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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hot Rod by G.A. Hauser

Hot Rod by G.A. Hauser
Publisher: GA Hauser Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (179 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

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.

Rod Reynolds and Foley Russell try to silence the nightmares of their pasts as they attempt to live their dream of happily ever after.

After leaving prison, Rod Reynolds moves in with his sister, Serena, as he begins his life again. When Serena introduces him to Dr. Foley Russell, the attraction between the two men is instantaneous, and they dive headlong into a relationship. Rod is plagued with memories of what he did to survive prison and filled with bitterness at a legal system and co-workers that let him down. Foley is battling post traumatic stress disorder from his two years in Iraq. With Foley’s support and encouragement, Rod begins the process of clearing his name and putting the past to rest.

As is often the case with G.A. Hauser’s novels, characters from past novels make appearances in Hot Rod. I enjoy seeing the familiar faces, and Jack Larsen (from When Adam Met Jack) plays a major role in Rod’s quest to overturn his manslaughter conviction.

Hot Rod is a fast paced novel. While it has a strong beginning, the plot falters about halfway through and never quite recovers. The reader is forced to suspend belief as Jack manages to investigate, appeal Rod’s conviction, and more in less than two weeks. There are a few editing errors, and some confusion surrounding Rod’s age.

Both Rod and Foley are engaging, likable characters. Rod’s character is well-developed, and despite struggling with serious and weighty issues, Ms. Hauser deftly keeps him from descending into angst. Foley is not as well-developed, and his PTSD is left on the backburner as Rod’s story takes center stage. Serena is a rock for Rod, and she never doubts his innocence. The sexual tension between Rod and Foley is high, and their sex scenes are passionate, emotional, and hot.

Hot Rod by G.A. Hauser is an enjoyable novel of redemption and righting past wrongs. Ms. Hauser is one of my favorite authors, and I am looking forward to her next book.

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