LA Vice by Kat Cassidy


LA Vice is a standalone detective story where two guys are on opposite sides of the law. Can they trust each other to find the truth.

From the blurb:

Where love, lies, and the law collide….  

In Los Angeles–glitzy, grimy, a place where passions burn as bright as the Hollywood lights–two men find themselves snared in a web of secrets, danger, betrayal and a love that refuses to be extinguished.

Galen Luskey, once a rising legal star, has been reduced to scraping by with criminal clientele after his career took a nosedive two years ago. Witness to a murder that threatens to shatter the fragile stability he’s rebuilt, he has no choice but to turn to the one man he swore he’d never allow back into his life.

Lev Kavazanjian, a hardened LAPD detective nursing wounds of his own, reluctantly gets tangled up with Galen in the aftermath of the crime. Unhealed scars resurface and long-buried desires reignite, sparking a fierce attraction neither man can deny.

But with secrets in the shadows and enemies closing in, Galen and Lev must confront their pasts if they have any hope of a future together. Set in Kat Cassidy’s LA universe, “LA Vice” is a heart-pounding enemies-to-lovers tale of redemption, second chances, and the power of love to conquer all.

LA Vice can be enjoyed as a standalone. Rated M for mature.
CW: murder, depression, alcohol use.

Reed Kaye's Review:

I’ve really enjoyed this story and it appears there will be more with characters from this book. I’ll be watching for them.
Lev is a detective who has been trying to bring down drug queenpin Adara Giannopoulos for a number of years. He has a history with her family.
His ex Galen is an attorney for Adara which puts Lev and Galen at odds. They both still have an attraction but neither is dealing with it.
When Adara’s husband is murdered things change when Galen needs Lev’s help.
There is so much to this story. The romance is a big part that tore at my heart. The reason for their breakup is so sad.
The mystery part is good. It slowly is revealed and the tension and actions kept me page turning.
I really had a hard time setting this down until the end. I feel the flow to the story was consistent and held my interest all the way through. I loved both of the mc’s and felt sorry that they had not had better communication.
I can’t wait for the next in the series.

SNiK's Review:

Standalone suspense. Second chance. Slow burn. Dual POV.

Galen didn’t intend to become the lawyer for an LA drug queenpin, but here he is, and having an affair with her husband is just another slide into the downward spiral of his life. Police detective Lev is a dedicated cop, and things are getting messy in his hope of bringing Adara Giannopolous to justice with the murder of her husband, he inevitably has to cross paths with Galen, his former lover.

Both Galen and Lev are interesting characters, both with flaws and past mistakes that haunt them, but neither can forget the time when they were happy together. I enjoyed the times when Galen and Lev are on page together, the peeks into their past relationship were my favorites, as well as the fact that both men are strong willed and intelligent if a little hesitant to be emotionally vulnerable. There are too many secrets on both sides, but the fast moving story allows each reveal to push the character’s motivations along, and with the continued intrigue and danger throughout this was an entertaining read.

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