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Hidden Force (Tennessee Cops #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  701 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Cold-blooded murder and hot-blooded passion. Memphis homicide detective Tony Costa's life is twisted with both. A killer is stalking prey in the bitter winter nights leaving a trail of victims with hauntingly familiar features. The blond-haired, blue-eyed young men resemble the vice cop whose bed he secretly shares. Afraid of revealing his secret to the world, he may be to ...more
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Published by Ellora's Cave (first published 2007)
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Nov 01, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it
Tony Costa, a 32-year old homicide cop, who despite being in a relationship for over a year with a 25-year old vice cop, Ryan Nillson, still lives his life in the closet. Ryan is the first and only man for Tony, but he is not ready to tell the world about their relationship, even if he feels deep for Ryan. Until Tony and his partner, Jeff, stumbles into murder case, where the victims resemble Ryan -- and when Ryan is being involved in the case as bait (and since Ryan is out as a gay man in the f ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I enjoyed this story about two cops, but what's different is one is out and the other isn't.
Ryan loves Tony, he just isn't sure if it's mutual, and then the case they are working it brings it all to a head.

Just sort of wondering who the "Luke" is that the blurb on GR is talking about! LOL
Looks like the blurb was fixed. Good. :)
Enjoyable, fast-paced story involving an undercover police operation aimed at solving a series of gay murders.

Ryan is a vice cop, looks like the victims and is out, so volunteers to go undercover to the gay club where the victims had been. Tony, his very much in the closet, lover and colleague provides back-up. Together they solve the murder but not without lots of drama and emotional admissions.

The only downside was the length of the story, it could easily have been longer.
Jun 18, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
This was a very nice read, short but good. I liked both Tony and Ryan and thought they fit really well together. I liked the mixture of romance with the suspense and hadn't expected the twist at the end which added to the enjoyment of the book.
3.5 Stars

Tony Costa is a closeted Memphis homicide detective. For the past year, he has been in a "relationship" (read: friends-with-benefits) with vice cop, Ryan Nilsson. Despite the casual nature of their relationship, Ryan has fallen hard for Tony and wants more but is unwilling to leave him. The two team up to catch a serial killer targeting young, gay men who scarily resemble Ryan. The challenges they face and must overcome force them to closely evaluate their unexpressed feelings for each
Tami (synchro from BL)

This was not good. It was not painful either. But not good.

And I know had I read it two years ago (so eager for anything available m/m back in the days ante-kindle), I probably would have liked it. But my standards raised and this is sub-par. Just an example: in the first few smexy scenes there was constantly mentioning of "the hot c*ck". In exactly those words.
Also it sounds quite strange when they are going heavily at it and then "he spilled his seed" like in a bad 80ies m/f romance, when
This book was mostly porn with a little bit of plot, and it was just ok. It didn't draw me in, and neither of the characters were anything special. The shifting POVs were confusing when they occurred without a section break, which is a pet peeve of mine. I'd have liked to see more character development and a more compelling plot.
Aug 04, 2013 Gigi rated it really liked it
This was super fun! I love M/M cop romances, especially ones when they fall in love after being adamant about remaining fuck-buddies. This was also a nice little serial killer mystery with a twist.

Very enjoyable, can recommend to M/M romance and police officer fans.
Good balance of suspense and romance. I took to both characters and enjoyed how Tony comes to acknowledge his love for Ryan, both privately and publicly.

Can't say David made much of an impression but I'm reading Helping Hands now so I'll see if he grows on me.
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Elisa Rolle
Usually I'm not fond of romantic suspence, but in this case I was confident that the author would not disappoint me, and so it's.

Tony Costa is a tough homicide detective. He is leaving in a nightmare cause his last case is about a serial killer who prey on young, blond and gay victim. And all the victims could be twins of Tony's lover, Ryan, a vice cop. The hidden Tony's lover.

To Tony Ryan is his first male lover. He has never felt like this before, nor with women nor men. But he fears coming ou
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Perfect. This is the perfect book for me and it was written perfectly and everything happened the way I wanted to, etc. I was particularly pleased because this is one of those romance serials where every story is a different couple, is usually shorter than average, and the general goal is to get to the HEA of true-love. In these books, the plot is often just a way to get the romance from point A to point Z.

The plot is typical for a mystery thriller, but it's still interesting and meshes well wi
Trisha Harrington
Apr 23, 2013 Trisha Harrington rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Trisha by: Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I would only change one small thing about the book, and that is dismissible in my head for a couple of reasons. I really liked Tony and Ryan, they were hot! The coming out story was done nicely too. I really enjoyed this one.
Sep 06, 2015 Tj rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Good read. I enjoyed the story. It had a good plot line. The characters were a little shallow. I couldn't seem to connect to them. I did enjoy the story but wished for a little more to the characters.
Nov 26, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
This is the fourth book I’ve read by Shayla Kersten and she definitely is one of my favorite authors! Hidden Force didn’t disappoint me either. Not at all! Again it’s one hot and exciting story! Not only does she never fail to portray her characters very well and make me sympathize with them very easily, she also knows how to build a solid layer of suspense and add a lot of hotness to the mix. There’s just nothing to dislike in her stories, unless you’re not into gay love I guess. I for one am b ...more
Kevin Mullinax
Dec 06, 2010 Kevin Mullinax rated it it was amazing
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Dec 26, 2010 Trix rated it really liked it
It was a very nice read.

The characters were very believable and in my opinion, the story had an equal dose of sexuality and mystery. I've never had a near-death experience for someone I cared, so not sure how believable it is to imagine someone accepting their sexuality and coming out to everyone after such an event but it worked well with the story. I also enjoyed the opposite personalities of the main characters, one being open, while the other was closed off and afraid. It made for a nice dy
Aug 12, 2015 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
I didn't really like anyone in this book. (view spoiler)

Most of all, I had trouble suspending my disbelief regarding the sloppy police work. I hope there is no one like Tony on my local police force; he has anger issues and is quick to violence and seems to disregard procedure and the law to an alarming degree. That kind of behavior is not sexy, IMO. (view spoiler)
Stacey Jo
This was a really good, realtively short read. I say short, but it was right at 100 pages. It's something that you could probably just about read in one sitting. Very HOT! Has an undercover sting operation to catch a serial killer and has a nice surprising twist. It's fast paced with a well developed storyline. It's the first I've read of this author but I like her style. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series...really soon.
The first decent M/M book I read in ages. It was shorter than my liking but still. It didn't feel like a bunch of sex scenes disguised as a story. It felt like a story with steamy sex scenes and suspense and a sweet ending. Kudos.
Oct 07, 2011 Alina rated it it was amazing
Good story, I really enjoyed it! Elaborated mystery, sympathetic characters and coming out theme (for Tony) - awesome combination.
Aug 05, 2013 Anke rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Nice, entertaining read until the murderer was revealed, then it became rather harebrained.
Awilk -never sleeps-
This was a hot but interesting read. I enjoyed this, and wish it had been much longer.
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
I don't know why people were saying that this was all sex/no plot. Yes, there were a few hot, very well-described sex scenes, but there was a lot of emotional build-up that I actually believed in, the mystery thread was thoroughly explored, and it was a well-rounded story. Which is incredibly surprising and impressive for 98 pages!

I honestly cared for and sympathized with these characters and cannot wait to continue the series. Of course I would have loved to read about the past year of Tony and
Apr 07, 2013 Tonileg rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery, m-m, series
Police M/M romance with one openly gay young Vice cop and one gay-for-you homicide detective who are on the down low in a relationship, but when a serial killer targeting gay young men comes to Memphis so the two policemen are assigned it the case.
Memphis homicide detective Tony Costa is openly hetero to his co-workers, but his detective partner Jeff has already figured out that something is going on with Tony and Ryan and he doesn't care about it, but there is lots of small minded people on the
Mar 17, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This is a rather enjoyable, though not particularly outstanding, OFY story about two cops in love. One is out, the other is not. I happen to be a sucker for cop-in-love stories, so I had a good time reading it -- and, even for folks who aren't in the sucker category with me, it's worth spending a little time with if you have an hour or two to spare.

There's a pretty good balance of action and romance here, with both elements relatively well developed and written in a relatively sensible manner. B
May 03, 2016 Franzi rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought and went through all of it on one single train trip.
It's a fast paced romance/mystery story with likeable main and side charcters. Some parts of the mystery plot could've been thought through better and tbh I could've done with less sex scenes (le gasp) and instead more plot for the mystery, but overall I enjoyed the story.
Sep 04, 2014 Bo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believable, Exciting, and Hot

Somewhat typical cop-meets-cop and falls in lust scenario, but with a good plot and surprising killer behind it, probably better than most. Quick read, believable lovers (Tony and Ryan, as opposite as their names), hot sex, and tormented side players. Pretty good overall and it doesn't slow down a bit. Go for it.
Dec 28, 2014 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-books-read
The writing in the very beginning of this book was a little on the patchy side. I'm not sure if this was due to too much editing or not enough - some of the beginning scenes seemed pieced together - not quite enough exposition or inner monologue to flesh out the action. It put a bit of distance between me and the characters at first.

After the first few chapters, however, the writing tightened up considerably. As the story progressed, the author seemed more relaxed and better able to "show not te
Nice, but too short

I liked the story, but felt the ending was rushed. The characters were likable and hopefully the other installments will build up.
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A native of Arkansas, Shayla spent four years in the Army as a missile specialist, stationed in Germany and Oklahoma. After her enlistment was up, she
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