Series: Never Too Late
Published by Amazon on December 13, 2016
Genres: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Amazon Unlimited
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Ryan is a detective with the Abused Persons unit of the Mass. State Police. He loves his job, and he’s very good at it. He balks when his supervisor assigns him to a case with the Cold Case unit, and not just because that’s out of his area of expertise. Everyone in Cold Case is an alpha, and that’s just not a comfortable place for an unclaimed omega to be.
Nick is a detective with the Cold Case unit. He’s a strictly by-the-book detective. He trusts to procedure and precedent to get the job done. He doesn’t mind getting stuck with a highly visible case. He doesn’t even mind getting stuck with the pretty omega from Abused Persons, so long as he sits down, shuts up and doesn’t screw with the process that’s worked well for years.
Ryan and Nick butt heads almost immediately, although it doesn’t take long for either detective to figure out that at least part of the reason for their strife is the scorching chemistry between them. When their cold case seems to parallel Ryan’s life a little too closely, and when Ryan’s methods don’t fall exactly in line with Cold Case procedure, will their differences drive them apart?
An alpha male romance story that explores racial divide, bigotry & tolerance.
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REVIEW: Buried Passion is the first book I read by Aiden Bates, it isn’t everyday that I read stories that take me into a whole different level of comfort, nor I tend to deviate from the genres and themes I usually read. But I challenged myself to be open minded and try new genres that I would’ve otherwise ignored.
The story follows a two detectives, Ryan Tran a seasoned detective with vast experience in domestic violence and abuse. For Ryan, his diverse background has meant opportunities. As an Omega he has had opportunities that otherwise would’ve been remained closed to Alphas, and as a Vietnamese his language has helped him solved cases that would’ve been impossible to crack for other officers. For Ryan his status has only meant good things, and great acceptance from his peers.
However, it all changes when he is put to work on a cold case. The cold case squad isn’t very welcoming, and while Ryan isn’t entirely sure how it is all going to go he is optimistic that his experience and techniques are only going to help them crack the case sooner rather than later. Nick Robles is good at what he does, but he is all about procedures and rules, cold cases are his expertise but once he is put to work with Ryan Tran things take a turn for the worse.
I really enjoyed the dynamic in this duo. Whereas both detectives have different level of experience and techniques, the combination of their skills certainly improve their odds to finding the perpetrators. Nick as an alpha is all about presence, domination and leadership. However, all that comes to a halt when his eyes fall on Ryan. I enjoyed how things started to develop around these two characters, they each understood the level at which they were required to work, they also understood their attraction and what it meant for the case and what consequences their entanglement could bring to their working relationship.
The story flowed smoothly, I found myself enjoying the background story more than I thought I would. A 40 year old cold case brought back to life exposing a family’s dark past and the bigotry of a whole town. I think the author did a fantastic job bringing the dark past and secrets of a family. The way in which Ryan & Nick exposed the racism, the taboo and exposed the brutality of a crime was thrilling. One can’t forget to mention the chemistry between these two characters, not only were their story interesting and different, but also shocking. I found myself enjoying the story more than I thought I would, the connection & attraction between these characters was explosive, sensual and flat out erotic.
Buried Passion is one of those stories you don’t know what to make of it after you finish reading it, not because it wasn’t well executed, but because while different and perhaps a bit taboo, it is so nicely crafted that one can’t find anything negative to say about it. I think the author did a fantastic job giving us a story that covered very difficult subject matter such as racism & sexism, while also including a twisted secondary story about a couple separated by the prejudice of a family, for which they paid the ultimate price.
Do I recommend this book? YES
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