Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Grime and Punishment (The Brothers Grime #1) by Z.A. Maxfield

Grime and Punishment  (The Brothers Grime #1)Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I should have paid attention to the cover: Caution Biohazard. This book not only includes a great romantic story and male on male hot scenes but also some really, really DIRTY stuff!

The Brothers Grime is Jack Masterson's way of helping people in crisis after disability ends his career as a firefighter. Jack's people get to a scene long after the physical trauma ends. They don't solve crime or rescue the victims. They help people move on. The new job is all Jack wants or needs, until he gets the call about old flame Nick Foasberg's suicide.

Ryan Halloran's cousin Nick has been on a downhill slide for a long time. Despite that, Ryan does everything he knows to help. Ryan only understands part of what happened between Nick and Jack in high school, but after Nick's suicide, Ryan agrees both he and Jack need closure. They work together to clean the scene and despite the situation, heat flares between them.

Jack is keeping a painful secret and fighting his attraction to Nick's lookalike cousin, Ryan. Ryan calls himself a magnet for lost causes and worries Jack might be the next in a long line of losers. Despite his misgivings, despite the past and the mistakes they've both made, Jack gives Ryan something to look forward to, and Ryan gives Jack a reason to stop looking back, in Grime And Punishment.

Okay, before I begin and you decide to read this book, this involves several hot men, a romance between two of them, a suicide, a closetted cop, a saucy cat and yeah, some dirty biohazard stuff too. So be cautioned.

Now, this is a beautiful romance between two men who are, as any fairy tale goes, really attractive and attracted to each other. These two are not spared of the usual angsts and such that are needed in the formula of a good romance story. There are also some issues that may come up that are sure to turn off some readers who have no idea how great a story this is:

1. the issue of a gay bashing and almost rape; and,
2. messy real details on a job that ought to belong to the Top 10 Dirty Jobs No One Wants To Do: Biohazard Cleanup Crew.

Warning: the author does not spare us any details that are sure to regurgitate any fantastic breakfast or snack the reader is eating at the moment of reading. Don't say I didn't warn you!

The great thing about this gritty romantic story is that the author does not spare her readers any details on anything which aim is to make this story work. If she had spared any details, I am very sure this would not have been worth any minutes spent reading this. But she didn't and the book works, and strangely enough, it made the relationship between Ryan and Nick even more romantic, more concrete, and sexier.

The only thing I am disappointed in is the HFN ending. I am a sucker for HEAs and I guess my bias is showing. However, I see a great future for these two men and this makes me want to find out just what happens to the rest of the men in this group.

Review based on an ARC sent by Netgalley

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