Double Cross (Doubleback #3)

Title: Double Cross (Doubleback #3)
Author: Lissa Ford
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: September 22, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary / Mystery
Page Count: 150 (estimate)
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Happily ever after wasn’t supposed to be this complicated.

At last, Jude Anderson and his lover, homicide detective Rowan Muir, are settling into domestic bliss. Or so it seems. Rowan says all the right things, and the sex is still hotter than ever. But something isn’t quite right, and Jude can’t put his finger on what it is.

Then Jude’s sister drops a bombshell that she’s getting married—and guess who gets to throw the bachelor party.

It’s all puppies and rainbows and wedding plans until murder rears its ugly head. The case involves a close friend, old grievances, and conflicts that set Jude and Rowan on a collision course that could tear them apart.

Double Cross is not a stand-alone so you’ll need to read Double Back and Double Down first to get up to speed on Jude and Rowan’s story. Believe me, it won’t be too much of a hardship. They’re two great books, and I think Double Cross is the best book of the series.

It all started with those boxes. Those damn boxes Rowan brought to Jude’s house once they moved in together … which remain unpacked five months later. Jude sees them as the tangible reminder of Rowan’s inability to commit to their life together. And Rowan? “Rowan was settled in. Really. He’d get around to dealing with the boxes, soon.”

But for now, each man has other matters to consider. Jude is expanding his business – Anderson Fly Fishing Tours – and Rowan is finally back to work at the BCI after a slow recovery from his shoulder wound. Roman’s new superior officer, Captain Asshole, oops, Joe Ishmael is making Roman’s job a living hell and it certainly doesn’t help when his next case involves a murdered teenager found on Frank Reilly’s property. Ex-Marine Frank is Jude and Rowan’s neighbor and before too long Jude finds himself involved in the case, very much against Rowan’s wishes. AND on top of everything, Jude’s sister Kristy is getting married and wants Ro and Jude to plan and host the bachelor party.

Jude and Rowan are a smokin’ hot couple with a seriously combustible sex life:

Jude clutched Rowan’s ass, grinding their dicks together through the cloth. Then Rowan bit down on Jude’s neck tendon and all hell broke loose. Rowan found himself being lifted against the wall and body slammed. The shaking may have had something to do with a framed photo falling off, glass cracking. Rowan couldn’t do anything about it because his mouth was receiving another punishing kiss while his body was pinned by Jude’s length.

The murder/mystery plot is well done and will hold your interest every step of the way … all the way to an ending that first features a glockenspiel (yeah, a glockenspiel) and then will almost break your heart. This book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, but do NOT let that deter you from reading this book. I highly recommend “Double Cross”!

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader