Ex-cop Isaac Rhodes is a tough and intimidating private investigator with a talent for kicking in doors and knocking bail jumpers’ heads together. His only soft spot is for his partner, Nate Washington—though Wash makes him anything but soft. He’s silently lusted after Wash for a year, until his desire drives him to finally come out to his partner.
This confession leads to Wash admitting a few secrets of his own, unleashing needs that result in hot, sweaty, sexy, man- on-man intimacy. Rhodes is elated…until Wash admits he’s unsure if he’s willing to endure the often prejudice-filled life of an outed gay man. Crushed, Rhodes backs off. But one missing child case—and a gun to Wash’s head—convinces Rhodes to do whatever it takes to get his man.
Isaac Rhodes or “Rhodie” as his partner Nate Washington calls him, is a tough private investigator and ex cop who is in love with his business partner of 12 months. “Wash” as he calls Nate, is his morning, afternoon and evening delight – there’s no time of day when he doesn’t think of Wash and wish he could tell him how he feels about him. But Wash is straight, and outing himself would make working together untenable, so Rhodes lusts after Wash from afar, until one night in a bar he could not keep his mouth shut.
At first it seemed that Wash would not be able to handle having a gay partner, until it becomes clear why he’s upset — he is not entirely straight himself and he wants Rhodes as well, but there’s a major problem, he’s not sure he could handle having sex with him and being out because he had seen the way other gays were treated in the workplace, especially in their business. Rhodes had been fired from his job as a police detective on a trumped-up charge because his colleagues in the department didn’t want to work with a gay cop. Since then he had been working for Wash as a private investigator and they had great chemistry as business partners. Now that Wash knows Rhodes is gay he is having difficulty controlling his attraction toward him and as for Rhodes, the knowledge that Wash is at least bi fuels his libido. Rhodes goes after Wash who is only too eager to have some fun. After one full-out sex-filled night when Rhodes thought his dream of having Wash in his bed from then on was going to be fulfilled, Wash pulled the rug out from under him and told him that he’s not sure the life of a gay man is what he wants; his dreams of a wife and the white picket fence would all be history if he became Rhodes’ lover.
Rhodes is, of course, devastated but he decides to concentrate on their current case which involves missing kids who are either ending up dead or as sex slaves for old perverts. The villain of the piece is Barry Ness, a local philanthropist who uses the youth centre as his hunting ground. Rhodes and Wash join forces with their friend Detective Gomez who had the foulest mouth but the kindest heart and a soft spot for Rhodes, but naturally they don’t share all their information with her.
The chemistry between the protags was palpable. Wash is sweet and vulnerable but in a kickass way and very confused about his sexuality. The dialogue in the book was really funny and the best lines were when the guys were in bed together. Some ‘moments’ were laugh out loud, and here are a couple of quotes –
“What are you doing?” Rhodes gasped. His hips lifted toward his partner’s grip and Wash took advantage of the movement to tug Rhodes’ jeans and briefs down his thighs. “You can’t tell?” With a wicked glance through his lashes, Wash lowered his head and kissed the tip of Rhodes’ cock. “Jesus Christ!” Wash lifted his head and grinned. “Not quite, but thanks.”
“The club’s called Stand and Deliver,” he read, glancing up at Rhodes. “Never heard of it. Must be a new place.”
Pressing back a smile, Rhodes shook his head. “It’s been there awhile.” “You’ve been to it?” “No,” Rhodes said. “Too trendy for me.”
“Why haven’t I heard of it? I go to more clubs than you do.” Wash sounded so peeved that Rhodes’ grin broke through.
“You’re not as cool as you think, man,” Rhodes told him. “Sad.” “F**k off,” Wash said, bumping him with his shoulder. His face lit up with realization. “It’s a gay club, isn’t it? That’s why I haven’t been there!” Rhodes shrugged affirmatively. “Think I should check it out tonight?”
“We’ll both go.” At Rhodes startled glance, Wash grinned. “You might need backup. C’mon, it’ll be fun—like a date.”Wash laughed. “Let’s go turn some heads.” “What’s so funny?” Rhodes asked, feeling his own smile “I’m going cock-hunting with you. “Get a move on. We need to find some male tail!”
This type of dialogue continues throughout the book and gets funnier as the story progresses.
The characters were three dimensional and so hot that if this were a print book the pages would go up in flames. The character of Trevor, a great looking bouncer at the club owned by Ness, was a great foil for Wash. He wants Rhodes badly who has a sparkle in his eyes every time he looks at Trevor; Wash has a tough time watching them together even though he’s ambivalent about having an ongoing sexual relationship with Rhodes – he definitely wants to have his cake and eat it.:)
The action is fast and furious and the story is kept at a high intensity level. Even without the great sex, this is without a doubt one of the most entertaining and funniest books I have read in a while and certainly one of the sexiest. I have never read a book before by this author and when I checked her website I realized why – this seems to be Katie Allen’s only M/M book, which is a pity. I loved the characterizations, even the minor ones, including the cops who hated gays; no one was a caricature. There were even two kids in the book that pulled at my heartstrings.
I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about Private Dicks (I hate it when that happens)!*g* Definitely recommended!