Mexican Heat #1 Crimes&Cocktails Series

Mexican Heat #1 Crimes&Cocktails Series

by Laura Baumbach, Josh Lanyon

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Overview

A new romantic crime series from the combined talents of popular award winning authors Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon. Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli -- including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli's hired guns. But Gabriel's best laid plans may come crashing down around him when he falls hard for the sexy, suave lieutenant of a rival Mexican drug lord. Turns out his new love interest may have a few secrets of his own: secrets that could destroy both men and the fragile bond between them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934531051
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Crime and Cocktails Ser.
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Mexican Heat #1 Crimes&Cocktails Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baumbach and Lanyon are such a good match, it's a wonder they didn't collaborate before this! Lanyon writes excellent mysteries, and while the romances in those mysteries are tender, they lack a certain heat. Baumbach writes some of the best gay erotica I've ever read and when you combine the two the result is explosive. Baumbach's short story "South of the Border," is given new life in the first of a new series. Gabriel Sandalini is an undercover cop trying to expose Ricco Botelli's drug cartel. When one of his snitches fails to show at a rendezvous, Gabriel is at first concerned and them completely derailed by the hottest guy he's ever seen. Gabriel's just looking for a one night stand, he can't afford commitments in his line of work, but the tall stranger sets off all his fantasies and somehow gets under his skin. The two men have hard, anonymous sex over an office desk. It's risky, rough and dangerous - and sets the stage for the story to come. When Mexican drug lord Don Sanchez shows up to marry Botelli's sister, Gabriel is shocked to see tall, dark and handsome is one of his mob lieutenants. How can he let himself feel anything for a murdering thug? Gabriel's troubles have only gotten worse though because Sanchez's new fiancé has a crush on Gabriel, and Sanchez won't tolerate competition. Miguel is obviously not who he appears to be, and readers can easily guess why since this is a romantic mystery, but the authors handle it well. The first part of the book is told from Gabriel's point of view, so we never learn more about Miguel than he does. This isn't as tight a mystery as Lanyon usually writes, mainly because it's more of an action story - like an episode of Law and Order. We know who the bad guys are; the story revolves around how Gabriel does his work (and finds himself falling for Miguel). Gabriel makes calls to his captain, gets information on his targets and walks a fine line keeping Botelli convinced of his loyalty. A rival drug gang tangles the action even more. The tension if carefully built, and readers feel how dangerous Gabriel's situation is. When the action comes to a climax mid-way through, the book switches to Antonio's (Miguel's) point of view and the romance comes to the forefront. Those who haven't read the short story should wait until after they read this. The story takes place later in the timeline and a couple events in the novel lose some impact because of that. This is especially true of part two with Antonio. The story takes on a bitter-sweet aspect, and the romance is one of the most tender (but still steamy) Baumbach has written. She keeps to her trademark - an alpha male with a spit-fire bottom as his lover - but they are well fleshed out, and engaging. I liked them. I'm excited this will be a series. I want to see Gabriel meet Antonio's family, and see how these two men get embroiled in another mystery. Highly recommended!
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hot, hot book. Two men with deep connnections to the underworld meet at a gay bar, have incredible sex but then meet again, with their professional masks on. Now what to do? In the macho world of the mafia, being gay is not acceptable and they both have other secrets too... Initially we see the book through undercover cop Gabriel's POV, and in the second half we see the book mainly through Ortega's eyes. I enjoyed the world, the sexual tension and the story, but I had real trouble, oddly, seeing why Ortega, who is a delicious alpha hero, would love Gabriel, who is really quite awful to him and the idea of a relationship through out the book. It just seemed too one sided for me. Even in the sex scenes, it was all about Gabriel, and Ortega was getting what he could take. I couldn't see why he was willing to make such a deep emotional commitment to this man who really was like a wild cat with him and gave him so little and that was a failure in terms of a romance novel. So this works well as erotica, and as an exciting world to visit, but doesn't work well as an emotional journey or a romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read. Couldn't put it down. Action, suspense, hate, love, laugh and cry.
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TheMadButterfly More than 1 year ago
I love anything that comes from Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach. I've been waiting excitedly for this story to come out. I don't have a great way with words but these authors are amazing and so far I've had very pleasant experiences reading their all of their works.




"Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli -- including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli's hired guns. But Gabriel's best laid plans may come crashing down around him when he falls hard for the sexy, suave lieutenant of a rival Mexican drug lord. Turns out his new love interest may have a few secrets of his own: secrets that could destroy both men and the fragile bond between them."