Real Danger (West Coast Forensics # 2) - Elle Keaton

Miki J.  has been loving each book the author has created in this & previous series.  It is probably best to read the other books before Real Danger, just to get an idea of the characters and the back stories/cases.  Laora just discovered the series and says that you can read this book as standalone...

 "I'm constantly surprised that, of all the people in the world, you chose me."

From the blurb:

How can one man be so incredibly frustrating but so sexy at the same time?

Ryder knows two things. Tragedy can strike at any moment so you have to hold tightly to the gifts life gives you. And, Shay is one of those gifts. To Ryder their fifteen-year age difference is nothing, Shay is the man he wants. Now he just needs an opportunity to plead his case with the sexy lawyer.

He gets his chance when Shay asks him to assist on a case involving a missing person, but the investigation quickly turns perilous. A stomach-churning rollercoaster ride of what the hell is going on, puts both men in danger—but from whom?

Will the two get their chance at love, or will a brutal criminal tear the future from their grasp?

age difference, thriller, Criminal Minds meets Rockford Files, tragic past, medium+ heat, reluctant lover, persistent courtship 4tw.

Real Danger, second in the West Coast Forensics series is a dual POV, age-gap, m/m romantic suspense following Shay and Ryder as they fight for their HEA.

Miki J.'s Review

In Real Danger, Ryder is trying to persuade Shay to go out with him.  Shay is aware of Ryder’s attraction to him but feels he’s too old.  This is not a Daddy kink – just an age/gap relationship…..and during the course of Ryder’s “getting Shay to date him plan”, they get involved in a case.  I found the flirting and innuendos quite amusing and very sweet….. and loved the SMS messaging at the beginning each chapter – very cute.  There’s plenty of suspense and mystery and characters from previous books/series make cameo appearances.  Excellent continuation of the series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Laora's Review:

From the very beginning, Ryder had offered Shay his heart… and Shay, asshole that he was, had acted it like it was nothing, when it was everything.  

This book was so good to read suspense and romance intertwined. The pacing and story arc was just right for me. The MCs are: Shay is a criminal defense lawyer in his forties who wants to slow down, and has moved to a commuter island.  He just wants to keep an eye on his feisty great-great aunt Claribel. Ryder is in his late twenties and a forensic investigator who loves his job and is intrigued by Shay.

After some  short visits, Shay invites Ryder to tag along on what seems to be a regular missing persons case in which he will consult. Spoiler alert, all will not go as expected for them. The writer throws a curveball near the last chapters in this book, it concerns the suspense part which I saw not coming but which I found a great plot twist, near the later chapters. Follow these stubborn men in their quest to unravel the mystery. 

"Really, this was the time for Shay to start channeling the spirit of Angus MacGyver. What would Mac do?""

Of course these great characters find each other for their hfn/hea.

This is the second book in the West Coast Forensics series, I did not find that I needed to read the first book in order to understand this book. I however will keep an eye out for more books in the series. I recommend it if you like a nice suspense plot together with your gay/ bi romance