An early precaution: brace yourself for whatever the authors would throw at our characters. I won’t say more as not to spoil the fun, just take that as friendly reminder.
“Reckless Behavior” is the third entry of LA Witt and Cari Z’s “Bad Behavior” series. Following closely where the second book left off, this dual POVs story starts with a bang and the fast pace stays on throughout the book, wringing our characters through the most trying moments - mentally and physically. I feel exhausted myself following Darren and Andreas racing ragged against time to solve the case and dealing with family problems.
For stories penned down by two authors, the writing styles blend into a solid one. If you’ve been following Darren and Andreas since book one - and I strongly suggest you do since this series is not one to read in random order - you can also feel how far the characters have developed. Andreas is mellowing a bit while Darren is hardening up; that the tough cop role might switch between them when facing with opponents. On the romance department, this installment is the most tame as our MCs practically have no time than chaste or stolen kisses here and there; and yet somehow show a much solid bond as partners in more ways than one.
Considering the stakes and how personal the case this duo face in “Reckless Behavior” it drives home that the two usually smart individuals are only human, that when the brunt of it taken its toll and got too close they might slip a bit. I practically yell myself raw warning these detectives to second guess whom they trust the whole time I’m reading and got frustrated when “my hunch” proven right. At the same time, the oversight also work to make the plot real and convincing.
Aside from Darren and Andreas, what I love here is another strong performance of female characters in the story. No bitchy exes (thank God) or overly hysterical behavior. My favorite is Paula - a secondary character from previous books - who has proven AGAIN what a valuable ally she is. I rather wish the author would consider giving Paula a spin-off where she could kick-ass and be a star of her own. But before that, I’m readying myself for Darren and Andreas shorter - and hopefully less exhausting romp - tale after this one. At least I hope the authors have mercy on them after the ordeal of this book!
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.