There are so many reasons why this I shouldn’t have liked this book as much as I did. First, it’s short. Very short, only about 94 ebook pages. I’m not usually a huge fan of novella sized books simply because it’s hard to give a complete story in so small amount of page time. Secondly, our characters aren’t really “together” in Dirty Deeds. In fact most of their interactions are over IM. Lastly, it leaves off on a cliffhanger. Which is something that I normally hate. HATE. But, for some reason, against all odds, this book worked for me on every level.
Dirty Deeds is part of the EE, Ltd. series which is a continuation or spin-off of the Hell or High Water series. Before you read any further I do recommend reading the first two book in that series so you have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. This isn’t a feel good, soft romance. It’s dark and the two main characters are rough edged and dominant. Cillian is a spook who was introduced in the first book in that series, Catch a Ghost. He’s a mysterious, shadowy character who has his own agenda and plays a sort of cat and mouse game with his neighbor Prophet. Then there’s Mal, who didn’t come on my radar until the second book, Long Time Gone. Mal is a former teammate of Prophet’s and is determined to figure out Cillian’s endgame. Especially what exactly his relationship is with the traitor that Mal’s team is hunting for.
Cillian is in Amsterdam meeting with his many informants and trying to get a lock on John Morse. Mal is determined to beat the spy at his own game. Their first meeting is dirty and crazy hot, but it’s where they go from there that had me on the tip of my toes trying to figure out who would best who and how they would finally mesh. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but as every plot thread slowly came together, every intrigue became known and as it became obvious just how wrapped up in each other these men actually were I was so engrossed with this story that I couldn’t put my kindle down.
When I started this book I really had no idea how Ms. Jakes would take two such complex characters who have no prior relationship and bring them together. Much less make it work and be believable. But she did. Against the backdrop of shady night club backrooms, over IM messaging and through hints of these character’s past Mal and Cillian slowly work their way to building a relationship. They have a kind of meeting of the minds, two lonely men who live their lives on the edge, but have finally met their match. These men have an explosive chemistry. I can not wait to see where this author takes them next.
Just when the reader gets that “aha” moment the book abruptly ends. So now I’m hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that the next book in the series comes out soon. Final Grade- A
But hell, of all the gay discos in all the world…