Title: Strip Search
Series: Sin City Uniforms, #7
Author: Morticia Knight
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 148 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 19th 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.75 Hearts
Blurb: A sexy stripper attempts to escape his dangerously obsessed boss while searching for his missing younger brother.
Stripping used to be fun, lucrative and a place for Dakota to practice for his professional dancing career. But the owner of Glitter Boys wants Dakota for himself and will stop at nothing to possess him. When his thirteen-year-old brother runs away from home to escape their abusive father, Dakota is determined to find him before something awful happens to him on the streets.
Patrol officer Reed hasn’t been attracted to a man in a very long time, but when he’s called to an assault in progress at the LGBTQ teen shelter, a young man approaches him, begging for help in finding his missing brother. An instant spark occurs, but he pushes it away. When the same man is attacked outside a strip club later that night, he discovers the desire is mutual.
As the two men learn more about each other and become closer, the specter of his obsessed ex-boss remains. In addition to that, Dakota has to fight the system to gain guardianship of his brother and keep him out of foster care. Dakota doesn’t know if the hunky cop he’s fallen so hard for can handle a relationship with an ex-stripper struggling to raise a teenager. But, will Reed be able to give up dating women for good and dedicate himself to their new family?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of sexual intimidation, scenes of mild physical assault and threats of sexual violence.
Publisher’s Note: This book can be read as part of a series or as a standalone novel.
Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/strip-search
Review: Reed has his hands full with his job as a patrol officer for LVPD and weekends with his teenage daughter. Too full for a love life,that’s for sure. That is until Dakota walks into his life while looking for his younger brother that has run away from their abusive father.
Dakota has a lot on his plate as well. Dance classes fueling his dream of being a professional dancer, a boss that is a little too hands on, if you get my meaning, and of course, his little brother. The attraction is immediate, intense and mutual. Dakota feels comfortable and safe with Reed, while Reed feels very protective of Dakota.
Not long after they meet the two are sharing a bed, quickly after a home, and even faster each other’s troubles. Including Dakota’s ex-boss that thinks No means Yes and feels that he has a claim on the young dancer, regardless of his relationship with Reed.
I had one teensy little issue with the story, the insta-love aspect. It was conveyed well with Reed having only ever been with the one guy, his ex, Mark.
Then there was the issue with his ex-wife and comments she would make, again explained well due to the fact that she feels Reed isn’t Bi, he is gay and wasn’t honest with her.
That coupled with Dakota being younger and somewhat impressionable, Reed sort of being this knight in shining armor kind of guy for him. The relationship moved extremely fast though.
Overall I still quite liked this book, but of course, its Morticia Knight one of my favorite Authors. I really like the way she can write stories about varying aged characters and make each and every one relatable and believable. She has the teenage angst down. Reed’s daughter when they were camping cracked me up.
The older, protective, adoring side of Reed and the confused, but loyal part of Dakota that just wants to dance, be in love and loved, and take care of his little brother.
Definitely worth a read.
While the story can be read as a standalone book, reading the series in order should probably be considered so you will quickly recognize key characters from the other books.
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