L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown

MLR Press

M/M Contemporary Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-934531-85-3

Reviewed by Ley



Detective David Laine lived his life deep in the closet with no intentions of coming out until his path crossed openly gay Chris Bellamer.  Investigating the attacks and murders within the gay community, and finding the evidence pointing toward Chris, has David torn between his desire and his duty.

Chris is a man who appears to have it all, good looks, great job and a fun flamboyant lifestyle, but what may appear to be the perfect life for some really isn’t the life Chris wants.  When he meets David a run of the mill detective, Chris finds himself wanting something David may not be ready to give.

LA Heat reminded me of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue rolled into one.  There was something about the author, PA Brown’s writing style and the tone of the story that had me visualizing those cop dramas while reading this story.  The main focus of the story was the murder mystery followed by the romantic connection between David and Chris, whom by the way were as different as night and day.  Although an enjoyable story, I felt the 300 plus pages could have been trim down a bit, because even though I liked the story I did find my attention span wavering a bit in some parts.  Chris and David were interesting enough characters that I did want to see how things progressed for them, although they were not super romantic there was strong chemistry and a great connection between them.  Readers looking for a book with great characterization and a good mystery will enjoy LA Heat.


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