Title: In the Flesh
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages/Word Count: 320 Pages
At a Glance: In The Flesh is a top notch cop story with enough heat and grit that you will not want to put it down until you reach the last page.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: 2nd Edition
Reno Detective Cristian Flesh is an out and unashamed cop, but his slutty ways might be his downfall. Christian lives by a strict set of personal rules, preferring hook-ups and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His guidelines work for him… until one of his tricks is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect.
Leave it to handsome lawyer Colby Maddox to save Christian’s life. He takes the case and the attraction between them is quick and undeniable. After several passion-filled encounters with Colby, Christian unexpectedly wants to break all his rules. However, before they can contemplate a future together, they’ll have to clear Christian’s name and find the real murderer.
Review: Gritty, raw and explosive are all excellent adjectives to describe this second edition release of Ethan Stone’s novel In The Flesh. Everything about this book is so visceral and the man behind the action, the sex, the badge, all so very compelling and real. This novel strips away any pretense of polite interaction and instead, gives you an “in your face” story that holds you spellbound to the last page.
Cristian Flesh has rules. Rules he lives by that keep his heart intact and his emotions tightly coiled behind a wall he has carefully erected. From the simplest of things, like no kissing, to the raw and painful, no talking about his past, Cristian rolls through life never repeating a one night stand and never really standing still long enough to understand why he is so very alone at the end of each day. Much like his private life, his career as a cop speaks of no bullshit police work that nearly always ends in arrests. While he is out and proud in the police force, it will be his hidden affair with a prominent pastor that will eventually be his downfall. Framed for a murder he did not commit, surrounded by dirty cops on the dole, Flesh must rely on a deeply closeted lawyer to save his career. In the end, he will have to either begin to tear down the wall and break a few rules, or lose the one man who can actually penetrate years of loneliness and deeply ingrained feelings of no self worth.
Author Ethan Stone is a no-nonsense writer who drives home his point in every vignette he sets up. His plot is intricate and spellbinding. His characters are flesh and blood men who live hard, work hard and, at the end of the day, turn to each other for solace and release. If you are looking for a sweet romance, you are coming to the wrong novel. However, if you are looking for fast paced action and characters you can sink your teeth into, then you have come to the right place. In the Flesh sets one man on a collision course with every rule he has established to keep his head in the game and the demons that haunt his past at bay. Perhaps the only flaw I can find in this novel is that there are times when the dialogue seemed a bit stilted, forcing the characters to occasionally feel jerky and just a bit off center. However, I found that those moments were then replaced with such intense feelings and emotions, as well as non-stop action sequences, that I was immediately drawn right back into the story.
In The Flesh is a top notch cop story with enough heat and grit that you will not want to put it down until you reach the last page.
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