Brothers by Bond

Title: Brothers by Bond
Author: Brenda Cothern
Cover Artist: Unknown
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (Self-Published)
Buy Link: Amazon
Length: 146 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary Review: A fun GFY book that suffered from self-publishing issues. Namely, it needed a good edit.


Johnny Baxter has been Mike Morgan’s best friend for the last seventeen years and his adopted brother for the last fifteen. They have been attached at the hip since they were kids, where one was found, so was the other. They shared everything.

Until six months ago…when Johnny got divorced.

Mike’s feelings for his best friend and brother changed; became more than just brotherly love and avoidance was his way of coping. However, the night he traded shifts to avoid his brother, once again, was the night he almost lost him. And more than anything else, that is Mike’s biggest fear.


In the next couple of weeks, I will be reviewing some lesser known self-published books that I’ve seen on the Amazon Top 100 LGBT list. First up, Brothers by Bond by Brenda Cothern.

The book opens with the narrator, Mike. He’s a cop on patrol and hears a call for an “officer down.” Turns out it’s his partner, Johnny, who is also his foster brother. Johnny has been injured on the job and as Mike sits next to him in the hospital – Johnny is in a coma – he recalls their relationship from childhood pals, to foster brothers, to joining the military and finally being on the police force together. We also learn that Mike has been falling in love with his adopted brother ever since Johnny got divorced. When Johnny wakes up, Mike is determined to change their relationship whatever the cost.

I am going to break this review into two sections: What I Liked and What Needed Some Work.

What I Liked

The relationship between Johnny and Mike was heartfelt. They have a past and understand each other perfectly. As a GFY plot, this works as their back-story felt believable. When you add in the wonderful secondary characters (Johnny’s parents), you have a great family dynamic for this novel. It was like everyone saw the fact that Mike and Johnny should be together (except Mike and Johnny!) Plus, like many other readers, I love guys in uniform, so cops? Yeah, I am so there!

What Needed Some Work

Some minor editing errors. As with a lot of self-published books, editing is hit or miss, while this one has a few issues, it mostly had to do with the over usage of words, namely the word, “bro.” Johnny loves to call Mike, “bro.” Repeatedly. Like in every sentence. It got annoying very quickly.

My other niggles had to do with realism in the law enforcement field. For example, when Johnny is in his coma, the only people who visit are his parents and Johnny. Not one of his cop buddies show until much later. Quite frankly, after the incident, the waiting room should have been filled with cops. Police officers are a very close-knit society and when one is injured, they really do band together. I know the author was trying to show Mike’s dedication to his partner/brother by staying by his side nearly 24/7, but I thought it could have been a good opportunity to show how much Johnny meant to other people, not just his foster brother.

Other than those few gripes, I did enjoy this book. It was a fun GFY plot that I truly eat up. So, if you like the same, you might want to check it out.



  • Hi, Lasha. Thanks for the review. As the husband of a cop, I agree with your criticism regarding hospital visitation. I did have a question. I don’t want to read this book if it’s grounded in incest. Is the relationship a GFY friendship or an incest book? I just couldn’t tell from the amazon page. Maybe the fact that I can’t tell means I should give it a pass. What do you recommend?

    • Stuart,

      The ‘brothers’ are not related. Johnny’s family adopted Mike when he was like 12 or something. No blood relationship. So, I don’t consider this incest.


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I've been reading romance books since I was 12 and when I found m/m books a few years ago I fell madly in love with the genre. My favorites tropes are: GFY, police partners in love and May-December romances. I also adore paranormals and in my spare time away from Jessewave, I review pararmormal m/m books at my own blog. Give me a good shifter book and I'm a happy girl!
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