Title: Risky Behavior (Bad Behavior: Book One)
Authors: L.A. Witt and Cari Z.
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Length: 319 Pages
At a Glance: Andreas and Darren are two opposite characters, but I liked their chemistry and how they interacted with each other.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.
Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.
As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox—and borderline unethical—methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?
Review: Detective Andreas Ruffner’s job is on the line. He’s being investigated by Internal Affairs. He doesn’t need or want a partner. He doesn’t do things by the book, and he has a good reason not to. Whispering and intolerant co-workers, don’t help either. He doesn’t need someone snitching on him and apprising his superiors of his actions. Andreas knows one thing for sure—he has to be careful who to trust.
Detective Darren Corliss is more than enthusiastic to start his new career. Darrin comes from a good family; he has a supportive stepfather who is a retired police commissioner. Being a beat cop for seven years, Darrin’s paid his dues. He hoped for more experience as a detective, after he passed the exam, but instead, he gets recruited by none other than Internal Affairs. He has no idea what he’s walking into with his new partner, Andreas Ruffner.
Darren finds the older Ruffner to be set in his ways. He doesn’t share, he’s stubborn and evasive, which certainly makes the job more difficult, but Ruffner finds out that Darren is not what he thinks. Darren is smart, tough, and can be a little instigator at times, but he’s not just another cop. As they get to know each other, they start to trust one another.
But then, things go haywire, and Ruffner is suspended, and Darren goes into action to prove that he is trustworthy and loyal.
Risky Behavior is a very good collaboration by L.A. Witt and Cari Z. Andreas and Darren are two opposite characters, but I liked their chemistry and how they interacted with each other. With Darren, there is a very warm and supportive family vibe to the plot.
I like that there is a solid story surrounding police procedures and investigation. The authors created a drama with danger, corruption, political intrigue, and intolerance. Two important issues also addressed are HIV and Alzheimer’s. This is a really great start to a series, and I’m so glad L.A. Witt and Cari Z. got together for this. I’m looking forward to book two in the Bad Behavior series.
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