Rough Trade (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Rough Trade (The Woodbury Boys Book 3)
Author: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: December 3, 2018
Genre(s): Dark romance, mystery/suspense, cop, fugitive
Page Count: 496 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?

This is the first book that I have read in this series. It can be read as a standalone. At first when I started reading this book I was skeptical if I would enjoy it or not but I have to tell you Ghost, one of the main characters, made this book. He is snippy, he is snarky, and you never know what will come out of his mouth that is for sure!!! So with each new page you never knew what Ghost would come up with next and that made the book that much better then it already was. This book is what I would consider somewhat of a dark read. There are references to rape and child endangerment. So be forewarned.

Ghost is a male prostiute. He has been for a while. After having a cop take an interest in him and wanting to help him, Ghost slowly starts to trust him. But that trust is broken when Ghost realizes that he is not what he made himself out to be. He is afterall a very bad man and now Ghost is on the run for life. When he gets help from an unlikely source, Ghost still questions if he should trust or not.

Rook knows that Ghost has been through some awful things in his life and his smart remarks are part of him protecting himself. And though Rook tries not like Ghost it becomes harder and harder the more Ghost starts to trust Rook. Trust is not something that comes easy for Ghost and Rook knows that this is rare for Ghost.

As the danger that Ghost is running from intensify, so does the feelings that Ghost and Rook are starting to have for one another. But once the danger is gone, will the feelings remain or will they disappear as well?

This was an excellent read with mystery, suspense, action, and even a weirdly perfect match. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next books in this series. Sidney Bell did an incredible job on this book!!! Definitely look forward to more in the future.

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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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