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

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  954 Ratings  ·  77 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

Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Alyson Books
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Jun 04, 2010 Betryal rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 04, 2009 Kati rated it it was amazing
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
Nika (Off to Neverland)
A good mystery that reminded me a little of the Adrien English series.

Chris Bellamere is a hot, successful twenty-something who's living it up in LA. Things are going well for him until a series of events makes it seem like he's the crazy killer who's killing pretty gay boys.

Enter Detective David Laine. A deeply closeted man, he's always managed to keep his personal life away from his professional one. Until gorgeous Chris comes along and messes it all up. When David realizes that Chris isn't th
Mar 26, 2013 Karel rated it it was ok
Shelves: nomance
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
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
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!
Jul 29, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, gay, done, mystery, ebook, 2012
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...
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Jan 16, 2014 k reads rated it it was ok
Shelves: quiltbag, read-2014

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
Tami (synchro from BL)
Aug 13, 2012 Tami (synchro from BL) rated it really liked it
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
Nancy L
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Jun 28, 2009 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 09, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-fiction
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
Oct 07, 2012 leigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-are
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
Jul 11, 2009 ElaineY rated it it was amazing
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
Bergur Arnar
Jan 13, 2016 Bergur Arnar rated it liked it
It was good, especially for a first novel from an author.
I really liked the build-up to the relationship (view spoiler)
The revelation of who the murderer was actually surprised me, I was dead set on (view spoiler) being the murderer.
I liked most of the characters and I liked Martinez's reaction(view spoiler)
Jan 04, 2016 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I always have soft spot for law enforcement who fell for his witness/suspect, but the romance between David and Christ took 30% to spark, I kinda tired waiting. Also the ILU was too soon, considering that David has been in the closet far too long and they knew each other only for weeks. I need more bonding...

The mystery though, while it manage to keep me guessing, it has gaping plot hole (view spoiler)
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.
Waaaay to long. This was a hard book for me to finish. I didn't like the MC's, I wasn't a fan of the writing but the plot, in theory, was good. Just felt like was a lot of "filler" words that didn't do anything to help tell the story.
Ms. 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!
Aug 06, 2010 OkayKim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 18, 2009 Kassa rated it really liked it
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
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 Miz Love rated it it was amazing
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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"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
Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown is a 2009 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge) and below is the Jury motivation:
1) I have finished reading L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown and after thinking long and hard about it, I really must give it full marks (30) as it was a fantastic read. The style of writing was great and really captured a "whodunnit" atmosphere. I was left guessing right up to the end who was the "Carpet Killer" and I loved the red herrings thrown in along the way. The author did
Anita Bianchi
Nov 15, 2013 Anita Bianchi rated it really liked it
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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
May 15, 2013 Tricia rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really worked for me. Great police procedural that actually kept me guessing. Characters I cared about, a relationship I rooted for, and no 15-year-old girls. I agree with another commenter that the love was a little abrupt, but I wanted it so I forgive that. Also, I agree with that the explanations if the police terms (and Spanish) were unnecessary and clumsily done. That dropped it a star for me. Also, the sometimes extremely difficult-to-follow dialogue shifts (that was bad editing--inco ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Jeis rated it liked it
Shelves: average
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
I, unfortunately, read some reviews and ran into part of a spoiler so I knew who didn't do it. So, that was a bummer. If I hadn't done that, the mystery would have totally come out of left field at me. I thought the action scenes were great. I felt that some of the police jargon was thrown in a bit awkwardly. And the sexy scenes had some typical fluffy sappy stuff (I hate the "thrashing" of heads during these scenes - ugh). When Chris meets David for the first time, David is definitely not descr ...more
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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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