The Assignment - Valenti & O'Brian, Bk 1 Author:Evangeline Anderson Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O'Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster, and danger, and saved each other's asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti i... more »sn't really sure. He only knows that he wants O'Brian in a way that had nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with possession. It is a desire he will have to hide forever because O'Brian is undeniably straight.
Just as Valenti is coming to grips with his new, unacceptable feelings for his partner their police captain puts them on a new case that could blow Valenti's cover once and for all. He and O'Brian are going undercover at the country's largest and most infamous gay resort to bust a notorious drug lord and stop the shipments of poison cocaine that are flooding the gay bars all over the city.
Now Valenti will have to make a choice between friendship and desire. He and O'Brian will play the roles of gay men that will push the limits of their relationship to the breaking point. Will their time at the RamJack forge a new bond between them or destroy their partnership forever?
Also featuring I'll Be Hot for Christmas, a Loose Id Stocking Stuffer featuring Valenti and O'Brian, heroes from The Assignment.
It's a year after their assignment at the RamJack where they first confessed their feelings for each other. Valenti and O'Brian have been sharing an exclusive and white-hot relationship when Valenti suddenly pulls away. Understandably upset, O'Brian is determined to find out why his partner/lover is giving him the cold shoulder on Christmas, even if it means handcuffing Valenti to the bed to get the truth out of him!« less
Excellent read - although if m/m bothers you this is not for you. Truly likable characters stumbling their way from loving friendship to being in love with their best friend-terror stricken that something they do or say will destroy the relationship along the way. I really enjoyed it.
FYI, this is actually two stories - one novella [as above] and one short story taking place one year later. I enjoyed both.
If you are looking for a sweet and sexy gay romance, this book is for you. Do NOT expect plotting or action even though the premise of the book is that both leads are cops sent undercover to a gay resort to find evidence linking the owner to supplying drugs killing gay men in a nearby city. That mission is merely a plot device to get the two leads to play gay lovers and force them into sexual situations. That said, the story is a straight-up (pardon the pun) romance and is thoroughly enjoyable. Both characters are well-drawn, the backstory though lightly and quickly completed does exist, and the relationship and connection between the two leads is palpable. My only negative criticism is that the plot device in the main book is so weak you actually start to wonder if they're EVER going to look for evidence what with participating in Wankathons and similarly the plot device of conflict in the relationship in the small epilogue Christmas story is so weak it almost became confusing (although the sex was still quite hot!)
I really enjoyed everything about this except that it was set in the past. A big part of me said WHY? Nothing was really said that explained why it was in the past so it just didn't make sense.
Other than that, I loved the tension of two straight guys falling for each other. Since one of them had fallen before the other, I could understand his hesitation in admitting his feelings for his partner. And when the partner is saying one thing and doing another, more confusion ensues.
I read another review that said there wasn't enough plot here but I disagree. I didn't feel The Assignment was the plot. The plot was how these two men deal with each other and I thought that was handled very well.