Title: Rainey’s Release (Kansas City Heat #6)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: March 27th 2015 — 92 Pages
This is book six in the Kansas City Heat series, see the full series listing here
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?
I loved the mystery/serial killer storyline. It’s fast-paced and absorbing, with clues spread throughout. I tend to prefer lots of plot, and for such a short, erotic work, this delivered a great story.
My only hesitations were the way the author characterized rape as a crime of “sexual frustration” and for an unclear bisexual male trope (which I can’t spell out because of spoilers). I did cringe at both of those. However, I don’t think the plot actually relied on those elements, so I was still able to enjoy the book.
For great action (of both the sexy and crime varieties), I definitely recommend this one.
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.”