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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Hostile Ground” by Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt

GUEST REVIEWER DEIRDRE TAKES ON THE NEWEST BOOK BY THE VOINOV/WITT PAIRING, “HOSTILE GROUND”

 

ABOUT:

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.

To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires— including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.

As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.

REVIEW:

Told from Mahir’s POV, we get a front row seat to a great character.

Oh Mahir . . .I loved him. Work, family, faith, and ethnicity all play important roles in defining, challenging, and revealing Mahir’s character. In the beginning, I held my breath, taking stock, but quickly, very quickly, I was cheering him on.

Diversity. Wow!! It was great to read an Arab Muslim character.

The realities of being a Muslim in America are not ignored!! Bonus points right there. Mahir experiences all sorts of racism, profiling, and bigotry in all aspects of his life, personal and private. What is endearing is how he handles it, or rather spearheads it. The pain and frustration are palpable, but his approach to dealing with it is refreshing thereby not allowing racism to take over the story.

I have come to count on these authors to embrace difficult topics so many authors will not. Thank you.

Ridley ….Tough, badass gangster, enforcer. I found myself wanting his POV, his thoughts on his work, his falling for Mahir . . . I wanted to know what he saw in Mahir. I wanted to know what made Ridley fall for Mahir, I wanted to experience that moment when Ridley saw Mahir for more than quick satisfaction. But, alas, I always feel that frustration when a story is only told from one POV. Perhaps this is my shortcoming!!

Kinza. . .This kid broke my heart. Our society and organized religions need to progress to the point where shunning children is seen as a parenting failure, a character flaw on the part of the parents, not the child. I just want to love on kids shunned by their families, especially LGBT kids. Mahir loves Kinza. The authors convinced me of this . . .which made the believability of some plot points tough.

Lombardi, ooooooo!! Love me a bad guy. More, GIVE me more…. I wanted more of this guy. More interactions, more darkness.

The plot …the action is very well written. Well paced. I found myself sucked into the anxiety and tension. The authors did a great job with mood here. When there was anxiety, I felt it. When the MC was bored with the monotony of his work station, I sensed it. When there was raw sexual energy or tender vulnerability, you were right there.

Holy hotness batman! Erotic moments written by this writing duo are always hot, and these are no exception. But, when needed, the sex scenes become intimate moving the plot and character development forward.

Is this a cop crime story or is this a romance? Is one stronger than the other? Are they evenly balanced?

I would say this is a decent balance BEGGING to be a series. Please let this be a series!!! I want more of these guys. I can see that becoming a favorite couple whose escapades I anxiously await.

Hurry up and read this people! I neeeeeed someone to talk about the spoiler plot points! Hurry! You will not be disappointed . . .

RATING: 4.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

20650630Title:  Hostile Ground
Author: Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt
Publisher:  Riptide
Pages:  362
Release Date:  May 12, 2014
Purchase Links:  Riptide

3 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Hostile Ground” by Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt

  1. Ditto! This book was awesome! I didn’t expect less from these two authors, especially from Voinov who is my favorite mm author ever. I loved Mahir & David together and the scorching chemistry between them.

    It should definitely be a series.*fingers crossed*

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  2. deirdre
    May 3, 2014

    I am hoping this sells a ton so these two continue!!! So glad this worked for you too. Mahir quickly became a favorite, but I am dying to get to know David more. Do you hear that authors? More please . . .

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  3. Andrea M
    May 3, 2014

    I was already looking forward to this book and the review makes me even more impatient! I thank you even if my credit card doesn’t.

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