Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: High Concept by Whitley Gray

High Concept
by Whitley Gray

Published September 10th 2013 by Loose Id
Loose Id
Formats Available: .epub, .pdf, HTML .exe, HTML .zip, .lit, mobipocked (.prc)

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.

After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.

The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.

High Concept is a murder mystery with two investigators at its helm. One man is FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman and the other is a DPD Detective Beck Stryder. They have to work together against their personal feelings. They have a history that should never have happened. Beck was deep in the closet and Zach was in a relationship. Now both are in each other's personal space day in day out and one thing leads to another and they have some man loving.

Now, that is the part of this story that covers the man-on-man romance. But this is not what the book is all about. 

High Concept is about a murder mystery that has to get solved. Pronto. The murders happen right in the middle of the gubernatorial elections and it just so happens that a main contender for the seat is a highly successful businessman, Isaac Olivetti whose family was caught right smack in the middle of the heinous crime, what with his child and wife murdered and himself battered to the brink of death. Thing is, nothing seems right and it is up to Zack and Beck to get to the bottom of it. Profiling a killer or killers with little or nothing to base on can be a bit difficult.

This was a well-thought out story. The author was very successful in writing in the complexities of the sociopath's mind, the complexities of a psychotic, as well as the difficulties law keepers face everyday with misguided bureaucracies slamming doors left and right. It is no wonder that there are so many cases out there that just go cold or the finding of a scapegoat may be the only way to shut the bureaucrats and politicians up. Readers will get a full ride of the whole investigative process and some pretty convincing and well researched medical complexities. For that alone, I salute the author. To round the tale up, we get a side dish consisting of two hot men who play the heroes of the day.

This was a really exciting book to read. I had been cramming myself with fantasy and cowboy loving for some time and this was not only a huge hit for me, it also made me realize this is the first I have heard or read a Whitley Gray book. If this is how she writes, I think I may have just missed out on a fantastic author. 

Now, if only there were a sequel to these two hot men's story? That would just be plain awesome.



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