Crossfire (Maya’s Review)

Title: Crossfire
Author: Jon Keys
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 18 July 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 120
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn’t too late in coming.

Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood’s tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy Jacob, by his father.

In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father’s apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, it seems they are thwarted, especially when Gabriel turns up missing.

Reader Advisory: This book contains gun violence and an instance of domestic abuse.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been release elsewhere. It has been revised, re-edited and substantially expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.

I’m a sucker for men in uniform trope so picking this one was a no-brainer. I was hopping for an action filed story and this one didn’t disappoint.

Rio and Gabriel are established couple. They don’t let years slow them down as the spark between them is still alive. Like any other old couple they bicker and balance demands of their jobs with their relationship.
Believe it or not, the action starts basically from the first page of the book. The kid from the neighborhood is kidnapped and Gabe and Rio are determined to get him back.

The story is well paced and there is just the right mix of police work and funny quips as characters tease each other. I shouldn’t forget sexy times as well since those two are still very much attracted to each other: the story gets a bit raunchy at times.
The middle of the book ratcheted up tension in a surprise twist. The sense of danger is almost palpable and I heaved huge sigh of relief once it passed.

I would have liked slower lead-in so I could get a better read on characters. It’s a case focused story, containing both heat and danger so if that’s what you want from book go for this one!

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