Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GA Hauser - Top Men

LAPD cop Mickey Stanton knew the minute the new guy, Jeff Chandler, a transfer from Seattle PD ended up in his division, he was crazy about him. Ending up in the same patrol car working as partners, Mickey couldn’t believe his luck when one late evening at the end of shift, they revealed to each other their sexual preference. From that moment on, the two of them began a fiercely wild love affair which included risqué sex on duty.
Craving Mick’s violent style of sex, Jeff knew he’d found a compatible partner on the job as well as in the bedroom, but after being burned by another lover, an officer in Seattle, Jeff was hesitant to commit to Mickey. Working long shifts, getting into dangerous situations together, Jeff trusted Mickey with his life, but not his heart. And Mickey craved that one true love, an exclusive pairing, and a life partner to share his life with. 
As the exhaustion and stress of the job compete with their volatile relationship, Mick and Jeff struggle to keep what they have alive as the battles between them are as passionate as the sexual bouts. Can the two big cats, the sworn officers of LAPD make it happen? Or will the job and the anger separate these top men? Sometimes the answer is sitting in a patrol car by your side.

Comment: This is the third book in the heroes series by the author. Like I said before, her books are little surprise marks because some are quite enjoyable and others I can't stand them. However, this series was recommended to me by people who knew about my issues with some of the not-so-good books and I went for it.

This third book is the story of police officers Jeff and Mickey. They both showed up in the previous two books as secondary characters. In their book they have to deal with their relationship and heir feelings.
Jeff is a transfer from Seattle and he ran from a bad relationship with another cop. He thinks LA is the place to see what he could have as well as a change of scenery. He gets to partner up with Mickey and they do well together, both personally and professionally.
Mickey is a gay man and he wants a gay cop to be his partner because other men always want to know things about policemen, about procedures, about his cases and they think he has to top every time because of his profession.
When they start working together they also initiated a game of who's what and after they realized they're both gay, they got together and even did things while on duty (which I think is unlikely and unsuitable and stupid?).

So, this book...I don't think it's the best one out there and there were some things I wanted to see better explained or explored. For instance, the doubts in the relationship that Jeff had. I think his fear of a new commitment after a bad relationship was believable. That he wanted to know his feelings by trying to see other people isn't something I think too outrageous either. But the fact he willingly entered a relationship with Mickey and they not only had sex but saw each other outside if work and they spent time together, they practically lived together too...and then denying the facts to Mickey was a bit too much stubbornness than what I think necessary.
Then, Mickey wanted a boyfriend and Jeff was there and told him about his doubts and still he pushed....then later got hurt because things weren't going as fast as he wanted and they would fight and make up in a rush, I mean...I started doubting the healthiness of their relationship.
Then they would have sex while on duty...I'm not that naive to not believe many people do it, but cops, doing it in people's houses? Do they? It sounded too stupid to be true. But hey...with so many people in the world, who knows?!
The story evolved pretty much around the guys take on what a relationship is and means. In the end they admitted to each other, to friends around them, to family..but no co workers. I get that, but I kind of wanted a bit of fairy tale there and see them doing it like the others in the previous books did. This book didn't make me as happy to have read it as the second one did, but it was good enough to grab me and make me want to finish it.

There are still some books by the author I want to try, I might read them in the future.

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