21 February 2015

Hard Case by Elizabeth Lapthorne

 Troy has been recovering from an injury and is going crazy. Steven—one of the nurses helping him—has caught his attention in every way. When both men are dragged into a government conspiracy thanks to the consulting work Troy does, the men get thrown into a life-altering, intimate situation where the only way out is to rely on each other fully.

Troy Price has been recovering in the hospital. One of the Triage nurses, Steven Thompson, has caught his eye. Drawn into his consultancy work, Troy finds himself in way over his head. Steven, intrigued and protective stumbles along with him.

All too soon Troy and Steven are dragged into the murky world of back stabbing, double dealing and where nothing anyone says is really how it seems. By the time they realise Troy’s contact may have double crossed them from the start—and sent two assassins after them and a parliament official, things spiral rapidly out of control.

Troy and Steven need to work together, fast, to try and find out what’s really going on. With danger lurking around every turn and with death the only easy way to defend oneself, Troy and Steven have to rely on each other and trust one another as never before.

Publisher's Note: This book is related to The Agency series but can be read as a standalone title.
We start this novella with Troy being discharged from a hospital and thrown right into another case when his sometime partner and friend Fin brings his girlfriend in to have Steve, Troy’s nurse give her a once over because she was just shot. As they are talking, they discover that Steve went to school with their next case. Steven and Troy have been hiding there feelings for each other just under the surface while Troy was healing but now that he is better all bets are off. And things quickly heat up while they race across London to solve the case.

 This quick 93 page read is deals with intrigue, government cover up and love. It’s a fast paced who done it that pretty easy to follow and solve, but the characters have good chemistry and good dialog.   My only complaint is it felt choppy, having never read this author before not sure if that the style or editing?


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