Title: Good Boys
Series: The Solomon Series, Book One
Author: Keelan Ellis
Genre: Gay Fiction, Detective, Mystery
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Paul Solomon is a homicide detective in Baltimore, a city with a high murder rate and a complicated relationship between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect.
He’s also a gay man who has been out on the job since he first joined. Being out on a tough police force hasn’t always been easy, but living with integrity is important to him.
Paul’s love life becomes as tumultuous as his job with the demise of his relationship of eight years. While dealing with the emotional and physical upheaval in his personal life, a case comes across his desk that hits a little too close to home—the murder of two gay teenagers.
Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, must solve the double homicide, and Paul has to find a way to move on from his failed relationship.
“You want something to eat? We could get a table.”
“I’m not hungry.” Paul rubbed his foot against Owen’s ankle. “I thought maybe I could see your place. You live close to here; right?” He was surprised to see Owen’s face fall slightly. “But if you want to get something, sure. We can do that.”
Owen gave a short laugh. “But you’d rather go fuck now, so you can get home early, I suppose?”
“Owen.” Paul gestured helplessly. “I’m sorry. I thought that’s why you wanted me to call. I didn’t mean—”
“It is,” he replied, rolling his eyes. “I just thought we could, I don’t know, hang out for a while first. You know, as if you actually liked me?”
Paul rubbed his face. This was not how he’d envisioned the evening going. “I do like you. I’m sorry,” he repeated. “I’m bad at this. I don’t usually do this. It’s not me.”
“I know it’s not,” Owen said, smiling a little now. “So what’s going on? You’re feeling bad about something; that’s obvious. Is it Andy? You regret breaking up or something?”
Paul shook his head. “It’s a work thing. You don’t want to hear about that.”
“I do if it’s bothering you.”
“You never used to,” he said. “I don’t want to bum you out.”
Owen sighed. “That was eight years ago, stupid. You think I’m the same person I was when I was twenty-two? Did you want me to be?”
“No.” Paul shrugged. “Maybe. I don’t know. Shit. Let’s get a table. I’m—”
“Don’t say you’re sorry again. Let’s settle up.” He caught the bartender’s eye and made a signing gesture.
“Owen, no, come on. I’m an asshole. Let me start over.”
The bartender stood in front of Owen and asked, “You want these both on your tab?”
“No,” Paul said, “I’ll get it.” He pulled out his wallet and handed him a card. When the bartender had walked away, he said, “You want me to drop you off at your place?”
“What?” Owen laughed. “Oh, sweetie,” he said, patting Paul’s hand. “I’m not quite that sensitive. We’re going back to my apartment and you’re going to tell me what’s got you so worked up, and then I’ll make you feel better.”
A great story and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with for the next book.
The characters are engaging and the storyline intriguing.
A well recommended read.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Boys-Solomon-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B01KK7EKQ2/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Boys-Solomon-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B01KK7EKQ2/
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Prize: $6.99 WIP Gift Card
About the author
KEELAN ELLIS is an east coast girl for life, a progressive, a lover of music and musicians, a mother of two very challenging girls, a loyal though sometimes thoughtless friend, a slacker, a dreamer and a bad influence. She likes true crime podcasts, great television and expensive craft cocktails made by hipsters in silly vests.
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