Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon

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Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon

 

Both ebook and print covers.

Blurb:
In this town, danger moves to a steamy Latin beat.

Crimes & Cocktails, Book 1

SFPD detective Gabriel Sandalini might as well have put a gun to his own head. One red-hot sexual encounter in a bar’s back room has put two years of deep undercover work in jeopardy—two years of danger and deception as he worked his way into crime boss Ricco Botelli’s inner circle. Gabriel can’t afford emotional entanglements. Hell, he can’t afford emotions. But that was before he had a name to pin on that anonymous one-off—Miguel Ortega.

Miguel Ortega doesn’t trust anyone, but tough, street-smart Gabriel brings out the conquistador in his Spanish blood. But distractions are nothing short of deadly right now, not with his boss’s impending marriage to Botelli’s sister, which will ensure peace—and massive drug profits—for both families.

On a trip to Mexico to set up drug supply lines, a violent confrontation proves they’ve got each other’s backs—to a degree.

Then one savage act changes everything, testing not only their fragile bond, but Gabriel’s will to live.

 

Review:

When two high profile and award winning authors collaborate on a book there is going to be significant buzz surrounding the outcome and for “Mexican Heat” this was no different. I’ve been reading rave review after rave review on this book since the print release and that’s only continued for the electronic release. Of course I read it later because I’m just slow that way but I expected a solid offering from two authors with great writing ability and thankfully that was exactly what I received. The authors somehow merge their distinct literary voices to produce a cohesive and well written story that has all the hallmarks of a beloved, keeper book.

Gabriel is a fascinating character with his snappy dialogue, trash talking mouth and charismatic personality. He’s described early on as a “little firecracker” and it’s certainly an apt description of the always in motion and nervy man. His disarming charm, shown infrequently but surprising and fresh when it appears, keeps the man a mystery of nerves, stress, and adrenaline. His unwitting attraction and need for Miguel causes him no end of frustration, angst, confusion and ultimately love yet the complex and never easy journey is neither the sole focus nor readily solved. The authors refuse the quick fix with an easy happy ever after and instead allow the genuine flaws of the man to compete with honest emotion.

Miguel is a slick character with his rich history and dominating personality. His complicated and involved past and present are well drawn giving a depth to the smooth and crisp clear vision his character offers. His attraction to Gabriel is instantaneous and for him, mostly untroubled as he easily sees past the façade of the younger man to the true motivations and emotions. Miguel’s unwavering support and desire for Gabriel create the backbone of a complicated relationship. Their chemistry and interaction was incredibly hot and certainly titillating, with the authors giving detailed sex scenes hot enough to turn the temperature up even more against the steamy latin background.

Although this story was well written and quick paced, the book was not without a few missteps. Although minor, it was at times clear these were two authors not always successful in merging their distinct styles. I’m curious to see what would have been the outcome if both wrote the same story yet separately. Additionally the two parts to the book were slightly jarring as the pacing and feel of the book turned completely around at Part two. The first half of the book is hot and fast, suiting Gabriel’s point of view with lots of action between a colorful and rich cast of secondary characters. The build up of tension, both sexual and physical, is done well so that at the climax the book shifts into Part two, where the characters and action start a languid slide from the peak of action. The steamy setting of the first half of the book is incredibly lush with vivid imagery which turns to a cooler, slower, easier pace of the second half. The alternating points of view fit with the narration and pacing styles, yet didn’t blend as well as they could have. At the same time, this was certainly no detraction from the story which griped my attention from the start and refused to let go well into the night.

Mexican Heat is a thrilling and action packed story revolving around two complicated men with an explosively hot sexual chemistry and sizzling erotic sex scenes more than enough to tease and delight. Combined with rich scenery and a creative imagination, this wonderful story will definitely leave you wanting more in the best possible way. Whether you are new to these authors or long time fans, you want to buy this book. It is that good and possibly spawned an entirely new and wonderful drinking game. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait too long for the next installment.

Get the ebook here and print book here.

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