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Sequel to The Royal Street Heist
Bissonet & Cruz Investigations: Book Two
Halloween is Beau Bissonet’s favorite holiday, from carving pumpkins to decorating his yard to donning a costume and scaring the neighborhood kids. But this year his Halloween is about to take a different turn, one that will challenge his skills as a detective and his commitment to his partner in work and love.
A year since Beau and Tollison solved The Royal Street Heist, found love, and formed Bissonet & Cruz Investigations, they are thriving personally and professionally. That is until Tollison’s ex, Bastien Andros, shows up out of the blue. Naturally, Beau’s suspicious, but two days after Bastien’s arrival, he goes missing, and Tollison worries his past may catch up to him.
A mysterious package makes clear who has Bastien and what’s at stake. With both Bastien and Beau’s lives now at risk, Tollison has only one option: travel to Zurich, Switzerland, secure and deliver the ransom, keep both men safe, and stay true to himself at the same time.
I think this was a case of the body snatchers. Or possibly it was some NOLA voodoo freak going on, but something was OFF with Beau and Tollison in this second episode of Bissonet and Cruz Investigations. The first book impressed me with a mesmerizing alpha male tango tangled with a suspenseful mystery. I enjoyed the characters, the story and the writing. This time around I felt like I was tolerating the characters, waiting for the story (which finally came after the half-way mark), and the writing felt different.
Beau and Tol are living their happily ever after and this allows for a wham-bam-thank-you-sir opening. The sex was frequent but stunning. They know each other, they adore each other, and they worship each other! It was scorching and spectacular. This helped to offset the less than stellar high-school drama that nearly ruined things for me. The exaggerated, over the top gush of lovestruck behavior did not mesh with my expectations. Their personalities changed with their established couple status. They were…different.
Another sore spot I had issues with was the spoon fed play-by-play. It wasn’t until the eighty percent mark that I was engaged and relishing in the suspense. The first three-quarters of the book was extremely tell and very little show, at least as far as the relationship and romance which took the driver’s seat.
The Thomas Crowne Affair blended with Mission Impossible heist was fun when I quit rolling my eyes at the boys. The setting was gorgeous when we were in the French Quarters and abroad. The quest and thrilling adventures were well researched. I still like both guys but I’m just not in love with them being in love. This surprises me more than anything. I fully anticipated a smitten smile across my face from my total reading pleasure. This did not happen.
I’m glad that the first book hit higher marks for me for I’m not certain I would have persuaded a second dose if this was book one. However, I haven’t completely fallen off the boat and I’m intrigued to see what the ‘ex’s’ have in store for them. I’m sure more excitement will knock on Beau and Tollison’s door and I look forward to returning to my previous fun-filled ride.