Author: Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 108 Pages
At a Glance: Jenna Byrnes’ writing is entertaining and keeps you wanting more.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: A madman targets gay drug addicts. Can the KCPD track down the latest serial killer before more blood is shed?
Detective William Rainey is the newest man assigned to the KCPD’s Homicide Division, having just relocated from St. Louis with his life partner, Joshua Wolf. When a murder with the same MO as several St. Louis crimes takes place, the similarities are hard to ignore. The investigation turns personal and soon hits close to home. A suspect comes to light and Will finds himself in a battle to solve the most important case of his life. Enlisting the help of Detectives James Dixon and Nick Peyton is tricky when the men don’t feel like they know him yet. Can he earn their trust before it’s too late?
Review: William Rainey and his partner Josh Wolf have made the move to Kansas City. Will has gotten himself a new job as detective for the Kansas City Police Department. Josh has a new job too, at the Bright Horizons Treatment Center, as a therapy counselor. He also has plans to look for a Narcotics Anonymous group that fits his needs.
Will starts his job at the KCPD feeling nervous about his being gay, he’s still unsure of how others will react to it, and unfortunately for him he’s temporarily assigned to James Dixon (aka Dix—he won’t answer to anything else). Their first homicide assignment is that of a young man found dead in an alley, with all the signs that he’d been a drug addict.
But what really has Will upset is Dix. Dix not only refers to him as “rookie” but tends to make homophobic statements. Will gets a chance to work some cases with Peyton and Laura ,and notices how much easier it is working with them than Dix. Will approaches Peyton and brings up the issue of Dix’s gay bashing. Peyton doesn’t hold back and shows a picture of his better-half to Will. Will is totally surprised. Peyton then calls Dix into the break room and confronts Dix about the gay bashing. Will is then stunned when Dix admits to being gay and married.
Will doesn’t know how to react, he doesn’t admit or deny to being gay, and this leads to a devastating turn of events. Will he lose his job? Or worse, loose Josh? Will the killer be found? How does Will make things right?
I have been totally sucked into the Kansas City Heat series since the beginning. The series name fits too: there’s a lot of heat in these stories, and Josh and Will are hot, hot, hot! Jenna Byrnes’ writing is entertaining and keeps you wanting more, she creates characters you want to keep tabs on, so it’s nice to hear about them in other books in the series. I think you could read Rainey’s Release as a standalone, but if you want to learn more about the other characters, here is a list of books in reading order: Dixon’s Duty, Peyton’s Pursuit, Cameron’s Cove, Taylor’s Task, and Gage’s Gift. I recommend them all.
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