Title: Brass Balls (Handcuffs & Lace series)
Author: Mia Watts
Cover Artist: Les Byerley
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 66 pages
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: A deliciously hot and satisfying read that uses the May-December trope to its fullest and succeeds.
The first book in the series, She’s Got Balls was reviewed here.
Kissing a fellow police officer might not have been the smartest drunken move Oak Takala has made in recent years. Okay, and it might have complicated the issue that the officer in question is his father’s former partner, Wyatt Peterman. Aaaaaand there’s the fact that Peterman is the newly appointed precinct captain.
So what the fuck? Why not go balls to the wall and make a play no one will forget?
I’ve read all the books in the Handcuff and Lace series written by Mia Watts, and have enjoyed them all, but I have to admit Brass Balls is my favorite so far. Why? A scorching May-December romance between two co-workers who happen to be cops. (I am sorry, but did Mia Watts read my mind, find my favorite tropes and write this book especially for moi? :girl: )
Brass Balls starts out with Oak Takala getting drunk in a cop bar and running into his father’s old partner, Wyatt Peterman, who has just been promoted and is now Oak’s supervisor. Wyatt, who had known Oak since he was a gangly teenager, drives Oak home and that’s when Oak makes a pass at the older man. Wyatt resists, but Oak is determined now that his formerly super secret crush has been revealed. Oak doesn’t care that there is a sixteen year age difference or that Wyatt is his boss; no, he just cares about getting Wyatt in his bed and exploring that crush he’s had on his father’s ex-police partner since he was an acne infested kid who’d figured out he was gay. Wyatt, on the other hand, is gay, but not out at work (although Oak’s parents know), and despite being very attracted to Oak he is desperately trying to keep things professional between the two of them. And that is the best part of the book, watching Wyatt try to be good and failing as Oak tries to seduce him at every turn.
What I loved about this installment in the series was Oak. He’s tenacious, like a bull dog on a mission, and his goal? Get Wyatt in his bed (and later in his heart and life). As Oak continues flirting, kissing and trying to bed Captain Peterman, his determination is a thing of beauty. Wyatt is so going down (literally), and it’s beautiful to watch. Plus the chemistry between Wyatt and Oak? It is hot in here? Wow!
My only niggle about the novella is the end. It felt very rushed, and in my estimation needed an extra 5-10 pages to wrap up the plot. Otherwise, I loved this OFY/May-December book about going after what you want. Recommended.