Forced Impressions

Author: Piper Doone

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Jonah Landers’s promotion to detective isn’t going so well. His first undercover operation is a disaster thanks to Rafael Santos, a Cuban-American detective so far undercover, no one on Rafael’s Miami-based squad even had a clue he’d already infiltrated the prostitution ring Jonah was targeting. Two years and an insane twist of fate later, Jonah finds himself transferred from Orlando and partnered up with Rafael in Miami—and their rocky beginning doesn’t get any better.

For the sake of their careers and because he realizes he’s falling for Rafael, Jonah makes every attempt to smooth things over and move on with his love life. He turns his attention to A.J. Choya, a Seminole Indian who runs the tech department. But there’s no spark between them, and Jonah has to admit his feelings for Rafael aren’t going away.

When a new case falls into Rafael’s and Jonah’s laps, they must go undercover again and become intimate in a way that forces them to confront their feelings for each other—no matter the consequences.

 

Review:  Jonah Landers did not mess up that undercover operation trying to bust a prostitution ring. That was all the fault of Rafael Santos. And of course Jonah was the one who got punched in the face and a tanking career to thank for that whole disaster. Jonah decides to move to a new city to rejuvenate his career as a police detective. On his first day on his new job in Miami he gets the last guava pastry at the bakery and goes in to meet his partner. His new partner is Rafael Santos. Yay. They don’t hit it off too well. Jonah is convinced Rafael doesn’t respect him as a cop nor does he like him at all as a human. It only gets more awkward when Jonah begins to date AJ Choya. AJ is a really nice guy. He’s not exciting, or anything, but he’s… really nice. Jonah notices that Rafael is really exciting. And passionate. And attractive. And Jonah happens to be dating AJ who is really nice. When Jonah and Rafael have no choice but to go undercover together things go way farther than either guy ever intended. Jonah and Rafael have to figure out what they want to do about this new complication in their already rocky partnership.

I’m not really a fan of love triangles, and this one was more drawn out than I expected. Maybe triangle is a bad description. Jonah was pining for Rafael while thinking Rafael hated him. He wasn’t torn between two lovers so much as he just didn’t feel a possibility of love for the guy he was actually dating. I kind of wanted to tell Jonah to just pull up his big boy pants and do the right thing, even if that meant he was alone. He had made a lot of decisive moves in terms of his career, and he broke it off with a guy who was cheating on him, then he led a guy on because he didn’t know if he really loved his partner and he didn’t want to be alone. It left me frustrated.

It took forever to get Jonah and Rafael together. Three quarters of the book was inscrutable looks from Rafael mixed with grudging respect of Jonah’s job capabilities and Jonah dating a really nice guy. It felt less like a slow burn and more like Jonah just didn’t know Rafael. When they do get together Jonah has sure knowledge of what Rafael needs from him sexually. How does he know that? For three quarters of the book he was pining for the guy and had no clue that was reciprocated then suddenly he knows the guy that well?

Sadly, this book didn’t work for me. I found myself more interested in the police and criminal aspects than I was in the romances.

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