State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.
Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.
In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was
This is the kind of book that asks you to suspend reality and accept this is a work of fiction. Once I was in the right mindset I quite enjoyed it. There is a ridiculousness about it that just made it amusing. The whole reason for the case and the need for Brandt to go undercover were so spurious. It did however set up the amusing scenes in the boutiques. The live webcam as the way for getting Donnelly to ‘announce’ his attraction to Brant. As well as friends to lovers it’s also a Gay for you relationship. I can see why everything happens it just feels surreal, especially when everyone, with a couple of exceptions, seems to be straight! Would I read the next story, I’m not sure. I think it’s the narration by Peter B. Brooke that makes this book fo me. He puts a lot of feelings and excellent characterisation into it. I got a real feel for Donnelly, his family and Brandt, not to mention the wonderful assistants in the boutique.
3 of stars out of 5
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