4 and 4.5 Stars for Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4) by Jenna Byrnes – #MM Romance @Totally_Bound


Title: Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 28, 2014


A rapist changes his targets from hookers to reputable women. Can frightened townspeople rely on the KCPD to solve the crimes?

Detective Jeff Taylor of the KCPD Vice Squad is determined to nab the latest serial rapist preying on the city. As the violence escalates, murmurs of negligence plague the force. Tired of the accusations against the police, Jeff ramps up the investigation. With the members of the local neighborhood watch breathing down his neck, he and the Vice Squad are in a race to apprehend the suspect before anyone else is injured.

Reese Iverson owns the Cock and Bull British Pub, located in direct proximity to where the violence is occurring. Along with matching the reward money, he takes an active role in the neighborhood group. He also has his eye on Jeff, and his interest there is more than professional. Can they work together to solve the case or will their different methods drive them apart?

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This story has hints at rape and violence, but it is never truly described in detail. However, if rape or violence against women is something that will bother you, then do not read this story.
Jeff is a tough Vice cop. Right away, I liked this character. He was a no nonsense guy who went after what he wanted. Reese was also a very likable character.  With a serial rapist on the loose, Jeff and his squad have their work cut out for them. Reese is an active member of the neighborhood watch and despite their mutual attraction, Reese, in my mind, most definitely puts his foot in his mouth a few times. Jeff is a very honest character – he doesn’t fight his attraction to Reese, but when things start to pop up in public, things that only Reese would know, Jeff has to measure his career and reputation against his growing feelings for Reese.
Jeff is frantically trying to make the public safer, while trying to figure out why Reese would let intimate details of their love life be known to his friends. Jeff is a private person, so he feels that Reese has betrayed his love. Reese’s pub is under siege at the same time that the city is running scared from the serial rapist. Finally, both Reese and Jeff come to realize that they are both victims. Together, they fight against the forces who would separate them.
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from Byrnes.
This short novel hit pretty much every one of my sweet spots: Police officers doing their jobs, hot British men, great sex, and an absorbing plot.

I loved the interactions between Jeff and Reese. They had great chemistry, and not just because of their instant attraction. They do start off hot and heavy, but it blooms into a great relationship, and the fun is in seeing how they get there.

The plot is really absorbing. It’s not like a typical mystery, where you’re trying to figure out which character is the criminal. It’s mostly about the police officers doing their work and piecing together the case. Don’t read too much into it.

The sex scenes are scorching without being overdone. These guys start out deep in lust with each other, and it’s pretty obvious from the intensity of their lovemaking. But the scenes never have the feel of being too much–they fit the characters and situation well, and they’re well-written.

Readers should be aware that although there are no graphic scenes of rape, there are some detailed descriptions of the aftermath of several rapes. That was not clear from the content descriptors, and I think it would be good if that could be added.

I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading Ms. Byrnes’ other work.

4.5 stars



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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.”


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One Response to 4 and 4.5 Stars for Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4) by Jenna Byrnes – #MM Romance @Totally_Bound

  1. Thanks for the great reviews!

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