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    4.5 stars- All in what you're looking for

    As a fan of forensic crime novels and police procedural shows, Risky Behavior immediately captured my attention. The introduction of Andreas and his objections to yet another new partner was a great lead-in to the tense relationship between Darren and him. The suggestions of Andreas’s misconduct and a larger backstory for both men further peaked my interest. This book is heavy on the police/investigative details, which I loved, but others may feel those aspects bog the romance down. The writing and dialogue flowed really well, keeping a steady pace and without any of those tonal shifts when co-authors have competing styles. I stayed engaged with the crime investigation throughout the book, and was surprised by a few of the corrupted links Darren and Andreas uncovered. The plot contains a good assortment of action scenes, but I’d say it focuses mainly on the detection/mental side of things. While I wasn’t blown away by the intensity of the action scenes, they were written well and with a brisk pace. What hooked me were the characters. I gained a really good understanding of both Andreas and Darren- their personalities, motivations, histories. They were vividly flushed out and left me wanting more from the duo. I also loved the humor. There was this casual feel to the writing tone blended with humor that was a little dry, but punchy. It fit well with the characters and made for a really enjoyable read. I think a reader’s enjoyment of this novel will be largely based on what they are looking for in a story. Do you want a romance that involves detectives, or a story/series based around detectives who have a romantic connection? For me, Risky Behavior was the latter. The romance between Darren and Andreas definitely had steam but I didn’t really feel a chemistry beyond the men making excellent partners in their professional lives. There is a major age gap (over 20 years I think), and while it was minimally addressed with off the cuff comments or banter, there wasn’t much more to that. I’m guessing since this is the first in a series, that there will be more chemistry and relationship build-up in the coming books. I’m eager to see where the relationship goes and if there is a little more palpable spark between Darren and Andreas but I really just liked the characters themselves and how they played off one another as friends/lovers and professionally. At this point, I could take or leave them as a couple, so long as I get more of the crime investigation, banter, and inner dialogue that had me laughing. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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