Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Forced Impressions
Author: Piper Doone
Heroes: Jona Landers/Rafael Santos
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Jonah Landers’s promotion to detective isn’t going so well. His first undercover operation is a disaster thanks to Rafael Santos, a Cuban-American detective so far undercover, no one on Rafael’s Miami-based squad even had a clue he’d already infiltrated the prostitution ring Jonah was targeting. Two years and an insane twist of fate later, Jonah finds himself transferred from Orlando and partnered up with Rafael in Miami—and their rocky beginning doesn’t get any better.
For the sake of their careers and because he realizes he’s falling for Rafael, Jonah makes every attempt to smooth things over and move on with his love life. He turns his attention to A.J. Choya, a Seminole Indian who runs the tech department. But there’s no spark between them, and Jonah has to admit his feelings for Rafael aren’t going away.
When a new case falls into Rafael’s and Jonah’s laps, they must go undercover again and become intimate in a way that forces them to confront their feelings for each other—no matter the consequences.
Review: Jonah and Rafael get off to a rocky start when Jonah’s first undercover assignment is slightly botched after running into Rafael who had already been undercover on the same operation. With the additional bad breakup Jonah had with his boyfriend, he relocates to make a fresh start and ends up being paired with non other than Rafael.
Through much of this story, Jonah and Rafael have a sort of love/hate relationship going on. Jonah thinks Rafael hates him, and much of Rafael’s actions seem to indicate that is so. But there are also some indications (jealousy) that this is not the case. This is especially true when Jonah decides to find some enjoyment in the form of another coworker, A.J. It is clear pretty much from the beginning that Jonah and A.J. make better friends, but they continue on anyway. Jonah knows there isn’t any spark between them but convinces himself he needs to give it time.
In the meantime, he and Rafael continue with their hot and cold dance. As time goes on, Jonah realizes the spark missing from A.J. is strongly prevalent with Rafael, though he tries to quash his feelings for the sake of the job/partnership. It isn’t until they are forced to go undercover together in roles that leave little to question as to how they each feel about the other.
I enjoyed this story, but much of it is the wishy washy stuff with A.J. which I really wished didn’t take up so much page time. When Jonah and Rafael are together, things are definitely hotter and you just want more of them together. However, this doesn’t happen until about 3/4 of the way through the story. From there, the story rolls quickly as they work out their feelings and what to do about their jobs, etc. It has a lovely ending, but it takes some time to get there.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*