Reviewed by Ami
Title: Ride Along
Author: Meghan Maslow
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Drew Nolan/Josh de Oliveira
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 14, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.
Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.
It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.
Review: I read Meghan Maslow’s shifter short story, A Cobra’s Charm, a while ago and I enjoyed it, so I took a chance to request this latest one from her. For the most part, I enjoyed it… While some things moved a bit too fast for my liking, I thought the conversations, the banter, and most definitely the characters (including Drew’s sometimes-meddling-family) made up for it…
Drew is a writer with a case of writer’s block. So he signs up for Author’s Police Institute of Maryland conference to learn more about Baltimore police procedural details to help with his latest novel. Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira has lost the respect of other officers and demoted to traffic patrol simply because he done the right thing. It seems he draws another short straw when he gets to ride-along with a writer with ginger dreadlock and “I’d bottom you so hard” T-shirt. Josh couldn’t afford to get outed now, even if he is very much attracted to the guy…
It is definitely a case of wrong perception at first sight in the beginning ^_^. There is slight rudeness, slight awkwardness, and definite attraction. Like I said, some things moved a bit too fast … but I still liked how Drew and Josh progressed. I liked it when each talked about themselves and their personal baggage. I thought the explanation of procedural details that Drew wanted to be a little lacking though. I guess I’m big on procedural so I want it to be on-page.
Ride Along has a lovely touch of humor in between of what I think to be a more important issues such as the bullying behavior towards Josh that comes from that “blue-blood” mentality or how family’s love can still make you feel down. The ending was lovely and for a novella it felt pretty complete. All in all, I like Maslow’s writing and I look forward for more books from her in the future.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*