Title: Ride Along (States of Love)
Author: Meghan Maslow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 14th 2017
Genre(s): MM Romance
Page Count: 122 pages
Reviewed by: LaurasPassion
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.
Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.
It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.
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Writers block. We all get it. The question is…what to do about it? I believe I can say that Drew Nolan found the best way to combat his own writers block. And, that was in the form of a strong, good-looking, kind-hearted man. His name is Joao (Josh) de Oliveira. Sim por favor!
Drew Nolan and Detective (Officer) Josh de Oliveira are the two main characters from the book Ride Along, by Meghan Maslow. Wow! What a sizzling, hot, sweet, heart-breaking, and, incredibly mysterious read this was! I am really glad to have had the opportunity to read it. I will admit, though, when I had finished the book, I sat at my desk with this puzzled and comical look on my face as I wondered, “Ok, what just happened here?”, because it was such a unique read. Prior to reading, I could not have even predicted what kind of a read it actually would have been.
Ride Along, is about Drew Nolan, a kind, good-looking, and outgoing mystery writer with dreadlocks, and, kind, good-looking, and athletic Detective (Officer) Joao (Josh) de Oliveira. With the need to work through his current writers block, Drew initially sought out ways to push through it. One such way was to attend an author’s conference, in which local law enforcement would be in attendance, thereby being available for various demonstrations and panels, and, hopefully for Drew’s research questions as well. Thinking also that a Ride Along would be another avenue to obtain his answers, Drew found himself quite surprised when the one cop who had already caught his eye…would be the exact same one leading his..Ride Along. *giddiness* And this…ride…will turn out to be, for both men, a ride that will prove to be incredibly more than just a simple ride around the block.
What a unique read this was! I found it to be to a smooth, and somewhat quick read, filled with seemingly low-angst which was interlaced with heart-breaking issues, along with a nerve-racking mysterious tone that had me constantly on the edge-of-my-seat. As there were a multitude of issues which made up the plot to the story, I wish there had been more depth, and, more of a development to these individual issues to be able to draw the reader into the overall plot more effectively.
I loved Drew and Josh. Through good character development, I felt that they were perfect for one another in supporting the other be able to face and deal with difficult issues which had been prevalent in their lives for quite a while. And…their chemistry was HOT! HOT! HOT! The sexual tension between the both of them was incredible… While I did feel a connection with them, I wish there had been more depth to the issues that they specifically were both dealing with, in addition to the overall depth to the plot of the book as a whole.
I also felt that the secondary characters were great. I loved Ian and Louis! But…GAH! Some of the other characters, while their hearts were in the right place, were…very trying…to say the least. And, even though the development of some of them wasn’t quite there, my heart still broke for them, and, hope for more of them in future books.
Overall, I really liked this book. I was surprised to experience such fluidity, despite very minor editing issues, to the story, even without a lot of depth to the plot and subplots, but, I really enjoyed reading about the unwavering support of two good men. I found myself cheering for them when they found success, crying when they were down or were hurting, and, breathed a sigh of relief when…necessary. 🙂