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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In Hot Pursuit by Kate McMurray

In Hot Pursuit by Kate McMurray
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length(150 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Hard-working NYPD cop Noah Tobin didn’t even want to go on vacation. But it’s been a tough eighteen months since the death of his lover, so he’s determined to make the most of it. On his first night in sunny Florida, a chance encounter with a handsome man in a bar bathroom jumpstarts something in Noah that’s been dormant for all those months. Then the man disappears.

Noah’s vacation is thrown into upheaval because he can’t just let it go when he learns that the mysterious man who turned his life upside down went missing. He volunteers to help with the manhunt for his mystery man, a wealthy restaurateur named Harrison Knowles. But finding Harry is only the beginning of Noah's hot pursuit.

Opposites attract when a sexy encounter leads to kidnapping. Noah is on an enforced vacation as he struggles to get over the death of his lover a year and a half ago. Burnt out from his work as a New York City cop, Noah is in Florida trying to soak up some sun and relaxation. He meets sexy, attractive Henry in a bar one night and their hot encounter ends with Harry disappearing. Feeling somewhat responsible, Noah decides to get involved in the investigation and soon becomes embroiled in Harry's complicated life. Against all signs, Noah can’t walk away from the growing emotions between them.

This story is hot, fast, and entertaining. The plot has some holes, as a NYC cop is involved too easily in a Miami investigation, not to mention the somewhat convoluted and complicated drug connection that is built. However these problems are easily overlooked since the pace is fast and pretty slick. The action is quick with the kidnapping resolved soon but then the complex reasoning behind the act takes up most of the remaining story. While the Miami detectives try to figure out who kidnapped Harry and why, Noah is charged with keeping him safe and the two are stuck together in a hotel room, which can only lead to sex and talking. The writing is decent and the scenes are engaging, which keeps your interest even as the plot stumbles somewhat.

Noah and Harry are well crafted, although not fully three-dimensional. There are some lapses in personality and established traits – such as Noah ignoring Harry's involvement with drug dealers – but for the most part these two are shown as warm, caring individuals. Their connection is strong and based on understanding pain and loss in their lives. The men and their burgeoning relationship is engrossing as they grow closer with escalating emotion and sexual chemistry. Their bafflement at how a one-night stand could come to mean so much is amusing and sweet. There are several secondary characters that help move the action along but stand on their own with interest such as Ruiz whereas others, like Amanda, seem a bit superfluous.

Overall this is a fun, easy story. The characters, drama, and sex scenes all add up to deliver a decent and enjoyable book that’s worth reading but perhaps unlikely to make a keeper shelf. If you’re looking for some fun set in the heat and spice of Southern Florida, check this out.

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