The Assignment [NOOK Book]

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The Assignment

Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O'Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster, and danger, and saved each other's asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti isn't really sure. He only knows that he wants O'Brian in a way that had nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with ...

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Overview

The Assignment

Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O'Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster, and danger, and saved each other's asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti isn't really sure. He only knows that he wants O'Brian in a way that had nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with possession. It is a desire he will have to hide forever because O'Brian is undeniably straight.

Just as Valenti is coming to grips with his new, unacceptable feelings for his partner their police captain puts them on a new case that could blow Valenti's cover once and for all. He and O'Brian are going undercover at the country's largest and most infamous gay resort to bust a notorious drug lord and stop the shipments of poison cocaine that are flooding the gay bars all over the city.

Now Valenti will have to make a choice between friendship and desire. He and O'Brian will play the roles of gay men that will push the limits of their relationship to the breaking point. Will their time at the RamJack forge a new bond between them or destroy their partnership forever?

I'll Be Hot for Christmas, a Loose Id Stocking Stuffer featuring Valenti and O'Brian, heroes from The Assignment

It's a year after their assignment at the RamJack where they first confessed their feelings for each other. Valenti and O'Brian have been sharing an exclusive and white-hot relationship when Valenti suddenly pulls away. Understandably upset, O'Brian is determined to find out why his partner/lover is giving him the cold shoulder on Christmas, even if it means handcuffing Valenti to the bed to get the truth out of him!

Publisher's Note: The Assignment and I'll Be Hot for Christmas are male-male love stories and contains homoerotic sex acts that may be offensive to some readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596322257
  • Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 44,769
  • File size: 371 KB

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Early 1980s

"This is gonna take some getting used to." Detective Sean O'Brian plopped down on the huge, four-poster, king-sized bed and slid one hand up the elaborately carved post nearest him thoughtfully. "Lap of luxury," he muttered.

"What, sleeping in the same bed, or being my 'boy'?" Detective Nicholas Valenti, O'Brian's partner of six years, grinned at the smaller man while he stowed his folded clothes in the carved oak dresser that matched the bed. O'Brian was done with that chore, having shoveled his own clothes into the two drawers above Valenti's the minute they walked into the room.

Usually O'Brian was the neatnik, while Valenti tended to let things go, but the tall man felt the need to have something to do with his hands. As for O'Brian's hasty unpacking job--well, Valenti reflected, it wasn't the first thing his partner had done out of character lately--not by a long shot. The fact that they were unpacking their bags at the RamJack was ample proof of that.

"Both," O'Brian said succinctly. "But I still don't understand why I have to be your boy. Why can't I be the sugar-daddy, huh? I'm butch enough."

Valenti sighed. Not this again. He was beginning to think that O'Brian was whining about their arrangement just to get to him. A small smile playing around the corners of his partner's full mouth told him his guess was probably correct.

"We agreed that you would be the boy because you're so little and cute and furry--like a blond teddy bear, remember?" He looked over his shoulder and grinned at O'Brian, who had flopped onto his back, the better to enjoy the plush mattress.

Valenti knew his partner hated to beteased about his blond good looks and compact stature. O'Brian wasn't exactly short at five-nine, but he wasn't exactly tall, either, especially compared with Valenti's six-two. "Also, because you're better at shaking your ass," Valenti added.

"You got that right." O'Brian grinned back, refusing to rise to the bait. The grin reaching all the way up to his sea-green eyes, fringed thickly with reddish-blond lashes. "Yeah, I know I'm cute, and I'll play your boy. Just don't expect me to suck your dick, all right?"

"I think I can safely promise it won't come to that," Valenti answered dryly. But his partner's words caused something low in his body to tense. "After all," he continued, trying to put O'Brian's careless words out of his mind as he shoved the rest of his socks in the drawer, "Captain Harris told us to go undercover--not under the covers."

"Yeah, yeah, I know. Remind me again how we got such a plum assignment," O'Brian grumbled. He rolled over on the bed so that he lay on his stomach and looked at his partner in the mirror over the dresser. "Oh, yeah--'cause none of the Narc detectives that should be doin' this job are comfortable enough together to play 'gay.' But apparently we are."

"You have to admit, O'Brian, we don't freak out if we accidentally touch each other, like a lot of guys do." Valenti caught himself noticing in the mirror how tightly his partner's jeans were stretched over his firm ass and had to look down quickly at the drawer he was filling so methodically.

"That's 'cause we're so studly, we don't have to worry. We're secure in our masculinity, corazón. Muy macho," O'Brian answered contentedly. It was a joke between them that the Irish O'Brian knew more Spanish than his partner. Valenti couldn't speak a word despite the fact that he looked every inch of his Colombian heritage, with his black hair, brown eyes, and natural tan. He was actually more WASP than Latino in temperament and background.

"Yeah, we're a regular couple of studs, all right," Valenti answered distractedly, still unpacking. "Wish you wouldn't call me that, Sean."

O'Brian had always had a penchant for crazy nicknames, and he had picked up the affectionate Spanish corazón, which meant "heart," from Valenti's grandmother on a trip back east to visit his best friend's family a few years before.

Abuelita was the only member of Valenti's family to retain her ethnicity in the move his parents had made from the south side of the Bronx to the Hamptons when Valenti's father had made it big. Valenti had only been three at the time, and his upwardly mobile father had insisted that nothing but English would ever be spoken in his new home.

So aside from a few standard phrases and his grandmother's pet name for him, Valenti didn't speak a word of Spanish. O'Brian, who had no formal training but a natural ear for languages, did.

"What, corazón? You know you love it, Valenti. Besides, what are you afraid of--that people are gonna get the wrong idea about us? In this place, it'd be the right idea, ya know?" O'Brian laughed, a musical tenor that always fooled people into thinking he had a beautiful singing voice. Valenti knew the truth about that--his partner might have an ear for languages, but he was completely tone-deaf when it came to music. O'Brian couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

"I should never have let you know I hated that nickname," Valenti grumbled, still trying not to look in the mirror. Honestly, he didn't see how the hell O'Brian's jeans stayed on at all. He wore them so tight over his round, firm ass, they always seemed in imminent danger of spontaneous combustion--the way Valenti felt any time he was around his partner lately. Since he and O'Brian were almost always around each other, it was creating something of a problem for him.

"Make ya a deal: I promise not to call you by your abuelita's nickname for you, if you'll just hurry the hell up with the unpacking. I wanna go check this place out--it's s'posed to be really ritzy." O'Brian sat up suddenly on the bed.

"Almost done. Can't wait to get out there and shake your groove thang, huh, partner?" Valenti answered, trying to get back to their normal banter. He risked a look in the mirror and saw his own worried eyes looking back.

"You know it babe--I'm hot." O'Brian jumped off the bed and did a few impromptu dance steps to prove it, shaking his round ass for the benefit of Valenti and thousands of adoring invisible fans.

Valenti shook his head in mock exasperation. This was the first really big case they'd been assigned since O'Brian's near-fatal stabbing over six months ago, and his partner was a ball of nervous energy.

"Get outta here," he growled, slapping O'Brian on the back with a folded undershirt. "Go explore on your own for a while and leave me to finish unpacking in peace. Just try to stay out of trouble, and I'll meet you later."

"You sure you wanna risk some other daddy bear grabbin' my tender virgin ass when you're not there to protect me?" O'Brian grinned and batted surprisingly long eyelashes. He stripped off his leather jacket, revealing the familiar furry chest underneath a skin-tight white T-shirt.

Twonnie, their consultant about all things gay, had tried his best to convince O'Brian to wax, arguing that gay men in general and boy toys in particular didn't go for that much body hair. But O'Brian had adamantly refused. Secretly, Valenti was glad about that--his partner wouldn't have been the same without the mat of wiry, reddish-gold hair that decorated his well-defined chest.

Still posing for his fans, O'Brian preened for the mirror. "I'm a hot little twinkie." The skin-tight jeans clung lovingly to his plush ass and outlined his heavy cock, which bulged suggestively through the worn material.

Valenti groaned and rolled his eyes in mock disgust, although he privately agreed with his partner's assessment of his own body. "Would you get outta here?" He shook his head sarcastically. "You're driving me nuts with your blatant sexuality." In fact, he was more than half hard from watching his partner move so provocatively, but he kept up their usual casual banter, hoping O'Brian wouldn't notice. There was no reason for his partner to be looking at his crotch anyway. O'Brian didn't swing that way, no matter what Valenti had been wishing lately.

"I'm goin' already." O'Brian threw one last grin over his shoulder as he sashayed to the door of their suite in that hip-rolling, ass-shaking swagger he had perfected for this assignment. "But you're gonna miss me when I'm gone."

"Yeah, I'll miss you like a bad rash," Valenti said lamely and made as if to throw a pair of rolled-up socks at his partner's head. Pretending to duck, O'Brian scooted out the door quickly, only to open it a second later, poking his head through the crack to say, "See ya later--daddy." The socks hit the door as he banged it shut with a flourish, and Valenti could hear him laughing all the way down the hall of the luxurious resort.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    HOT JUST FREAKIN' HOT!!!

    I absolutely loved this book. Sean was such a loveable character, and Nicky was great, but stuck in his own misery, self induced misery, and couldn't see the forest for the trees, but I loved how they interacted with eachother, and how easy it was to fall in love with Sean. The easy way he just went with everything and surrendered himself to Nick, and went after what he wanted. It was great. I really hope to read many more books from this author. The sex was sizzling, and the I love you's were perfectly placed, and it was such a delight to read I'll likely reread it many times. Great love story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    it was fantastic

    from all the books i've read this made me stay up all night until i finished it. The part when Obrien was willing to do anything until the case was solved, it got me by suprise and Valenti had all those chances to do what he wanted to do, and even Obrien was willing to, but over all it was a fantastic gay erotica novel. I give it a 5 stars.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    Great book!

    I thought this was a great book. The writing to the chemistry between the main characters was amazing! I found myself wanting to kick Valenti sporadically throughout the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    A great read with lots of heat

    The Assignment is a well written and believable story . Detectives Nicholas Valenti and Sean O'Brian are very likeable . When detective Sean O'Brian 's ego get him and his partner (lover?) in trouble on their latest undercover job, can his partner Nicholas Valenti ... Well you will just have to read the story to find out what happens and then take a long cold shower afterwards to recover.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Steamy

    Hot and steamy, but way too short

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Hottttt!!!

    Loved this book. Especially Sean. It is a short book, but a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Still one of my favorite m/m novels ever....

    This book will have you rolling. I was mesmerized and laughed out loud numerous times. I have read it more then 5 times and everyone I have had read it, regardless of whether or not they are into m/m romances, have loved it...that says something about this amazing book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Really, really good.

    I am pleasantly surprised at how the author captured many authentic feelings that could plausibly happen in real life. This story parrallels a passion that two men can share. The plot is semi-elementary, but the author makes up for it by wonderfully capturing the emotions of both men. This book is a quick-read and a well-worth purchase. I look forward to reading more by this author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Amazing, fell in love with both Nick and Sean. Tender and sweet

    Amazing, fell in love with both Nick and Sean. Tender and sweet

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Ridiculous

    I couldn't get through 30 pages. Every stereotype ever heard. Who is this crap written for? Certainly not for any secure gay male in 2012.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Great story, well done!

    I highly recommend it. It's a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    AMAZING... BEST READ IN A LONG WHILE!

    Buying this book was probably the best thing I have done in a while. Not only were the characters lovable and believable, but the chemistry was off the charts HOTTTTT. Anyone thinking about this purchasing this book def. should. It's a great mix of Love, Passion, and Friendship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

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    An amazingly touching story. The characters and their story from

    An amazingly touching story. The characters and their story from friends to lovers holds you until the end. Only 4 stars because I wish it was longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Not believable

    I didn't like this one at all. The characters were completely unbelievable. The plot lacking substance. A total waste of time. I'm really surprised the reviews for this are as good as they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Occasionally very fun, but mostly this book just pissed me off.

    Occasionally very fun, but mostly this book just pissed me off.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

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    This was painful for me to read in several places, and I admit I

    This was painful for me to read in several places, and I admit I did some skimming. The sex scenes themselves were hot, but a lot of the in between was way too awkward and uncomfortable for me. From terrible police work to the worst undercover acting I could ever imagine, the worst of which was probably that last scene. It just didn't feel believable to me unfortunately. I similar plot story that I thought was developed more fully and done more realistically is Laurel Heights by Lisa Worrall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Awesome

    Awesome book! Smoking hot sex along with a fantastic love story! Definitely recommended!

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    love this book

    the assignment is a love story between two men with a happy ending. is a steamy crazy love story that shows the things people do for love, and to be with that person. the story of two cops going under cover to find a drug dealer, but they have to go as a couple for me was a refresh story of a couple of guys finding their true self. i think you get for what your pay with this book, it keep me up for a long time.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Fabulous!

    I'd heard a lot about this book in the past, and when I decided to do M/M Romance Month I knew this was one of the books I needed to read. I'm so glad I did; I loved it!

    First of all - that cover - so hot! It made it very easy to picture these two sexy cops as I read the story.

    The premise was simple - two straight cops going undercover at a gay resort to bust a drug ring, except one of the cops has been having sexual feelings for his partner. Nicholas Valenti is confused as to why he's been thinking about his partner, Sean O'Brian, in a possessive way, and he's sure taking this undercover assignment at the RamJack is a bad idea - what if Sean figures it out?

    O'Brian is ready to take on the assignment, he's a touchy-feely guy already, always has been, and Valenti knows that trait will come in handy on this job. They meet with a friend of a friend for some "gay training" and Valenti likes it; he knows he's in soooo much trouble on this assignment.

    Once they're at the resort, things start happening all at once - security notices them and they've got to be convincing. Things start to get out of hand and they're pushed into situations they wouldn't have otherwise have been in, setting off a chain of events that could ruin their friendship, and their careers.

    My thoughts: Loved it! I liked Valenti and O'Brien - Valenti was so paranoid and O'Brien was so easy-going - they made a great pair. The "friends to lovers" and "gay for you" mixed with the "undercover cop/drug bust" story lines worked for me, and the sexy scenes were hot, but not excessive. A couple of times I thought "that wouldn't happen", but easily let it go to enjoy the rest of the book; I think it was mostly due to the length of the story that things had to hurry along a bit.

    The Assignment would be a good read for both beginner and experienced readers of M/M Romance - I definitely recommend it!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    A very nice story which could happen in real life

    very nice story line. could have more suspense to it or twist but overall a nice story

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