“Suspicious Behavior” by L.A. Witt and Cari Z is an exciting police story that combines the cat-and-mouse game of breaking in a new partner with a dangerous case that keeps getting more and more deadly. I love the irreverence and jaded attitude that characterizes Andreas who has softened due to the love and protectiveness that is mutual between him and Darren. I managed to read this story before I had a chance to read the first book in the series, “Risky Behavior,” but enough of the previous events were alluded to that I wasn’t entirely lost.
One of the reasons I like this story so much is the depth of the characters. I like police stories, so I was intrigued by the blurb, but the issues these two men are dealing with, plus the hostility of their colleagues who feel betrayed, kept me invested in the story. The terrible genetic roulette that Darren is faced with, combined with the challenges of healing from a significant wound, Andreas’ medical issues, plus the delicate dance of omission he has been playing with with respect to his family and then the significant stress of trying to stop a serial killer all continually ramp up the suspense. I am not a big fan of alternating first person narrative, especially since I tend to forget to look at chapter titles and occasionally have to go back to make sure I know who is speaking, lol, but that definitely ensured that each character’s feelings were clearly portrayed.
There are great secondary characters, especially the mini-Andreas in the form of his daughter Emily, and I Iove watching the crochety guy melt both for his daughters and for his lover. The tension ramps up as the clues start coming together, but the other issues in their lives continue to unfold as messy and angst-provoking as ever, which offers the main characters the opportunity to truly display the men they are.
I enjoyed this story enough that I read the first in the series and then re-read most of this one to put things all in their proper places. This is an exciting police story combined with an intriguing exploration of the evolution of a sizzling and meaningful relationship between two complicated men and I definitely hope there will be many more stories in this series.
This contemporary m/m romantic suspense story is part of the ‘Bad Behavior’ series and features Detective Darren Corliss as he’s convalescing from being almost killed as well as dealing with the hostility toward him and his partner and lover, Detective Andreas Ruffner for having exposed a group of crooked colleagues. Adding to the bad blood against them is the fact that Andreas’ daughter is working for Internal Affairs, he is continuing to take a heavy load of pills for his medical issues, and Darren’s brother is continuing to worsen. Their assignment to investigate a group of cold cases leads to an unexpected discovery, that may endanger their lives even more.
Book two in the Bad Behavior series
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.
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