#Review — Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3) L.A. Witt & Cari Z — January 1, 2018
Bad Behavior #3
L.A. Witt & Cari Z
JANUARY 1, 2018
After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.
But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.
Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.
Page count: 260
The action just keeps on going in Reckless Behavior with not a minute of downtime for Andreas and Darren to work on their relationship. That doesn't stop them, however, from getting closer and leaning on each other and they need to now, more than ever.
Andreas is nervous, yet excited to see all of his children together for the first time in awhile and share some news and introduce Darren, but their outing soon turns tragic with three of his children being kidnapped and no clues as to who took them or where they are.
Andreas is in a bad way, mentally and physically—just days out of surgery with a foot in a cast—so having to rely on his partner for the legwork and a team of blue who hate their guts is taking a toll on him...to say the least. Fortunately, it appears that, at least, some of the boys in blue agree to let bygones be bygones for the sake of the children and step up and help any way they can.
While Andreas tries to figure out the motive, Darren receives devastating news from home that pulls him in two directions. He's barely standing—going hours with no sleep—and determined to find the children before it's too late. At the same time, his mind continues to work overtime with the doubts and fears of his brother's illness that may plague him as well.
Saving the children is a team effort and I was surprised by some of those that agreed to help, but no less thrilled with their choices. At the precinct, I'm always impressed with Paula's police work and I love when she is assigned to a case. That woman gets things done.
Reckless Behavior is fast-paced and action-packed from start to finish. Andreas and Darren, like always, worked together diligently as a united team, supporting each other and leaning on the other for strength and support. This episode never slowed down long enough for them to enjoy each other in the bedroom—hardly had enough time to sleep—but they did manage to share some much-needed kisses between them reminding them of what they had together.
There's also quite a bit of emotional angst, also aka tears, that ensue during this intense thrill ride and I'm looking forward to the next episode that, at least looks promising, for a little beach time and romance. They sure need it and deserve it.
*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Meet the Author(s)
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
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Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, "See ya!" She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She's still climbing that ladder, but can't stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get 'im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there's a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.