Title: The Copper
Author: Bonnie Dee
Release Date: April 4th 2016
Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
Page Count: 169
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Jaded lord, stalwart cop, instant attraction.
Lord Avery Wickersham wakes from a night’s debauchery at a bordello to police officers pounding on the bedroom door. During the vice raid, Constable Connor Tate is ready to arrest the lord and his two male sex partners when Avery’s glib tongue earns a reprieve for his friends if not for himself.
From this grim beginning, men as opposite as summer and winter slowly work their way to an unexpected spring. Avery is ripe for a change in his aimless life, while Connor struggles between duty and desire. Overwhelming passion takes them by storm, but can a rush of lust evolve into love when their lives are so different?
While Avery attempts altruism by volunteering at a charity mission, Connor uncovers government corruption and an evil man who brings torture and death to his victims. The duo join forces to try to stop the killer, but when one of the lovers faces peril, their time may run out.
Bonnie Dee is one my favorite authors of MM Historical Romance. As expected, The Copper is very well written, but it was somewhat different than what I expected.
Connor is a police officer in London’s Metropolitan Police Department. He meets lord Avery under strange circumstances, when he has to arrest him and his male companions, as a part of a vice raid that aims to clean the city from the “sodomites”.
There is corruption in the police department and a psycho on the loose, who molests and tortures gay men. Somehow, Connor and Avery find themselves fighting against evil forces.
I really liked how well-sketched the MCs were, and that by the end of the story, they had really grown as characters . Connor is so lonely, without any friends or family. Nobody wants to hang out with him at work, he’s always the odd man out, who cares about rules and duty, more than money. There is a battle inside him; he’s gay, but he must enforce the law and arrest other gay men. But with Avery, he learns that he doesn’t have to fight himself anymore. He finds a family.
And Avery, who is rich and spoiled , but has so much love to give, didn’t find only Connor, but a whole new purpose in charity missions.
For some reason, I didn’t manage to fully connect with the characters or the story. I felt that the suspense (which wasn’t really intriguing since it was resolved pretty early) overtook the romance. There were long scenes of torture and brutality. I can handle that as long as there is romance and relationship development to back it up. But here, almost everything revolved around the mystery. There were some sweet moments and scenes when the men spend time together and bond, though.
Despite my niggles, I think this is a very well written story. If you ‘re a fan of the author, you might want to give this a try.