Roth
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Evan & Beau
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 59 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When cynical forty-three-year-old police officer Evan Andrews finds his home broken into, he quickly learns there’s more to Beau Toliver than meets the eye. Injured and afraid, Beau mistrusts Evan and the police every bit as much as Evan mistrusts Beau. As affection slowly grows between them, Evan discovers the real threat might come from the colleagues he’s considered friends for over two decades. When the truth comes out, Evan races to save Beau’s life at the risk of his own. His actions could mean the end of his career, but he might finally realize there are more important things in life.
Evan’s only seen Beau a few times at the police station when he comes home to find the man has broken in and is injured. Unfortunately, while Evan might be a cop, Beau begs him not to get other cops involved. What starts as a simple stay to recover and hide out, turns into so much more when not only do they want to act on the attraction between them but the danger following Beau comes way too close to home.
I liked the premise of this story. A criminal going to a cop for help when he doesn’t really know the cop. I liked that while Evan was a seasoned officer, he still helped Beau when he needed to. I also liked that he struggled with wanting Beau while taking care of his injures. At the same time, I really liked that Beau trusted Evan, who he’s only met a handful of times. It was cute the way they danced around their attraction and weren’t sure if what they had was convenient or real.
This story had a lot of potential but because of the length, I didn’t feel like it lived up to that potential. It has a nice baseline but I wanted to actually see things play out instead of being told about them. I wanted to see Evan and Beau getting to know about each other instead of being told they spent time together and talked. I wanted to know what happened next, what happened to Holt, how did Beau get what he was being chased after? There was just so many loose ends and questions that a more in depth story could have tied up, answered and actually developed.
In the end, it’s not a bad story. It’s a sweet little tale about a cop helping a small-time criminal in need and then finding himself in the middle of a bad situation. The characters are interesting but, like the story, not developed. I liked the way it ended but I’m still hoping the author considers fleshing out the story and re-releasing it. If you’re looking for something short and quick, give this one a go.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*