Book: Ride Along
Series: States of Love~ Maryland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Publication date: June 14, 2017
Length: 122 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.
Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.
It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.
The first impression of Josh is not a good one, people. I was very much, "What an attitude." But when the POV shifts to him, we see. We see all too clearly why he acted how he did with Drew and all he faces on a daily basis. You don't stay angry with Josh very long.
This is labeled a novella but it is on the long side for a novella. And typically speaking I'm not fulfilled with them. I always feel like there are gaps and holes and I'm missing things or it's rushed. I didn't feel that way with Ride Along. Were there issues I felt needed tightening? Yes. But not to the extent it aggravated me. I would have loved more closure for Josh and his backstory issues but the author does close it up so you aren't left really wondering too much.
It's an enjoyable and sweet story about love and strength. About standing up for yourself and finding your person who will stand beside you.
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