Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Strip Search
Author: Morticia Knight
Series: Sin City Uniforms #7
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 148 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A sexy stripper attempts to escape his dangerously obsessed boss while searching for his missing younger brother.
Stripping used to be fun, lucrative and a place for Dakota to practice for his professional dancing career. But the owner of Glitter Boys wants Dakota for himself and will stop at nothing to possess him. When his thirteen-year-old brother runs away from home to escape their abusive father, Dakota is determined to find him before something awful happens to him on the streets.
Patrol officer Reed hasn’t been attracted to a man in a very long time, but when he’s called to an assault in progress at the LGBTQ teen shelter, a young man approaches him, begging for help in finding his missing brother. An instant spark occurs, but he pushes it away. When the same man is attacked outside a strip club later that night, he discovers the desire is mutual.
As the two men learn more about each other and become closer, the specter of his obsessed ex-boss remains. In addition to that, Dakota has to fight the system to gain guardianship of his brother and keep him out of foster care. Dakota doesn’t know if the hunky cop he’s fallen so hard for can handle a relationship with an ex-stripper struggling to raise a teenager. But, will Reed be able to give up dating women for good and dedicate himself to their new family?
Review: Reed is a bi-sexual, but he’s spent most of his dating and married life with women. He’s not had but one relationship with a man and it wasn’t very good. He’s not in the closet so much as not advertising his position. When he meets Dakota, he’s immediately attracted to the charismatic dancer and isn’t afraid to act on that.
Dakota is struggling against the slime his ex-boss sends his way when Dakota won’t get involved with him. Now his brother is missing and he’s lost his new job, too. Reed seems too good to be true, even if he doesn’t have all the answers, he’s there to help.
There were some really cute/sweet parts to this story. I loved seeing Reed explore the “gay” side of his bisexuality with the open and somewhat “toppy” Dakota. It was a nice role reversal.
Sometimes I felt that Reed and Dakota’s relationship felt a bit too “insta” for me in that there really was no relationship angst for them even though there really should have been.
Most of the drama in this book centered around the bad guys and finding Dakota’s brother.
If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll want to pick this one up, though you don’t have to have read the previous books to read this one.
Fans of gay virgins, toppy twinks, strippers, cops and Las Vegas will find plenty to like in this story.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*