ARC Review – Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan

 This book absolutely brought to the surface the real issues men and women face coming out when they work in a homophobic environment and the fact that sometimes it takes facing who you are to make you see clearly in all aspects of your life. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

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Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.

Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist.

Review copy provided for an honest review

reviewedby-Slick

I really love it when a man is so far in the closet and it takes love to make him bust out. In Sam B. Morgan’s Slow Burn Detective Douglas Brody (Brody) finds that despite what it might mean for him on the job, he just can’t deny the feelings and the relationship that develops between him and his physical therapist, Zack, while he’s recovering from a job related injury. I loved watching Brody come to terms with his sexuality and fight it as much as he embraced it. While not always pretty, this book absolutely brought to the surface the real issues men and women face coming out when they work in a homophobic environment and the fact that sometimes it takes facing who you are to make you see clearly in all aspects of your life.

I won’t lie Brody is one of those characters that you’ll hate one minute and love the next. He’s gruff and often speaks without thinking and is just flat out not a happy person. I couldn’t help but wonder if some of this is from keeping his sexuality hidden. However, he’s also a dedicated cop, some would probably argue that he’s too dedicated often taking the job home with him and unable to let go of the one case he’s been unable to solve since he was a rookie.

Zack is one of those guys that you can’t help but love. He has such a positive attitude and outlook on life despite his less than stellar childhood. I absolutely love how he helped Brody in so many ways; recovering from his injury, exploring and embracing his sexuality, and calling him on his inability to allow anyone to get close.

It was intriguing watching Brody discover sex with someone he actually cares about not just random club encounters. Zack was absolutely a patient and eager partner and willing to help Brody work through all of his doubts and insecurities. Zack having been burned before was hesitant to get involved with someone who was so deep in the closet, but it became evident early on both men were falling hard and fast for one another. Their sexual encounters were scorching hot, intense, and at times very touching.

Sometimes in a book a secondary character can really make or break a story and in this book, Brody’s long term job partner, Lamont absolutely made this book. I loved his humor, his candor, and the fact that after Brody came out he reacted in what I felt was a normal way. He was a little shocked, a little hurt that Brody felt he had to hide this part of his life from him, and supportive but honest that it was going to take some time to wrap his brain around it.

The suspense angle of this story was pretty secondary but it was necessary in order for Brody to understand that he could no longer keep the parts of his life compartmentalized.

This is the first book I’ve read by author Sam B. Morgan and I’m so glad I took a chance on it. Well developed and likeable characters, a believable plot line, and beautifully written sex scenes made this one very enjoyable M/M story!

4.5stars

4.5 Stars

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