The Trouble with Tony by Eli Easton

TroubleWithTony[The]LGTitle: The Trouble with Tony     

Author: Eli Easton     

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Humor     

Length: Novella (144 pages)     

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st August 2013)    

Heat Level: Moderate     

Blurb: As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo. 

Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?     

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Pixie’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Private Investigator Tony has been asked to look into the death of a young woman, a young woman who apparently committed suicide; it leads Tony to go undercover as a patient at a Seattle sex clinic and getting him help for his own little problem. Tony doesn’t believe that the doctor who treated the young woman, Jack Halloran, was involved but he wants to make sure he doesn’t miss anything and that it isn’t his attraction to the doctor clouding his judgment. Jack has his own issues, injured in the line of duty as a combat surgeon; he has lost all confidence in his own appeal and becomes confused by his attraction to his new patient, Tony. 

This is a great story that has some brilliant humorous moments including an Italian mother who has no boundaries. Tony is a great character who puts his all into solving his clients cases, his newest case is a puzzle though, and no matter the alibi, he still suspects the husband. Going undercover Tony wants to discover just what treatment the dead woman received, but he gets a surprise of his own when his own little problem rears its ugly head. Jack is a man who has had his confidence knocked, forced to change his specialty he is now a sex counselor and is intrigued by his new patients problem, but he also find himself attracted to the man. 

This is a great novella that has some incredible sexual tension and a pretty good investigation. Tony is a character that you fall in love with, he is so cute with his blushes and embarrassment and his intense attraction to Jack. Jack is a man who has had some hard knocks, but he is so nice that you want him to break the rules for Tony. Tony’s investigation is great but the budding relationship with Jack is better, both of them entwine and I loved Jack’s reaction to the truth about Tony. 

I recommend this to those that love humorous private investigators, hot doctors, great sex, an interesting storyline and a very amusing ending. 

Tams’ Review: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

I do love a good love story. PI Tony DeMarco is on the case when he meets Dr. Jack Halloran. You see, Tony is in his late thirties and yet only really ever been attracted to 4 men, in his life. And he’s just met number 5! But the Doc is a suspect in the case Tony is working for the White family. Their daughter “overdosed” but her parents aren’t buying it, and the investigation led Tony to the clinic where Jack works.

Jack Halloran is an Iraq war vet that joined the military right out of medical school, and his body carries the scars from an IED. He realizes his job isn’t the most conventional, a doctor at a sex therapy clinic, but he enjoys his work. He’s never, ever gotten involved with a patient, but Tony pushes all the right buttons. Can the sexy Doc keep things strictly professional when a tall, dark, and handsome Italian man is hovering over him telling him how bad he wants him?
This book was just all kinds of fun and not too long to weigh it down. There was a little bit of suspense while Tony really did try to keep it professional and do his job. But then there was the constant sexual tension that was sizzling between him and Jack that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Let’s just say, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at a pair of stirrups the same way again!

If you like strong male leads that give as good as they get, really give each other a run for their money… this is a must read for you.