Title: Broken Protocol (Smoke & Bullets #2)
Author: A.R. Barley
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 5th 2018
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Dante Green’s a police officer with a solid career—a career that for the past ten years has kept him far away from the one temptation he won’t let himself give in to: his younger foster brother. But when he bumps into the now-out-and-proud firefighter at Smoke & Bullets, he finds himself wrestling with fantasies and desires he thought were long behind him.
Luke Parsons fell in lust with Dante when he was thirteen years old, but he’s not a kid anymore. He’s a New York City firefighter, and he’s done chasing after things he can’t have. Until he and Dante witness a hate crime, and it becomes clear that Dante might not be as straight as Luke always thought.
With Luke to introduce him to the local gay scene, Dante dives into an unsanctioned investigation as the attraction between them grows.Unfortunately, Luke is completely and totally off-limits. Dating him would be a betrayal of their foster father’s trust. But Luke isn’t about to let anything get in the way of their happily-ever-after—even Dante’s fear of commitment.
This book is approximately 60,000 words
Not much to say here. I liked the writing much better than in the first book, but the story itself didn’t hold my attention.
I love the foster brothers trope and I loved Dante’s possessiveness and jealousy when it came to Luke. But I never understood why he thought his attraction to him as a “sin”. Was it religious or was it because he considered him a brother?
Unlike the previous book, there wasn’t much UST here IMO. Dante’s change of heart came completely out of nowhere.
But the mystery was still a winner, the sexy times, albeit muted and sparse, were very emotional and intense, and the ending left a smile on my face.