Amazon • Narrator: Renard Pasquale
Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he's interrogating, isn't like any other. Gabe can't deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD's Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo's ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night? Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He's resolute to ignore the chemistry...until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can't get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it's really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.
Reader Advisory: This book contains brief scenes of gang-related violence.
I love what the narrator did here. Loved it. I felt this one and he brought great emotion to the characters.
Detective Gabriel “Gabe” Ashby was interrogating one of the most notorious Gang leaders in NY, Angelo Pagan, when he found himself getting distracted by Angelo’s lips. Angelo was the leader of Los Pescadores, was brought in for questioning due to Angelo’s sister’s disappearance. But this was some kind of fluke because Gabe is straight.
Weeks later, while Gabe is recuperating from getting shot by Angelo, they meet up again and Gabe begins to see there is more to Angelo than the street thug person. They soon give into lust and embark on a secret affair that they both know cannot last. After all, Gabe is a cop and Angelo is criminal. Soon their outside lives collide and they are forced to face music and make a difficult choices. But can they give up what they have found with each other?
Even though I suspected this would have an HEA, I didn’t know how the author would pull it off, I mean, this is a classic case of Conflicting Interests. It’s not a good look for a criminal to hang out with a cop, and vice versa. They both risked a lot sneaking around. But I love the person they were with each other. I love the narration and I loved the angst factor. I am glad I finally gave this book a chance and I can’t wait to read book 2.