Infected Holden (Mean Streets # 1)

Title: Infected Holden
Author: Andrea Speed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre(s): Shifter, mystery/suspense, action/adventure, gay/trans/bi, mild dark read, vigilante
Page Count: 185 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

With his friend lion shifter Roan McKichan no longer in the picture, former sex worker Holden Krause is now working as a detective investigating cases in Seattle. When he receives a request to investigate a rather unusual case for Big Mike, a local drug dealer, he ignores the potential hazards in working for such a client and takes it on.

But Holden hasn’t given up his vigilante ways, occasionally seeking violent retribution for those ignored by the justice system. There’s a man stalking the streets, assaulting anyone he perceives to be trans or gender nonconforming in any way. When the brutality escalates, the case becomes personal for Holden.

If he cannot juggle being both a detective and a vigilante, his taste for blood and danger might finally catch up with him.

Mean Streets Series

Infected Series

This book was definitely different then I thought it would be. It is not a romance or erotica or anything along those lines even though most of the characters are gay or bi or closeted. This book is more of a mystery/suspense. It is an action/adventure type book with a little bit of murder and vigilante justice.

In my opinion Holden thinks of himself as a bad person who likes to take down other bad people. I think that really Holden is in love with Scott but he will never admit to it because he does not think that he deserves Scott or his love. So when Scott decided to end their relationship he did not fight it and acted as if it did not bother him one way or the other, even though it really did. Holden reminds me of this self destructive person who constantly puts himself in danger. I think that it is going to take someone really going the extra mile with Holden for him to find someone that he will willingly let in. That person is going to have to be strong because Holden will fight them every step of the way and will try his best to push them away before they can get close. That would definitely be interesting to see.

Holden has two different things in the fire in this book. First he is working for a drug lord trying to uncover the truth about Big Mikes childhood and who his parents really are. Of course all the has to be done on the down low because Big Mike never wants anyone to find out about any of the things that happened to him as a child. So therefore this is a very dangerous investigation for Holden to take on. In true Holden fashion he takes the job if for no other reason because of the danger in it.

The other thing Holden is working on is his on form of Justice to the individual who is attracting trans people in town. Holden is bound and determined to catch this individual especially after one of his friends becomes a victim.

This book was truly a different kind of read then I normally read. I like the fact that it was a little on the dark side and that the book was full of all kinds of twist and turns. I find myself actually looking forward to the next book in the series and I hope that it will star Holden in it also. I would really love to read about him meeting his match in the love department. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the book in the series that is for sure.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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