Necessity's Door

Necessity's Door

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by Fiona Glass
     
 
Being an openly gay detective in Birmingham comes with its share of problems. For one, the pay is awful. For another, Jake always gets stuck with the crappy undercover jobs. Like posing as a prostitute to catch the new crime boss in town--a man notorious for rough sex with pretty young rentboys.

Jake's latest op is fraught with difficulties, all of them men.

Overview

Being an openly gay detective in Birmingham comes with its share of problems. For one, the pay is awful. For another, Jake always gets stuck with the crappy undercover jobs. Like posing as a prostitute to catch the new crime boss in town--a man notorious for rough sex with pretty young rentboys.

Jake's latest op is fraught with difficulties, all of them men. Like his partner, Mac, who he's secretly fancied for months. And his new client, Graham, who he keeps sleeping with for reasons far beyond maintaining his cover. And of course there's the target, Frank Warren, who's much harder to lure than anyone had anticipated.

The longer the op drags on, the tougher it gets for Jake to juggle his own needs with those of the job. They may be closing in on Warren, but Jake's heart--and his sense of right and wrong--are slipping through his fingers. Mac is there to back him up, but is he really the man Jake needs? Tough to know among all those lies Jake's been telling himself and everyone else.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014352499
Publisher:
Riptide Publishing
Publication date:
05/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
274 KB

Meet the Author

Fiona writes gritty yet darkly humorous fiction, often involving gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail. Her work has been published in anthologies from the likes of Byker Books, Pill Hill Press, and QueeredFiction; as well as in magazines and online at sites such as The Pygmy Giant, Shotgun Honey, and Velvet Mafia.

Fiona currently splits her life between a pointy Victorian house in Birmingham (the original one in the UK) and a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance of England’s largest lake. She shuttles between the two so often it makes her head spin, which might explain the rather breathless style of her writing, but she hopes to be settled in Cumbria by the end of the year.

You can find examples of Fiona’s work, as well as details of all her books and stories, at her website: www.fiona-glass.com.

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Necessity's Door 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With its storyline of an undercover cop playing the role of prostitute, Necessity's Door fits in seamlessly with the other titles in Riptide Publishing's Rentboy Collection. While there's a feeling of implausibility in Jake's actually going with the men who stop for him, it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this story in any way. At the start of the story Jake is definitely in turmoil after his boyfriend walks out on him taking all of Jake's savings. It's made him a bit desperate to make ends meet. Add in his current assignment working as a rentboy to track down a drug dealer and you see Jake at an all time low mentally. He's lonely both mentally and physically and it's led to some reckless decisions. I understood his feelings of frustration and desperation and how easily that can lead you astray. Mac was a good and loyal friend and I appreciated his honesty with Jake in all matters. He was a good moral compass for Jake and I can see why Jake was attracted to him. Graham too was just what Jake needed. He brought some much needed humor to his life and made him feel cared for. I wish we'd gotten a more vivid impression of Graham though. The glimpses we get feel like just that, glimpses without much substance. Considering the subject matter the sexual interludes aren't very graphic and are often summed up in two or three sentences. The story flows along nicely but the ending felt a bit rushed and too perfectly tied up to ensure a HEA. This doesn't detract from this enjoyably written story with likable characters put in an intense situation. Fiona Glass has created an emotionally intense story featuring conflicted yet admirable characters which has me clamoring for more of her works and brings the Rentboy Collection to a satisfying conclusion.