Love on the Rocks (Maya’s Review)

Title: Love on the Rocks
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Genre(s): Suspense
Page Count: 175
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Waking up on a pile of rocks with a bullet in his shoulder isn’t something Joe Brady saw coming, but perhaps the cute paramedic who finds him can do more than just help heal his wound.

Detective Joe Brady wakes up lying at the bottom of a cliff on a pile of rocks with a blond-haired angel hovering over him. No, he’s not in heaven. The blond is Riley Peterson, and his dog Champ is the one responsible for finding Joe. Fortunately for Joe, Riley is a paramedic and quickly gets him the emergency attention he sorely needs.

Shot by his rogue partner Bob Murdoch when Joe discovered Murdoch was running a protection racket for drug pushers, Joe wants to find Murdoch and bring him to justice, but he’s got a long road to recovery in front of him. While Joe is recuperating, Murdoch is arrested, giving Joe time to get to know Riley, the handsome paramedic. The two quickly bond, but Riley has an ex-boyfriend who wants back in Riley’s life and certainly has no qualms about playing dirty to get what he wants.

Slashed tires, an assault in a parking lot, and a prison break all seem set to doom Joe and Riley’s budding relationship. And when the deranged Murdoch determines to make them pay for his fall from grace—at gunpoint—it seems their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger…

Reader advisory: This book contains themes of stalking and harassment. There are references to abusive parenting and an abusive relationship, attempted murder and murder and on-page violence.

The story starts with one of characters getting shot and left for dead so that definitely had me keep my eyes open for more. Even in short time, I got solid read on characters and the fact that both have dogs endeared them to me. They are attracted to each other despite pretty grim circumstances they met and decide to see where the initial spark leads. They are both coming off dry spell, as Joe doesn’t date and Riley still smarts from bad break up. They make connection pretty quick, but real life interferes as Joe has problems on the job and Riley has to deal with reappearance of his ex.

The story has good flow so it’s easy to read and the plot is interesting. Their inner monologue made me laugh once or twice. About the only thing I didn’t like was them falling into bed right away. I loved them spending time together, the way they talk spicing it up with innuendo, but I mostly skipped sex scenes.

There was a nice cast of supporting characters ( I was wondering which book Scott and Jeremy are in)
It is good story where villains get their comeuppance and heroes their happy end.

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Galley copy of Love on the Rocks provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

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