G.A. Hauser is a must buy author for me. Her sexy and complex heroes almost always steal my heart. Her fast paced storylines gets my attention from the first page and doesn’t let up until the last. Her latest book, Hot Rod, is no exception. I loved every minute of it, and I hated for it to end!
Rod Reynolds used to believe that good will always preserver over evil. As a former undercover agent for the FBI, he’s put his life on the line and many bad guys in jail. When Rod is falsely accused to a horrific crime, he’s incarcerated for ten out of the twenty years he was given, and has come out of jail a changed man. But, Rod is a survivor. As a known former FBI agent, he had to do some things he thought he’d never have to do in prison to survive. These things often haunt Rod and eat at his self-worth.
As soon as Rod is released from jail he is taken in by his sister, Serena. Serena has always believed in Rod’s innocence and has often been his ray of hope when he had thought everything in his life was hopeless. As Rod tries to find a job, he totes his sister back and forth to her nursing job at the hospital. One night, he meets the newest doctor in the E.R. and is immediately attracted to him. As Rod gets to know Dr. Foley Russell, he starts to see him as a man of honor. Foley has spent the last several years of his life volunteering as a medic on the front line in Iraq. Rod is humbled by the Foley’s bravery and willingness to put his life on the line for what he believes in. Now Rod wonders if he is worthy of such an amazing man and strives to make a positive change in his life.
Dr. Foley Russell has had a hard time adapting back to his ‘normal’ everyday life. He’s been having nightmares at night and suffers from flashbacks from time to time. Even though he’s been diagnosed with PTSD, Foley is determined to work hard, and get his life back on track. When he meets the handsome Rod, sparks fly between them and Foley can’t help but feel drawn to the mysterious and sexy man.
As the men get to know each other, they soon discover that they have more in common than they both realize. As they work through their own fears and past haunts, they soon form an unbreakable bond together. But, when Rod decides to try to clear his name both men are put into danger. Will they be able to find out the truth and come out stronger men in the end?
I loved this book! There were several twists and turns throughout the storyline that surprised me. The mystery behind why Rod was framed was well paced and interesting. Plus, I thought Rod and Foley were well wonderful heroes. Both are beautifully flawed and human. They make mistakes, but they learn from them. Both men are intelligent, brave and honorable men. They’ve lived through hell and back and even though they might not believe it, are stronger and better men from it. I really liked the camaraderie and the respect they had for one another between them. Plus, the sexual chemistry they had together practically made the screen on my e-reader melt! WHEW!
Another great thing about this book was the supporting characters. I really liked Rod’s sister, Serena. Her never-ending love and support she had for her brother kept Rod sane while he was incarcerated. Even when the rest of his family thought he was a criminal, Serena never stopped believing in him. Rod and Foley meet several people who are supportive of each of them as individuals and as a couple. I also loved that there was also a couple of characters from previous books that play an important part of his book, too. I always love to catch up with old friends!
Ms. Hauser has an informative and very sexy website. If gives all of the information about her other books and some fun facts about them too! Here is the link if you are interested:
Rod Reynolds lived and breathed his career as an FBI sniper and undercover agent. It was all he ever wanted in his life until…
An incident on the job landed him a twenty-year sentence for manslaughter in the San Quentin penitentiary. Rod did ten of his twenty year term and was released from prison to pick up the pieces of his life. While incarcerated Rod earned a reputation as ‘Hot Rod’, as he traded favors inside. Making allies was something nearly impossible for an ex-agent who worked the streets turning in drug dealers. But he did what he had to do to stay alive.
Dr. Foley Russell did his time in the Iraq War with the troops as a reservist, volunteering to be on the front line with a medic unit. Now, back in the States, Dr. Russell worked at Good Samaritan Hospital. He too, was trying to readjust to life as a civilian. The men meet when Rod’s sister, Serena, a nurse for the same hospital, intentionally brings the two men together.
Both men with nightmarish personal experiences, attempting to regain what they once had. Sanity and a normal life. Will the conflict behind them be too much for them to overcome? Or will Foley’s desire for ‘Hot’ Rod be the driving force in getting Rod back on his feet.
In the end it’s about betrayal and trust and whether it’s possible to let go of your fear and lay it all on the line. Again