Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Zach Jenkins
Series On the Strip #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 222 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: He’s a cop who looks like a cowboy and I just have to see his gun.
I’ve refused second dates for years because I’m too much of a mess to hope for any relationship to work out. After one wild, impulsive, and let’s face it, pleasantly filling night with James, I’m ready to throw all of that out the window.
Men are for drinking buddies and dirty jokes… and now, so much more.
Evan is the first man I’ve ever slept with. If I get my way, he’ll be the one I’m with forever. I’m not sure how I’ll tell the other guys at the police station, but I’ve got bigger problems to worry about.
Someone is attacking people on The Strip in August, GA, and they are working way too close to the club where Evan is a DJ. I’ve got to catch whoever is responsible so that I can protect Evan, the man who taught me everything about love.
Unsettled is a steamy, standalone, first time with a man, romantic thriller novel with no cliffhangers.
Review: This was a sweet little mystery thriller about a cop and a DJ finding love in the midst of a gay bashing/killing spree. James is the cop who has decided he wants to investigate his feelings about men. While at the only gay club in town, he meets Evan, the DJ, who also happens to be his neighbor. They start off with a hookup that quickly turns into a relationship, though neither have much experience with having one. But, they decide to give it a try.
In the meantime, there are random killings/attacks on young gay men on the Strip where the club that Evan works is located. James is trying to figure out who is behind it all while keeping Evan and his friends safe at the same time. There are quite a few shady characters to keep you guessing as to the mystery part and once that came to a head, things happened pretty quickly. There were also a few others to like as well, such as Evan’s mechanic friends, or James’ family, who were awesome.
I really enjoyed the seeing the guys expand their relationship, from their first kiss, their first actual date, to James coming out to his family. They were sweet together with lots of funny banter and sexiness. They really seemed to be a good match for each other. There were some aspects, however, that I wish were a bit more detailed. For example, what happened in Evan’s past that led him to his no-relationship rule. There were also a few loose ends that sort of just drifted off, such as Trey and his involvement with O’Brien and Rick, etc. Perhaps we will learn more in the next installment. I’m not sure if it will be a continuation of James and Evan’s relationship, or the beginning of a new one. Either way, I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the next one.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*