2 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Length m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series

Unsettled (On the Strip #1) by Zach Jenkins

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 He’s a cop who looks like a cowboy and I just have to see his gun.

I’ve refused second dates for years because I’m too much of a mess to hope for any relationship to work out. After one wild, impulsive, and let’s face it, pleasantly filling night with James, I’m ready to throw all of that out the window.

Men are for drinking buddies and dirty jokes… and now, so much more.

Evan is the first man I’ve ever slept with. If I get my way, he’ll be the one I’m with forever. I’m not sure how I’ll tell the other guys at the police station, but I’ve got bigger problems to worry about.

Someone is attacking people on The Strip in August, GA, and they are working way too close to the club where Evan is a DJ. I’ve got to catch whoever is responsible so that I can protect Evan, the man who taught me everything about love.

Unsettled is a steamy, standalone, first time with a man, romantic thriller novel with no cliffhangers.


This had a lot of things going for it, but I never really felt it!

James is a closeted cop, who cannot seem to find the courage to actually do something about his bi-sexual leanings. His neighbour, a DJ at the local gay bar, comes over to pick a fight, and the two end up hooking up instead.

I wanted to like this, I really did. But I never really felt I got to know the characters in any depth and the romance between them was so rushed, that I never saw it coming. I was just told that they wanted to be with the other person forever.

There are two main plots to the story, the closeted cop and the rejected-by-his-family gay southern boy falling in love, as well as a murder mystery. However, none of the plots were developed with sufficient depth for me to really care or invest myself in the story.

The writing flowed very nicely however, and even if I wasn’t really invested the story was very easily read and didn’t feel like a chore to read. I just wish there had been more showing instead of telling with regards to the relationship and that the characters emotions had been more deeply explored. I never really believed the things I was told about the character’s behavviour or pasts, as I never saw any evidence of it.

I might still give this author another try, as the book was easily read, and I liked the premise of the story, but this one didn’t really work for me.

 2 out of 5 stars


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