Title: Page’s Price (Kansas City Heat #10)
Author Name & Publisher: Jenna Byrnes (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
When two KCPD detectives go undercover to catch a band of drug dealers, they reel in more than they were expecting.
Detective Gene Page remembers all too well the recent deaths caused by the Insanity drug. His task force was close to apprehending one of the major pushers in the area, but had to pull back when another detective’s son was threatened. Now Page is back on the case, working undercover, and looking to bring down the local members of the notorious Montoya drug cartel.
Sexy Rastafarian drug dealer Suede Santana is high on his list of people to watch. Page could watch the handsome hunk all day, in fact, but knows he can never touch. When Suede is finally apprehended he has a story of his own to tell, and the KCPD is forced to rethink their tactics. Diego Montoya is the head man in charge, and they focus their efforts on bringing him down. But does the undercover task force have a chance of succeeding when they find out Montoya has disappeared without a trace?
First of all, I have to say that I was thrilled to see another installment in the series. I am not typically a fan of what I call “guy guy” romance, but these are some of my favorite stories. I love the diversity, the suspense, and the fact that these guys are confident in themselves and don’t go around reminding everyone how manly they are every other page. I freely admit I don’t read these for the romance. I read them for the action and the characters, and the hotness is a side bonus.
True to the rest of the series, there’s a great story about an undercover takedown of a drug ring. I enjoyed the intrigue, and I definitely did not see the big surprise coming at the end. There were definitely hints, but I missed them. It was really well-played, and I loved seeing Gene and Suede/Rafi come together to take out the bad guy.
For the most part, the sex was great. Hot, but in a way which felt true to the characters. There were two minor instances where I felt there was some iffy consent: one where Gene wakes Suede/Rafi up with intimate contact and no context in which we could be sure that this was a thing they’d agreed on; and one after Gene is injured where Suede/Rafi doesn’t really ask if he’s up to it (which he literally isn’t) and proceeds anyway. This might bother some readers. It made me uncomfortable enough it was worth a mention just in case some readers prefer not to read that.
Other than that, this was a terrific read and I enjoyed the ride.
I have read the previous 2 stories in this series and really enjoyed them. This one was still enjoyable, but it lacked some of the punch that I was used to from the previous stories.
I really enjoyed Suede – he was a no nonsense guy who went after what he wanted. But, he also had a tender side that was also such a switch from what his day to day personality was that it was sometimes hard to meld the two personalities together.
Then you have Gene. He was much more timid in this story than what I would have thought. I really liked his relationship between Robin and the rest of the department. I thought that it showed how much respect everyone had for each other.
In this story, Gene and Suede must piece out who is trust worthy and who needs to be taken down. The mystery was somewhat predictable and I was able to figure out most of the story before the big reveal, but what made me think this story was a little lacking was that I didn’t really feel the chemistry between the two main characters. It was somewhat flat for me. The scenes were quick, lacked a lot of description and over before they really got going.
Overall, the story was good, but I wish that there had been more chemistry between the main characters.
Gene is an undercover KCDP detective tryin to take down a drug ring in the city. Little does he know that one of the guys he takes down in the drug raid is Suede. Suede is not everything that the KCPD believes him to be…..he is so much more. Suede turns out to be an undercover also whose name is Rafi.
After undercovering that Rafi is DEA, him and Gene go back undercover to try and bring down the big boss and his sons.
What I truly loved about this book was you have different divisions of good guys that do things two different ways but those two divisions come together and work as one to try and bring down the bad guys. I also loved that even though Rafi and Gene become involved during the case, Gene still had to question himself on if he should trust Rafi or was Rafi just playing the game good enough and out for only the case and not to help keep Gene safe.
I found myself even questioning through out the book if Rafi was truly one that could be trusted or had he been undercover to long and actually became the person he was supposed to be trying to get off the streets.
This was definitely a book you did not know who was actually who. A book that you question who is the good guys and who is the bad. And who would truly have wise back if it went belly up. Of course none of that was reviled to the very end and it was a shocker.
I would definitely recommend this book to others to read, especially if you like a little bit of mystery with your romance and of course you cannot forget there are COPS involved along with DEA. Always a plus…. Good job Jenna and a good book.
Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.
Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”