Title: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: A. J. Thomas
When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.
Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing person’s case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim’s dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he’s more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia’s disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray. As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.
Holding Out for a Fairy Tale by author A.J. Thomas is the second book in the Least Likely Partnership series. Both main characters in this book were secondary characters in the first book, A Casual Weekend Thing. While Holding Out for a Fairy Tale could stand on its own, I would recommend that you read the books in order so that you get the full history on Ray and Elliot.
Like the first book, this one is also a mystery/suspense story woven in that will pull you right in from the beginning. Centered on the actions of Ray’s family, there are a lot of twists and turns that the reader may not see coming. In fact, as the mystery aspect of the story was wrapping up I was shocked by some of what was revealed.
This is a romance story however, and the relationship between Ray and Elliot has just as many twists and turns as the mystery. It is easy to see there is a strong connection between the two men but both have issues that make a relationship hard to navigate. More than once I wondered if they would ever find their happily ever after.
I loved that the mystery the author has woven throughout this story not only is strong enough to pull me in, but that it also held my interest throughout the whole book. I was up until late in the night reading as I could not wait to see what would happen next. Anyone who loves a little mystery with their romance should really pick this story up.
A. J. Thomas is one of those authors who landed on my keep track of list after reading her first book. I would highly recommend readers give this author a chance as they will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: Lydia