Review: Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3) by L.A. Witt & Cari Z.

After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.

But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.

Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.

Welp, the authors did not lie when they said they were going to be SUPER mean to the boys. They delivered.

Almost immediately Andreas is shaken to the core by the kidnapping of three of his children. He tries to hold it together and does so for the most part but there were a couple dark nights of the soul. Without Darren I'm not sure what would've become of him. Darren is the rock of Gibraltar through it all until his number comes up too. Then he hides in the case to escape his own reality.

Both events were harrowing and heart wrenching to read, but the thought I kept circling back to was how much they relied on each other to get through it all and if they could get through all this together it would make their relationship stronger. This installment along with the previous two does a fantastic job of reinforcing their connection, but if you're interested in super sexy times... you should prolly look elsewhere. Because no sex.

These authors have spent a great deal of time crafting Andreas and Darren and showing how much they not only love each other but fit together and in so doing, I truly believe that they are partners in every sense of the word after finishing Reckless Behavior. If their words didn't convince me the Han Soloing certainly did.

The kidnapping keeps them and us occupied and served to keep the pacing uptempo. My only quibble is for a kidnapping to be so painstakingly planned to then have no real endgame seemed odd not to mention anticlimactic. For me. However, I enjoyed all the case building, car chases, secondary characters and everything involved in resolving the case. If you're a fan of suspense thrillers, I suspect you probably will too.

A review copy was provided by NetGalley.

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