ARC Review: Loaded by Casey Ashwood

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Title: Loaded
Author: Casey Ashwood
Series: Loaded, Book One
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: July 26th 2016
Find It Here: Goodreads, Amazon

“I know when a man's heart belongs elsewhere.”

Denver Hayes is almost as proud to be a NYPD detective as he is of his daughter, though he and her mother divorced three years ago. He's been partners and best friends with Eugenio for years. Through thick and thin, they always have each other's backs, and there's no one else Denver trusts more with his life. But Denver's desire for more than a bromance with his partner just won't go away.

"You can't just use me like that."

Detective Eugenio Mendes is a tough cop who likes gallows humor but loves his expressive, outgoing family – and he counts his cop partner, Denver, as family, too. He's been best friends with Denver for so long that he's never considered pursuing something more... besides which, he's straight. Still, there's something different about their relationship. If only he could figure out what it is.

There was murder in his eyes.

When Eugenio's cousin comes to them bruised and desperate for help, the detectives spring into action. The tension of their job leads to a sudden passion between them that they never saw coming. Can they get past the confusion and lust to become something more? Or will the harsh reality of this case and Internal Affairs destroy their future together as partners in every sense?

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
This is only the second Casey Ashwood book I've read, and I enjoyed this one even more than the last one.  I'm such a huge sucker for friends to lovers stories.  The fact that they are cops/partners is even better!  This is a GFY (gay for you) style romance that is going to be part of a new series, but can be read as a stand alone and has a HEA ending.

Eugenio is a straight man that recently has been looking at his partner in a new way.  He's heard from multiple people that he talks about his partner nonstop, so when a woman ends their date by saying that she can see that his heart lies elsewhere he decides he wants to give things a try with Denver.  He doesn't always say or do the right things, but you can tell how much he cares about those closest to him.

Denver has been harboring feelings for Eugenio for quite a while, but never makes a move because he "knows" Eugenio is straight, and he doesn't want to lose his best friend.  Denver has been with people that have wanted him to go back in the closet and doesn't want to be in that situation again. He has gotten to the point in his life where he wants a serious relationship, someone that will love him and his daughter. He is really understanding and patient with Eugenio as they get used to their new feelings for each other.

While trying to navigate their new relationship they end up with a case that is very personal for Eugenio.  His cousin has been keeping a few secrets and has gotten himself into a tough position and into a dangerous, violent relationship.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series!  I can't wait to see what Casey Ashwood comes up with next.

** I received a free ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **

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