L.A. Heat (L.A. #1)
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
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 ...more
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)[Ramsey? (hide spoiler)]. I did after I initially thought Trevor. Anyway. Fantastic mystery.
The romance lacke ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I liked that the sex-scenes (though brief, but hot) didnt 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 didnt 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. ...more