Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Suspicious Behavior
Authors: L.A. Witt and Cari Z
Series: Bad Behavior #2
Heroes: Darin Corliss/Andreas Ruffner
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 283 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.
For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.
Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.
Review: Detectives Darren Corliss and Andreas Ruffner are back, and badder than ever. These boys are in so much trouble, a bit of carryover from book one dogs them heavily in this installment. They can never seem to catch a break, or a breath, before the next major drama falls on their heads, or in their laps. Literally. It’s gotta suck to be hated equally by criminals and your own so-called police “brotherhood”. Darren and Andreas are now blacklisted for putting away a few crooked cops…but it doesn’t matter that these men were truly dirty, because the fallout affected cops’ families and that’s a no-no. That code of silence is real and their “brothers” have not forgotten, nor forgiven, them. In fact, they are now forced to watch their own backs.
The mystery involving a cold-case serial killer was really well written. Even though we kinda know who the bad guy is, the point in this book was trying to get the proof needed to stop him from killing again, and put him away. That is all fine and good as long as you are not getting hit with roadblocks from with the department. And you are not trying to recover from being stabbed, from book one. Andreas and Darren are trying so hard to be good cops and build a relationship, too, but the world seems to be conspiring to make their lives hell. Darren still has the added stress of his brother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s which is progressing faster and faster. Darren is concerned he may have the same gene and is worried the impact that would have on Andreas. And Andreas’ HIV status is now out, his daughter now knows he’s Bi and Positive, and seriously, can’t these guys have one thing go right for them?
This is a great series. I am already looking forward to seeing how the drama unfolds in Reckless Behavior. If you love bad boys but good cops, family drama, violence, and no drag time, then I suggest you give this series a try. It is never boring and though this one was a little tame on the sexy times, they are still recovering, Darren and Andreas are both hot together and keep me coming back for more.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*