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Laurel Heights (Laurel Heights #1)

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Detectives Scott Turner and Will Harrison are sent undercover after an apparent murder/suicide in Laurel Heights, an exclusive gay housing community. Will the two closeted officers be able to hide their attraction while each believing the other is straight? And is there a killer amongst them waiting to claim his next victim?

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ebook, 364 pages
Published March 3rd 2012 by Silver Publishing
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5 stars and a big thumbs up from me for this one

Well, another late night spent reading, and yet another Lisa Worrall book that I've really enjoyed, but hey, what's not to like - two smokin' hot cops and a murder mystery - heaven in a book for me.

Scott and Will gave each other the usual run around - their normal gaydar broken, and both thought the other was straight - although their female partners knew differently of course, amazing how intuitive we women are sometimes! The 'gay enclave' of La
Trisha Harrington
Buddy read with Bev, May 2013. Had a lot of fun second time around!

Okay, so after just finishing this for the second time, officially, I am pleased to say it's just as good this time around. I am in love with Will and Scott, this book and the majority of the characters. I'm not sure when the sequel is out, but it will go to the top of my list when the date is given. After reading this I am left with a lot of nice happy thoughts. Trying to review this well will be hard.

Will and Scott hate each ot
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4.5--Double in the Closet--Stars!!

This was a great read! Really enjoyed it. It was fun...had a bit of a mystery element along with the romance. Super hot sexy times.

And double in the closet....

Scott 'I'm so straight I sleep standing up' Turner and Will 'I'm so straight I sleep with a poker up my ass' Harrison are both cops. They are both gay but pretend to be straight.

They both act like they hate each other when they are both secretly crushing on each other. Their inner dialogue about each othe
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Jun 16, 2012 Mandapanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: other-romance
I was persuaded to read this book by all the glowing reviews but unfortunately for me it was like nails scraping across a blackboard. The completely implausible plot, the lame dialogue, not to mention all the clichés. I think the scene where the detective's female work partner came into the guys house and cleaned up their jizz from the floor was really the last straw for me.
No, No, No, No, NO!!! Why did I read the goddamn epilogue?!? I was perfectly fine with the HEA or HFN or whatever kind of happiness that was. Why did you do this to me Lisa?

And I swear to God (view spoiler)

Ok, now that that is out of the way, this was such a fun book! Ha! See how I'm just going to pretend that t
Jenni Lea

1.5 stars rounded up because I actually finished the book

I did not enjoy this book. The plot was contrived, the characters were indistinguishable from one another and the villain was a way over the top mustache twirler. And what is up with all the long nicknames and ellipses?

Jenni 'so annoyed her eyes rolled right out of her head' Lea is... not very... amused... at all.

Scott and Will are pretty much the same person. They are both six feet tall, closeted tough guys with a plucky female partner wh
Kade Boehme
Mar 15, 2012 Kade Boehme rated it it was amazing
Well we all knew I'd love this one. Seems every third book i read has closeted cops. What can I say? Firemen are a fetish, sure... but cops are an obsession. Or a sport. (Holy shit, if only there was a story about a baseball playing cop [back to Ty Grady... color me pathetic])

ANYWAYS... Will and Scott are awesome. I love their bickering and how they slowly fall into each other and it just makes so much sense. And I love that they were both gay, dammit. No string of women in their past to prove s
2.5 stars rounded up

This book reminded me of The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson. And another 12569 m/m books I've read about cops going undercover and playing the gay couple. Only this one was better. Because, like I said on a status update, and it also reminded me of Melrose Place - the gay version.

Gorgeous gay people living in a luxurious housing complex. Night clubs, booze, record producers, country singers, designers and architects. Gossip. Nosy neighbours. Partner swapping. Amidst all t
Trisha Harrington
I love this book so much!It's one of my all-time favorite books and Will and Scott are definitely one of my favorite book couples. They are just awesome and hot and I love them together and as individual characters (which makes me love them even more). This was my first book by Lisa Worrall and I swore to myself, after reading this the first time, that it wouldn't be my last.

I'm a huge fan of men in uniform, but cops are one of my favorites. And I was really glad this book centered around the cr
Mar 13, 2012 Susan65 rated it really liked it
The ending alone makes this a 4.5 star...I am sooooo glad I read this book.

I was blown away by the last half of this book and the ending was freakin brilliant, totally different and it makes me wonder if maybe another book could be in the making.
The ending?? O.M.F.G....the ending alone makes this book worth reading.

I must admit at the beginning I wasn't really sure where it was leading. And then a couple times I was thinking "okay, please don't go there" but holy cow this book just took off and
Aug 28, 2012 Gigi rated it it was amazing
Two cops, living together undercover on assignment, neither knows the other is gay. This is my absolute all-time favorite M/M romance. LOVE!!
Apr 15, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Thanks Wendy for recommending this!

I liked this.
It was a bit frustrating when these two didn’t know the other one was gay too. They danced around each other for quite a while.


But after the big reveal, sexy times started, so I was a happy camper.


No real relationship angst despite them both being in the closet.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Well, I have to say this book had a lot of things going for it. Lots of banter, some hot guys, lots of tension. It was definitely a fun and sexy read.

After reading this story, it's easy to say Will and Scott have to be one of my top ten favorite couples. Possibly top five. They are both so cute and cocky. The way they both have this impression of the other that is completely off was hysterical to me. The way they hated each other and their nonstop bickering gave me several laughs considering the
This did not work very well for me. It took me a while to differentiate between the MC's. They looked different, they had different personalities, but their voices were very similar and I kept confusing them. I couldn't get a handle on the rest of the characters in the Laurel Heights community, very little connection. When the murderer was finally revealed I had to go back to remind myself what his role was at beginning of the book and it had not impact whatsoever because I had forgotten who he ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Jenn added it
Shelves: kindle, m-m, i-own
I'm trying to think how I want to rate this because there were things I loved and things I hated. But while I ponder my rating and future review let me just say if this book was given anything more than a spell check, I'll eat paper. Seriously, the 'editor' should be fired.

However, I was absolutely addicted to reading this crazy story & kept tapping my Kindle furiously to read more while my eyes went like this: O_o

The sex was hot as hell when there weren't 8,000 ellipses thrown in.

Scott Tu
Apr 05, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime

What a great read!

Will and Scott, two detectives, are both deeply in the closet at work. Neither knows the other is gay. When they are send undercover after an apparent murder/suicide in Laurel Heights, an exclusive gay housing community they begin to panic. Will the two closeted officers be able to hide their attraction while each believing the other is straight? And is there a killer waiting to claim his next victim?

The banter between Will and Scott was fun, and giving the reader a good look
Veronica /  V
I thought this was going to be a realist plot, 2 gay Cops fixing a murder case.
What I got was an unrealistic plot that was more about sex and not enough investigation.
I never hear of a Captain that forced 2 police officers to fake being gay and participate in orgies because "if that's what it takes to solve a case go for it or you will come back to be a transit police officer faster than saying may I have your licence and registration"...rolling my eyes
Some parts were hilarious at the beginn
I truly have no idea where to start. Some would say at the beginning, but I have this strong urge to start from the epilogue, because it was wow... just WOW! I'm still reeling from what happened there. Oh well, I will get there, eventually.

Scott Turner and Will Harrison are two cops sent undercover to find out the truth about what recently happened in Laurel Heights, an exclusive gay housing community, one resident of which supposedly killed his lover and then commited suicide. Nothing special,
Can't wait for the next one, especially after that Epilogue!

Really enjoyed this story. The mystery kept me guessing and Scott and Will had great chemistry. Loved the set up for the next book and am already thinking of who that "lawyer" was.
T.A. Webb
Apr 20, 2012 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
It's tough when you work with jerks. That's what Detectives Scott Turner and Will Harrison think, and are constantly taunting each other about how rigid Will is and how much of a ladies man Scott can be. Will has a long-term girlfriend and it irritates him that Scott is such a man-slut. And Scott thinks Will should have the stick removed from his butt.

When there's what appears to be a murder/suicide at a gay housing community - think Knot's Landing cul-de-sac - the case is initially closed. But
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★

This is such a good find I HATE THAT THERE IS NO BOOK 2 OUT ALREADY But, I have a love hate thingy' going on with this book.

I love it to pieces. I mean really, this book was a fabulously funny read and it hit all my buttons...until I read the epilogue..then my struggle began.

I kind of wish it was not there~I kind if hate it. On the other hand the epilogue was awesomely done.

4.5 Stars...


With so many books in my to-read shelf, of which most I already own and
Mar 04, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-theme, cops
4.5 Stars. What a great story from beginning to end and what an ending. I never saw that coming! Just when you think everything is tied up nice and sweet, the author throws an ending in that stunned me. Both the main characters and the secondary characters are great. Laurel Heights is definitely a different place to live. Scott and Will are both lovable and frustrating at times when they are both denying so much, but there are alot of sweet and tender moments. The whodunit, I thought was well do ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.0

Detectives Scott Turner and Will Harrison are closeted gay cops who are assigned to work undercover as a gay couple. Victor Victoria much? (Granted, that movie was about a girl pretending to be a guy pretending to be a girl … but you get my drift.) These cops are pretending to be straight (Will even has a framed photo on his desk of his fiancé, Amanda, but it’s actually the photo that came with the frame) and are sent undercover to “pretend” to be gay. Both are attract
Nick Pageant
Sep 02, 2015 Nick Pageant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There seem to be a lot of varying opinions on Laurel Heights, but I loved it.


The plot is not exactly original, the dialogue... well, not great, and sometimes my eyes went rogue and rolled of their own accord, but it was a good, fast-paced story. I liked the bantering MC's, the baddie was truly despicable, and the sex was...


Now, the big problem that everyone warned me about was the epilogue. All I've got for the epilogue is...

Rosa, really
The mixed reviews have caused me to go back and forth on whether to read this or not. But what the hell.

I like cops!

I like sex!

I like cops having sex with other cops!

Besides, if I hate it, I can always blame Smith.

(Why, yes, I am writing this to avoid holiday celebrations. Thank you for noticing.)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Update March 30, 2015

I reread this in prep for the second book and it was just as wonderful as before.
I just, I'm not, I don't even know what to say. I'm going to write the review for the book up until the epilogue first:

This was exactly what I was looking for: a good cop story, with intense love, danger, a killer who really wasn't obvious until the end (even though I thought it fairly predictable, I wasn't sure at all who the killer was). The pace was excellent, I couldn't put the book do
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Mar 23, 2012 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook
I really enjoyed this story. Starts out a little slow with the typical cops pretending to be straight to cover up their feelings for each other, who then have to go undercover as a gay couple. Scott and Will are so good together. Their funny banter had me laughing out loud more than once. When they get together, they sizzle. Throw in the mystery they are trying to solve, and poor Todd who they are trying to help, and this is a winner. I thought I had it figured out, but was pleasantly surprised ...more
Bitchie *Bored Now*
This book had SO much potential, but it was a real let down for me.

It was the perfect premise- two supposedly straight cops, who supposedly hate each other, forced to go undercover as a gay couple, in a gay community, to find a murderer. Only you know what they say, there's a thin line between love and hate, right? Awesome premise, even if it has been done before.

However, our closeted cops are pretty much interchangeable. They are both gay, both in the closet to protect their careers, both have
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“Yeah," he replied, his voice scratchy and raw as he stared at Will. "I am sick. Sick of lying, sick of being afraid, sick of pretending the person I love most in the world isn't standing right in front of me." He slipped his fingers into Will's and before the other man could register what was happening, Scott pulled him up hard against his body and kissed him, deep and tender. When he pulled back, he stared into Will's astonished eyes.” 9 likes
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