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L.A. Heat (L.A. #1)

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  797 ratings  ·  67 reviews

When LAPD detective David Laine first encounters hunky party boy Chris Bellamere, it is to interrogate him about the murder of one of Chris's many sexual conquests. When Chris's efforts to prove his own innocence mark him as a victim, David steps in to save him, and finds himself falling in love with a man who might be a brutal murderer.
P.A. Brown's debut is a gritty myst

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Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Alyson Books
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Betryal
This has some real rip, shit-eating, heart stopping, erratic pulse humping action, suspense and drama all rolled into one hellova book.

I'm usually good at guessing, so I keep saying, on the who done it, but dayum I was so stumped and when I thought to say 'I fawking knew it' I'll be a monkey's uncle in saying I was soooo wrong!

It was a relief to see one character made it through what was clearly traumatizing at the hands of a sick sack-of-shit and for a sec I thought for Chris he was done in, bu
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Natasha
Ugh. Um. 3.75! Rounded.. down. Which makes no sense, but who the fuck are you, the sovereign of my rating scale? PFT.

The mystery in this deserves at 6/5. It's fucking great. God, I loved the mystery. I always thought I knew what up but I read Ami's review and she said the killer isn't revealed until later so I can trying to be crafty. Did anyone but me FOR SURE think it was (view spoiler). I did after I initially thought Trevor. Anyway. Fantastic mystery.

The romance lacke
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Kati
Wow, what a page-turner. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time! I really liked both David and Chris, their personalities, the fact that even though Chris was your usual cute Californian boy, David was anything but. And the mystery was quite intriguing too. I mean, I thought that I had the baddie pegged right away but boy, was I wrong or what? Also, it was a gay mystery without detailed sex scenes that would take pages and pages of text, the author didn't shirk the plot and that was quite ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was a refreshing change from typical detective mysteries in that there was actual detecting. The officers were smart and asked good questions and interviewed the right witnesses. There were real consequences for inappropriate actions. But like regular police work, sometimes it was a little dull.

I really liked the main detective. He was really a great guy and his motivations were clear cut and made sense. I didn't like Chris at all at first but he grew on me. He changed quite a bit but ther
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DaisyGirl
4.0 Stars

LAPD Detective David Laine is gay but deeply closeted. He's assigned to investigate a string of murders targeting gay men. Chris Bellamere - an openly gay California "golden boy" - is their prime suspect. I loved both David and Chris. They were wonderfully imperfect characters (my fave) with admirable qualities. The mystery was riveting and had me guessing to the end.

Bottom line: A page-turner!
Chris
Very good gay mystery with a titch of romance about a sexy, slutty IT geek accused of murder and the deeply closeted cop conflicted between attraction and duty. Be aware that there are some graphic descriptions of mutilated bodies...
Karel
I swear I'll keep it short I swear I swear I swear:

Things I like:

o Chris is a total bum and David is not really cute, because love should be an eye-of-the-beholder thing and once in a while it's great to read about people who can't stop traffic (unless David flashes his badge, in which case he can) getting laid.

o The mystery actually kept me guessing - there being multiple suspicious individuals - and the red herring also worked, so it's all good.


Thinks I did not like:

o David is a closet case wh
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k reads

This is a tricky one to rate - more like 2.5 stars.

The mystery is good. Vicious, unsettling and absorbing. I was convinced I knew who the murderer was but I was waaay off and I dug that. I always enjoy a mystery that can keep me guessing. It goes a little off the rails towards the end (note to MC: When you discover major evidence, its best to tell the cops - especially when you are fucking one of them.), but still remained absorbing.

So, yeah, I liked the mystery.

My big problem with this? Pretty
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Tami (synchro from BL)
A very well written crime story with interesting characters. It is a serial killer story, not exactly original, but with the gay story line also not too cliched. I liked both MCs, I liked how things developed between them.
The "heat" in the title is a little misleading - it only describes the weather in this case. I didn't miss the step by step accounts here, but just for managing expectations: no explicit descriptions, just hinting. The book was good and entertaining, so I didn't miss this part
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Nancy L
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Ami
Another winner of this genre. The murder/mystery part is good -- Ms. Brown reveals the culprit in an effective way that keeps my toes till the end. It's more serious than few other books of this genre that I have read. More vicious and messy -- kinda reminded me of Karen Rose's novels. The romance part is also wonderful. The sex is fairly light (I like it that way) and the emotion between the main characters, David and Chris is just right without being pushed to your face.
leigh
Excellent plot-driven thriller in which a serial killer is targeting gay men, and the deeply closeted lead detective finds himself terrifyingly attracted to the pretty blond playboy who is either the prime suspect--or next victim. Not an original premise, but very well handled here.

The mystery aspect of this one takes precedence over the romance. There are numerous characters among whom to search for the killer, and the ultimate reveal came as a surprise at least to this reader. The danger plot
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Sarah
Synopsis from here at Alyson Bookstore.
When LAPD detective David Laine first encounters hunky party boy Chris Bellamere, it is to interrogate him about the murder of one of Chris's many sexual conquests. When Chris's efforts to prove his own innocence mark him as a victim, David steps in to save him, and finds himself falling in love with a man who might be a brutal murderer. P.A. Brown's debut is a gritty mystery set in LA's edgy, less glamorous East Side, where gangs co-mingle with gays, gunfi
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ElaineY
I loved this one! And it was such a treat to get to read it in print format.

Of the two protagonists, I have to say I liked David over Chris. I found Chris too emotionally immature even at the end of the book whereas I felt David had come a long way from his tightly closed closet. It was as if the guy had locked himself in and thrown away the key!

I liked how their romance developed, not in a rush, but rather well-paced and in keeping with L A Heat being a murder mystery. The relationship developm
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Matthew Vandrew
I was a bit reluctant at first because deeply-closeted-cop-falls-for-an-openly-gay-suspect-who-turns-out-to-be-a-victim - just how many times we've read that? Together with the final scenes of gay-boy in distress and the knight in his shining armor coming to rescue, all by himself? Fortunately, this book is written well, with some cleverly placed red herrings and is more thriller than m/m romance. Some way too convenient clues towards the end but otherwise it's a decent book.
Nikki
Fantastic book that kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Sounds funny, but I really could have gone without David and C hooking up even though it rounded out the book. Highly recommended for those who like mystery suspense!
Jeis
The thriller part is very good, but the romantic one is not – it’s weak and unconvincing (insta-love after the history of suspecting, really?). Bonus points for Chris not playing an amateur sleuth (this ‘damsel in distress’ twist never ends well but always looks lame) and letting professionals handle the crazy criminal. But that cliché that no gay man can resist a man in skintight jeans – it’s ridiculous. It’s just another way to say ‘I like him because he puts himself on display’ or ‘he has thi ...more
OkayKim
Pretty good gay murder mystery thriller. I could not put this one down the minute I hit the first page. Look forward to reading more from this author.
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Synopsis:

"In the dark world of leather bars and the frenetic coupling of the West Hollywood club scene, a killer stalks his prey. For hot young party boy Chris Bellamere, it's a nightmare waiting to explode, because several of his former friends and lovers have become victims and the ring of suspicion is tightening around him." In the gritty world of the LAPD, David Lane has his own secrets. As he sets about investigating the serial killings taking place in the city's gay mecca, he realizes his
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Miz Love
The big focus lately in my writing journey has been on my characters. A lot of thought has gone into whether they’re real, whether a reader will embrace them. Naturally, my mind motored to other writers’ characters, particularly the ones who impressed me the most, the ones who still linger in my mind.


I zeroed in on one specific writer, a specific character. And that is the hero from LA Heat by P.A. Brown. The character? David Eric Laine. Oh, I even love his name. Not just David Laine. But David
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Elisa Rolle
First of all, how can you write a post on a mystery without giving up the mystery? Telling nothing about the story of course! So I will try to focus on the main characters, and for the mystery part of the story, sufficient to say that the author got me fooled and led me to the wrong path as she probably wanted since the beginning.

David is an average LAPD detective; he is not an hero, nor in his work or in his private life. He is a cop by the book, he does his work with commitment, and he is sti
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Kassa
A classic by-the-book cop falling for the chief suspect theme story that shines in the practical aspects but falls a little flat in the emotion. Coming in at almost 400 pages, this may seem a bit of a daunting book but don’t let that turn you away as the dialogue is quick and the book reads surprisingly fast. The mystery is absorbing and while not especially complex with the clues are easily laid out, the story is well written and enthralling, keeping you reading long after the outcome may be ob ...more
Le Letture Rosa di Anita
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Ho letto questo romanzo perchè la trama e i due protagonisti mi ricordavano la serie "Cut & Run": in realtà sono diversissimi, sia come protagonisti che come ambientazione ma mi sono piaciuti molto lo stesso! In questo caso abbiamo un vero e proprio giallo e l'indagine è la colonna portante del romanzo. La Brown è molto brava a mantenere viva l'attenzione e la suspense: io credevo di avere già capito tutto all'iniz
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Tricia
This was an intriguing mystery-action-romance story. Through several recent reads, I tried to identify what particular aspect of a story makes the reader identify with characters and their relationships more so than other stories. For me, this book had the ability to capture and maintain my attention. Both protagonists are easy to like, you appreciate their personalities, conflicts, and interactions. The novel has that "something special" through which the reader cares about the people and outco ...more
Mish Middelmann
Takes the reader into gay experience - including just how homophobic this world is. Touching call for a more open and tolerant attitude to diversity - and sexy, too.
Tj
Solid read. I like the characters. They were realistic. There were times I didn't like one or the other but it's true that everyone has their flaws and time times so it made it more realistic. I actually enjoyed the fact that the author didn't just throw out there terms and etc that we wouldn't understand but explained them some so that we could get what was happening. The dynamics between the characters were well written. I did think that it was a bit shallow in that neither character in the en ...more
Caryn
Bought this book because Josh Lanyon said it was good. He was right it was good. Very good. The storyline is great and the relationship between the two main characters is interesting. It all came together perfectly and kept my interest all the way through. I gave it to a co-worker to read and he loved it just as much as I did. However her other books that have come out including the sequel with the same characters just hasn't been as good to me. I will still buy them but none of them have lived ...more
Angel Pedroza
I enjoyed the main characters.
Sarah
This is my first gay mystery book I´ve ever read. I have to say it is very engaging and most of the time I couldn´t stop reading.

I liked that the sex-scenes (though brief, but hot) didn´t take over the story and the crime that had to be solved was still the main focus.

The chemistry between David and Chris is great, even though I didn´t really buy the fast progression their relationship took.

All in all I enjoyed L.A. heart very much and I will definitely read more books written by P.A. Brown.
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Pat Brown, writing as P.A. Brown, is the author of the Chris and David police procedural novels featuring LAPD homicide detective David Eric Laine and his lover, computer network engineer Christopher Bellamere. In L. A. Heat the first in the series, David is an uptight, in the closet cop living a life of denial and dark secrets he will protect at all costs. Then his life becomes entwined with Chri ...more
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