Title: In the Flesh
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Reno Detective Cristian Flesh is an out and unashamed cop, but his slutty ways might be his downfall. Cristian lives by a strict set of personal rules, preferring hook-ups and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His guidelines work for him… until one of his tricks is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect.
Leave it to handsome lawyer Colby Maddox to save Cristian’s life. He takes the case and the attraction between them is quick and undeniable. After several passion-filled encounters with Colby, Cristian unexpectedly wants to break all his rules. However, before they can contemplate a future together, they’ll have to clear Cristian’s name and find the real murderer.
In the Flesh is the first book in Mr. Stone’s mystery series Flesh. This book is a second edition put out by a new publisher. The story introduces the main characters, Cristian and Colby, as well as some key secondary characters, like Gabe.
Cristian is a detective with the Reno police department. He has a questionable past, a tough set of rules he lives by, and no real close connections with anyone. Yet with all that, I could not help rooting for him. When a person from his past shows up, and one of Cristian’s hook ups, who turns out to also have a connection with the person from Cristian’s past, turns up dead, the young cop become a prime suspect.
Colby is a lawyer who takes Cristian’s case as a favor for a mutual friend. There is a strong connection between the two men, yet while Cristian is openly gay, Colby is not. This difference causes conflict between the two men and they have more than a few obstacles to overcome before their relationship can move from acquaintances to friends to lovers. The chemistry between them, however, is intense and these men really heat up the pages once they can no longer deny their attraction.
While the struggles the two men go through are important, not only to the story but also to the growth of the men themselves, it is not the only thing they must deal with. In order to free Cristian from possible charges, it is necessary for them to figure out who killed Sanchez and Kismet, as well as who is trying to frame Cristian. There are a lot of twists and turns in this mystery. Some the readers will see coming and others they will not. The author does a wonderful job however, keeping the reader entertained and wondering what will happen next.
I love this series and have read the first editions many times already. After reading this new edition I cannot wait to reread books two and three, and while I await the new editions of those, I will just have to look up my copies of the originals. Anyone who loves a good gritty mystery should diffidently start with this one. It will surely make you a fan of the author.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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