The Trouble with Tony
Title : The Trouble with Tony
Series : Sex in Seattle, Book #1
Author : Eli Easton
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 144 pages (e-book)
Published : August 21, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.
Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?
Tony DeMarco is tall, dark and handsome and comes from a large Italian family in Brooklyn. He moved to the West coast to become a police officer after following a friend from college to Seattle. After being shot in the line of duty, Tony decides on a career change and becomes a private investigator. He has been hired by the family of a young woman to investigate her death. It has been ruled as a suicide but the family just can’t believe this was the case. Tony seeks the help of a friend of his, Mark, who is still a detective with the police force. Tony learns that the victim, Marilyn, had been seeking help from a sex clinic, one that also offers sexual surrogacy if needed. This leads Tony to go undercover to the clinic to try and find out more about who treated her and what kind of therapy Marilyn was receiving. What Tony does not expect is to be attracted to his suspect, Dr Jack Halloran.
Dr. Jack Halloran comes from a family of physicians and was expected to start his residency in Atlanta, instead after 911 he enlisted in the Army. On his last tour he was serving as a battalion surgeon, on that particular rescue mission he is hit by an explosive device and the injuries to his right arm end his career as a surgeon. Jack now works for Expanded Horizons, a clinic that specializes in treating sexual dysfunction. Jack had been treating Marilyn before her death.
Tony has his first meeting with Dr Halloran and explains why he is there. Jack immediately sees through Tony’s poorly constructed lie and calls him on it. Given that his cover story is blown, Tony confides something to Dr. Halloran that is the truth, surprising himself at the admission. Jack takes Tony as his patient not realizing Tony has an agenda other than the one he is treating.
The relationship between Tony and Jack from this point forward is complicated and often humorous. There are secrets, insecurities, ethical dilemmas and, sadly, a case that still needs solving.
I had the opportunity to read and review Superhero, a young adult publication from Harmony Ink, by Ms. Easton. I love her writing style and the voice she gives her characters. When I saw that she had another book coming out I immediately asked for a chance to read and review it. The Trouble With Tony is not young adult but the humor and voice of the characters which I loved before is still there. This book is also told from both characters point of view. Tony is so much fun to read with his need for euphemisms and “picky dick” problem. His family is presented as a stereotypical Italian/American family and I adored his mother with her embarrassing questions. Although the story deals with real life problems that are serious, it was not heavy or angst filled. It is a light, fun romance that also includes some very steamy scenes involving an exam table (you will just have to read it to find out).
I would like to know more about Michael, who works as a sexual surrogate at Expanded Horizons, it felt as if there was a story there to tell.
I have enjoyed both of the books that I have read by Eli Easton. Both made me laugh and left me feeling good. I am definitely looking forward to her next publication.
Rated 4 stars by Deb