Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Bailey Queen
Heroes: Ben Diggs/Tanner Bagley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 161 Pages
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Murder in the country.
A one-night stand that refuses to end.
Ghosts from the past that return to haunt.
Special Agent Ben Diggs can’t stand what has become of his life, so much so that he hits the road one night, maybe to crash his bike, maybe to drive off into the night and never be heard from again. But he meets Tanner Bagley, a rancher from rural Pennsylvania in a hick dive bar, and sparks fly. For the first time since everything went to hell, he feels alive again.
Ben runs from his emotions as a rule, and he flees in the middle of the night, trudging back to his dreary life in Baltimore and his failing job as a FBI agent. But then his team is assigned to investigate a murder in that same backwater township in Pennsylvania where he met Tanner, and it’s a different set of sparks that fly when faces Tanner again.
As the bodies start to pile up, tensions flare, and Ben is stuck between teammates that question his every move and a devastatingly handsome rancher whose heart he bruised. The lies keep piling up, and Ben is forced to stake his career – and his very life – on the trembling hopes of his wounded heart.
Deep in the countryside, someone is hunting gay men in Middle Creek, Pennsylvania… Gay men all with ties to Special Agent Diggs’ one-night-stand…
Review: I loved Ben and Tanner. Ben is an FBI agent and Tanner is a rancher…seriously, what’s not to love? Maybe the fact that someone is killing off all of Tanner’s ex lovers, and Ben just so happens to be assigned to the case…right after he has a one-night stand with Tanner, one where he sneaks out without a goodbye, or a note. Yeah, this case just got a little more complicated and whole lotta difficult.
This was a great mystery and even though I read reviews that said the killer was pretty obvious, I guessed completely wrong. I love a great murder mystery that involves alpha men and this story delivered. Except for the fact that I thought that Tanner got a little too uptight over Ben checking out on him after their one-night stand, for the most part, I was highly entertained and read this book straight though. That is saying something because nothing has been catching my attention lately, yet this worked for me.
Tanner and Ben don’t have it easy. Tanner makes Ben work hard for his forgiveness, and his affection, but that just makes it better for me. I want my guys to have it rough and these two fit the bill. I was pretty sad for Tanner though; I can’t imagine how you could ever get over every lover you’ve had being killed because of you, lovers who are still your friends. And Ben, at the end, when he saves Tanner…perfection. When I said I want my guys to have it rough, I wasn’t expecting it to be that rough, but it worked and I loved it.
You have two hot alpha males, a nonstop murder mystery, sexual tension, and two guys that have to fight for their lives as they try to figure out if they have a chance to build a life together… you have it all here, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*