Reporting for Duty by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Full Length Bonus Novel “Ray Ray and the Dirty Giants” also included!

Elijah Epstein has recently finished his degree in journalism and is currently working at the local newspaper. He wishes he could say it was a job he got on merit, but in reality, his mother, the district attorney, called in a favor. Now he’s been assigned the story that could make or break his career.

Robert Kilkenny doesn’t want anything complicated. He just wants to do the police work that he can, make life a little better for people in the small community that he has recently moved to and then he wants to go home to his art. After being a rising star in narcotics for years, his new coworkers eye him suspiciously. He’s the one that is stuck showing Elijah Epstein around. He’s the reporter that’s supposed to make the community outreach program with the police work.

They both expect a quiet couple of months, where neither one of them will get much at all from the other. Elijah is supposed to be looking for a story that will bring the corruption of the police force into light, but instead, he’s spending all his time with Robert Kilkenny and having fun, which was the last thing he expected. The two men start to become friends when Kilkenny finds a neglected child in a trap house at the upscale neighborhood he helps to protect. Elijah is there and sees everything.

The experience deeply affects Robert, who finds it incredibly triggering. It also affects Elijah, who has never seen anything like that before. That terrible event may be the catalyst that the two men need to take the step that they’re both yearning to take – toward each. But Robert is straight, and they both have a lot of baggage.

Will they be strong enough to navigate the complicated world of criminals, trauma and grief?

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novel, approx. 50,000+ words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

Bonus Novel “Ray Ray and the Dirty Giants”

From the dirty sludge gutters of Greenville, South Carolina comes the wild and rambunctious punk band, Ray Ray and the Dirty Giants! Their sound is a thrash punk that begs to be understood, each lyric screaming utter defiance against the white-collar system, an inspiration by the lead man’s life living under white collar parents with backwards political views.

Front and center is Ricky Charles, extraordinary on the guitar and talented with a pen. His drawings are a reflection of his true nature, hiding the emotions deep down that hardly ever surface…until he meets Nate Whitney.

The humble bar owner happens to challenge Ricky’s knowledge of himself, tossing him into a whirlwind of questions that threaten the fabric of his reality. Having grown up with a violently homophobic father, he is forced to consider the ramifications of kissing another man, knowing well that forgetting about it isn’t the same as erasing it from reality.

Nate makes Ricky incredibly happy, yet he battles the voice of his father in his brain telling him it’s wrong. An inner war ensues where Ricky fights his emotions while also handling the forces outside of his body that are pushing in – the pressure of keeping his band together, the woes of financial burdens and the trouble of keeping up with a long-distance romance have been taking its toll.

In addition, Nate is riddled with his own problems with his business and his ex-wife who still doesn’t know about his current romantic status.

MY REVIEW: Saying I enjoyed it doesn’t seem right, as the characters’ stories hurt my heart. But it was good. I liked the fact that Robert called Elijah out and held onto his anger for a while, as anyone would, but moved past it. It didn’t magically disappear because of some expression Elijah made or anything else. It took time to resolve. I totally want their first date experience.Well, it was all great, but I mostly mean the first part.
The second story felt stilted, forced and has a lot of boring, meaningless blah in it. The premise is a good one, it just didn’t flow well.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

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