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Necessity's Door (Riptide Rentboys: The 2012 Collection)

2.86 of 5 stars 2.86  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Being an openly-gay detective in Birmingham comes with its share of problems. For one, the pay is awful. For another, Jake always gets stuck with the crappy undercover jobs. Like posing as a prostitute to catch the new crime boss in town—a man notorious for rough sex with pretty young rentboys.

Jake’s latest op is fraught with difficulties, all of them men. Like his partner...more
Published May 28th 2012 by Riptide Publishing (first published May 26th 2012)
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It is an alright little story but.....and it is a big but; I have problems believing in it. Why would a cop be asked to go undercover as a prostitute and be expected to go to bed with his customers? Especially as it is one specific guy they're trying to catch? Had this been on a higher level, let's say FBI or MI1 or something, I would have accepted it. But not this. No way.

That aside the story is well told, if a little bit thin in places. The ending was a bit abrupt and too convinient though. Th...more

I expected more from this story, the blurb was good the cover was great but the story inside was lacking. I liked Jake as an MC but the rest of the characters had no personality, which made it difficult to get lost in the story. Jake going undercover as a prostitute was good but having him sleeping with “clients” was totally unbelievable and his undercover job of catching the new crime boss was really thin, there was no build up and the end of that part of the story was lackluster and very disap...more
With its storyline of an undercover cop playing the role of prostitute, Necessity's Door fits in seamlessly with the other titles in Riptide Publishing's Rentboy Collection. While there's a feeling of implausibility in Jake's actually going with the men who stop for him, it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this story in any way.

At the start of the story Jake is definitely in turmoil after his boyfriend walks out on him taking all of Jake's savings. It's made him a bit desperate to make ends meet. A...more
I didn't expect this to be so short. I think that even with the length, the author did manage to put some interesting things into her story. I liked the overall premise of Jake as an undercover policeman, but I was having trouble coming to terms with Jake's situation. (view spoiler)...more
An interesting short novella about an undercover officer posing as a rentboy. He gets caught between his job and his life when he meets a real john who's not part of his mission but he has to go with the guy to maintain his cover. And he likes it. A lot. And then he gets paid, and no one really knows about it, so even though he should declare it, he's got some financial difficulty riding him and that money could help, and no one will know, so what's the harm, and if the guy keeps coming back and...more
Concerns, concerns, concerns. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That sort of stuff.

I'm still unsure about the whole actually having sex on an undercover op thing, but beyond that whole dubious premise, it was quite good. I mean, parts of it DID seem rather like a series of comedy of errors, but the emotions of the characters were explored rather nicely.

I kind of would have wanted more development, but in that whole implications area more...

Abrupt ending, HFN, *shrug. I mean, for its length, it wasn't bad? Again...more
Started off well but kind of went downhill very fast. Issues with the undercover operation aside, the ending was very disappointing. It felt rushed as well. Possibly would have been a better story if the author had time to flesh out the other characters a bit more.
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I liked this one. The writing was really good but it was not a romance; there is no HEA and not even an HFN. It was more about the MC moving on from a bad breakup and a guy he can't have and finding someone in a very unconventional way who could love but you don't get that story. I would like to read that story though!
Couldn't get behind this one. The idea of an undercover cop posing as a prostitute actually sleeping with suspects and debating keeping the cash just didn't work for me. Maybe if it had been built as grittier. To me, Jake comes off as a mess with nothing to really redeem him. This is part of the Riptide Rentboy 2012 collection. Comprised of 4 books, as a whole I'd rate the collection a 3.5 but mostly for Belleau and Vane's Cruce de Caminos which remains my favorite.
An enjoyable story about a gay undercover cop and the pickle he manages to get himself into with his on the job partner, their quarry and the innocent fellow that stumbles into the picture.

A bit of romantic fairytale type fluff, but you know what? Sometimes that kind of story is exactly what one's soul needs after a few dark reads in a row.

I'd read work by Fiona Glass again. :)
An undercover cop posing as a hooker, but sleeping with his "johns" to maintain his cover. What? Not plausible in the slightest. An editor at Riptide, whose books I normally enjoy, should have caught that the premise is not realistic in the slightest. And from other reviews it seems I am not alone.

Beautiful cover though.
.5 stars

Run, run far away. Don't waste your time or money on this totally ridiculous book. I can't believe it's gotten more then one star ratings. I can suspend belief when it does to books but I would believe in the teachings of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster before I believe the crap this book was selling me.
Katy Beth Mckee
When this story started I was so sure where it was going. Toward the middle I didn't see how anything good would come of the the mess Jake's world had become. To get to the end was surprising in it simplicity.
May 27, 2012 Lacie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, m_m
Decent read, if a bit thin at times. Also, the ending, way too convenient/abrupt. Still, I enjoyed the brief glimpse into the lives of the characters and would be willing to read more of Glass' work.
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Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Rated: 2.5 Hearts

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Everything got tied up a little too neatly and quickly at the end, but I liked the story and main characters.
I really liked this story. It was nicely written. I liked the plot and characters.
Meh... I have so many issues with this I don't know where to start, so I won't.
G.B. Gordon
Couldn't suspend disbelief enough to make it work for me.
eh we'll give it a go
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When she isn't being a pane in the glass, Fiona writes darkly humorous fiction, almost always with a twist in the tail. Her work has been published in anthologies and magazines (both print and electronic), most recently with Riptide Publishing, Byker Books, Mslexia, and The Pygmy Giant. Her second novel, 'Gleams of a Remoter World', a ghost story set on the wild west coast of Ireland, was publishe...more
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