Author Name: Morticia Knight
Book Name: Searching For Shelter
Series: Sin City Uniforms
Book may be read as a standalone
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.
After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded – how could there ever be space for love in his life?
Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue, at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.
Rich isn’t so sure about the rough looking Diego – even if he’s always thought he was hot – but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.
It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love – they want him dead.
Pages or Words: 145 pages, 51,039 words
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Rich stopped at the edge of the sidewalk so suddenly Diego almost ran into him.
“What is it?”
“Um…” Rich gazed at him. “Where are you parked?”
Diego considered Rich, what it was he was actually asking. “You wondering where my Harley is?”
Rich arched his eyebrows. “So you are a biker?”
“What if I was? Would you change your mind about going to the movies or having dinner with me?”
Diego could almost see the gears grinding in Rich’s head as he appeared to give the question serious consideration.
“You know what? No. I wouldn’t. I like you. I want to have fun today. You seem like you want to have fun too.” Rich inhaled a big breath then let it out, as though he’d come to a momentous conclusion. “But I hope you have an extra helmet because I’m not a reckless guy.”
Diego barked out a laugh. He wasn’t known for much in the way of laughter. But Rich was too cute. Diego wanted him even more than he had and that hadn’t seemed possible. Rich stared at him as if he’d gone nuts.
“Sorry. I just hope you’re not too disappointed.”
“I’m not a biker. No Harley. Not even a Yamaha.”
Rich snorted. “Artie had me going.” Rich’s eyes still twinkled, not at all miffed or embarrassed over his wrong assumption. “Okay then, what is it?” Rich glanced around the lot. “Ooh. I see it.” He pointed on the other side. “It’s the yellow VW Bug. Right?” He turned to Diego, a quirk at the corner of his lips.
Diego held his gaze, loved looking into Rich’s eyes. “Close. The black Jeep Cherokee.”
“You see? If Artie hadn’t put those other thoughts in my head, that’s what I would’ve guessed.”
“Oh? And why is that?”
He was genuinely curious. Rich had an odd expression just before his cheeks turned scarlet.
Rich cleared his throat, looking down. “Just, you know, a jeep is tough, outdoorsy, that sort of thing.”
“Hmm. I hadn’t thought of it that way before. But you’re right.”
Rich’s expression lightened and he lifted his eyes. “Yeah?”
“Yeah. You wanna ride with me in my tough, outdoorsy jeep to the movies?”
At last, Rich was laughing again and it made Diego’s heart lighter. He vowed to make sure it happened as much as possible – it gave him as much joy as he thought it did Rich.
“I do. Come on. We don’t want them to run out of popcorn. Only reason I’m going.”
This time, Rich’s grin had a sly edge to it. “Well. Maybe not the only reason.”
“Good.” Diego grinned back. “’Cuz that’s not my only reason either.”
Rich flushed again, his smile turning shy. As Diego led them to his SUV, he wondered how he’d make it through the film without nutting in his jeans.
Yup. Much too cute.
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this is another good book in this series. it was pretty low angst with a lot of fluff. good when you want a quick read with little to no relationship angst.
i agree with rich that diego is almost too good to be true. he is the perfect boyfriend – kind, considerate of rich’s feelings, loving, fun to hang around, great in bed. he is a hot, older man in uniform that is ready to settle into a real relationship. he’s admired rich from afar for a while and is endearing in his shyness in his delay to start their relationship.
as a teen, rich suffered a bit of a tragedy with his family so he dedicates most of his free time to the shelter. he is a happy, outgoing, beautiful man that has given up on dating because he just keeps meeting the wrong men. he is leery of diego at first because of his previous relationship fails but when he lets his guard down he quickly figures out that diego is not like the rest of the men he’s dated.
rich is involved in some cloak and dagger type angst that is good but not overly complicated. their relationship moves pretty quickly because they are both ready to settle down and are pretty great together.
there were a few grammatical errors in the copy i read which i hope were corrected before publication.
Meet the author:
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.
Where to find the author:
Pride Publishing Author Page: https://www.pride-publishing.com/index.php?route=product/author/info&author_id=229
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5252602.Morticia_Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
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