Title: Mardi Gras Mambo
Series: Scotty Bradley 03
Author: Greg Herren
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Length: Novel (288 Pages)
Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2006)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: It’s Carnival time in New Orleans, and Scotty Bradley, ex go-go boy turned private eye, is looking forward to relaxing with his boyfriends, Frank and Colin, and partying it up right. But nothing ever seems to work out the way Scotty wants it. Not only is it cold and rainy, ruining his elaborate costume plans, but former FBI agent Frank has “issues” with dropping a hit (or two, or four) of Ecstasy. Hello! Ecstasy at Mardi Gras is practically guaranteed in the Gay Bill of Rights! Fortunately, Frank gets over himself, the weather clears up, Scotty’s dealer, Misha, delivers the goods, and the boys are off to the races. And that’s when the real fun begins. After a night of partying, they come home to find the cops waiting for them. Misha has apparently been murdered and guess who was the last person to see him alive? Turns out his wheeling and dealing had gotten him in trouble with a lot of people–including the Russian mob. And those guys don’t play around.
Suddenly, Scotty’s missing not just one but two boyfriends. And as the streets of Nola come alive in a hot human frenzy of sequins, music, dancing, and the sweat of thousands of revelers ready to throw caution and clothing to the wind, Scotty is in a desperate race to save the men he sometimes loves and keep Fat Tuesday from being the last day any of them ever see. . .
Review: The first thing I am going to say is you really need to read these books in order. However the first two are not ebooks so I had to start with book three. This is my first time reading something from this author, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I picked them because of their titles and figured what the hell.
The first problem came with the fact that you have three sexy men who are together, and they can still sleep around. That is a big no in my book which brought it down for me. The second was the drug use and the fact that one of the guys is a federal agent, so that brought the story down even further for me. I don’t do cheating, even if it is allowed and absolutely no drugs. So here I am thinking this was not a good idea for me. However the story was very detailed and very authentic sounding. It was also unique and entertaining for me.
I was once told that when a story makes you so damn angry that you want to just smack the author, then it is one hell of a story. So Greg if you’re reading this, I am going to smack you one of these days. Scotty is an ex go-go dancer, fitness teacher who is now one hell of a private eye. It was what got the attention of two sexy men. Frank is a federal agent and Colin was masade. This story is full of twists and turns that will drive you absolutely out of your mind.
Now as I said before I don’t like drugs in my story however it is what gives this story the twist. It seems that Scotty gets his drugs from Misha, who isn’t actually Misha. Misha is married to a family friend, but then again there is another twist. So when Scotty’s dealer gets killed, it leads our guys into a very strange family affair. Scotty was the last one to see him, so you can guess where that leads. Then Frank disappears which sends him into a spin, then Colin disappears and boom there is another twist.
It seems Scotty has a gift that warns him of danger; however it doesn’t keep him out of trouble. He is now in the middle of a big ass mess. Like I said the ending made me hate this story in such a way that it rated pretty damn high. If Greg’s stories are all like this then I am pretty sure that I will have to go out and get them. Although I won’t be able to read the first two unless they are turned into e-books, but it made me miss just a bit more into their history.
It is an action pact story, with murder, drugs and family secrets coming out. The sex, what there is was pretty damn good. Although I was glad for it in a way, there is more mystery there then sex. Over all the story was pretty damn good and I can’t wait to see what the next book has going on. It is one that I would recommend to all.