A Casual Weekend Thing
Title : A Casual Weekend Thing
Series : Least Likely Partnership #1
Author : A.J. Thomas
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Mystery, Suspense
Length : 310 pages (e-book)
Published : May 13, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.
When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother’s suicide, he doesn’t expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother’s case. He certainly doesn’t mind spending more time with Doug—but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.
As they investigate, they discover Christopher’s dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer….
Detective Christopher Hayes is in the middle of his recovery from being shot when he receives word that his older brother Peter has been found dead. They say it’s suicide and they need him to come claim the body. Christopher hasn’t seen his brother since he was 12 and the last he heard the man was in prison. He has no love for his brother and he’s dealing with complications from the gun shot wound. His life is a mess right now and having to deal with his brother’s suicide is the last thing he wants to do.
Douglas Heavy Runner is not only in charge of the search and rescue team but a local cop. He gets called out to help rescue a man hanging off a cliff at the Lone Star State Park, but what he gets is a dead body. A dead body that looks to have been hanging there for quite some time. Only one thing that truly bothers Doug is the carvings that were made into the man’s skin. Now, Doug is on a search to find this man’s next of kin.
Christopher heads out to go claim his brother’s body and his possessions. Once he arrives in Montana, it’s late and he’s tired and in need of a little bit of stress relief. He decides to head out to a bar he saw on his way into town and see if he can’t find himself some company for the night. It doesn’t take long for him to run across Doug, who’s there looking for a one nighter. The two men hook up and instead of one night they have an amazing weekend together. Neither of the men really want to part ways but Doug needs to get back home to work and Christopher has his brother to deal with. How surprised they’ll be when they meet up again.
From there these two men have to deal with being suspects to arson, FBI dogs sniffing for dead body remains, searching through clues that Christopher’s brother has left behind, trying to find a pedophile right there in Doug’s little old town and the growing attraction and affection Doug & Christopher feel for each other. Then things take a turn for the worse when they’re on the hunt for Pete’s lover. A shooting gone wrong and Doug ends up in the hospital and Christopher is left in the sites of the killer. It’s a race against time trying to find a missing Christopher. Tire tracks and blood soaked ground and Doug knows if he doesn’t find him soon it could be too late.
This was a fantastic book! The writing was amazing, the plot was amazing and I loved all of the characters. Ok, I hated the bad guys but I loved Christopher, Doug and Christopher’s best friend Ray.
From what I can find on the internet, this is the authors first published book. I seriously hope it is not her last. I would love to see what she comes up with next.
Quick warning for those out there worried about too much description due to the book being about trying to catch a pedophile. You do not need to worry at all. The author did an amazing job keeping that behind the scenes and off page. So no need to skip this book because your unsure of it’s contents.
Rated 5 stars by Jen