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When Joe Grace, an assistant DA in Los Angeles, discovers the best friend he had growing up has been taken in for questioning on a murder investigation, he drops everything and flies to Chicago. To help, he tells himself.


The last person Israel Jones ever expects to show up in his defense is a blast from his past, but now that Joe's in town, Israel is convinced the truth w

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Published March 2009 by Amberquill
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JenMcJ
Mar 18, 2009 JenMcJ rated it liked it
With a basic underlying story as sad as this one I should have cried and cried as I read it and somehow I never did. Emotionally I did not connect with these characters as much as I usually do in a V. Dean book.

Joe, the DA, shows up at a time of need for Israel, the best friend/lover he had simply not seen in 18 years. As the reason for the distance and fade out of the relationship are revealed, Joe comes off as self absorbed and thoughtless. I think the fallout over the faded relationship was
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ElaineY
Mar 20, 2009 ElaineY rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, romantic-suspense
I had to give it just 2 stars because that was what I felt - that it was "just okay". Jen MxJ said it all for me so I really don't have much more to add except that I enjoyed the Vivien Dean I read a couple of years back. That was Mercy of Them Bones, a vampire MMF. I connected with the protagonists, including the female in the menage but I felt zilch for Israel and Joe.
Ami
May 22, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it
One of my favorite theme of romance is when the two people involved actually had a history. Like one of them get away and meet many years later. So I immediately love this one. While some might think that the issue of Joe left Iz for the past 18 years resolved too soon, I don't feel it. For some couples, I think silent acceptance works better. I think both Joe and Iz will have more time to discuss things, after ... but for the time frame of this story, what they do is enough. It has the right am ...more
Elisa Rolle
Joe is flying from Los Angeles to Chicago to help a friend he hasn't seen in 20 years and talked to more or less the same time. Back in their native small town, Joe and Israel got along at first as best friends and then as lovers. But it was always their secret, the small towm was too small to allow them something different, and then Israel was born on the wrong side of the street, he was a love-child of mixed origins, probably with African American blood, but his mother never told. Anyway with ...more
Whitney
Jul 21, 2012 Whitney rated it liked it
Shelves: interracial
I like this story about about Joe and Israel, childhood friends and sweethearts who’ve lost touch and come together again when Israel is under suspicion of committing murder.

You never forget your first love. It doesn’t matter how long you go without seeing them, the feeling is always there. It’s one of my favorite romance themes and the reason I picked this book to read. I’ve been wanting to read for some time now (going on a couple years, I think), so I’m glad I finally picked it up.

I really li
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Kassa
Aug 29, 2009 Kassa rated it liked it
Joe hasn’t thought about the small town he grew up much since he left almost twenty years ago for college and beyond so when he hears a passing news reference to the arrest of the man who was his childhood best friend and first lover, Joe drops everything and immediately flies to Chicago to help. Israel is charged with the murder of a local gang member, the same gang member who was the prime suspect in Israel’s son’s drive-by murder. While Joe attempts to find out who is really responsible, he a ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I have too many reviews to write today so this will just be my notes.

Unique opening.

There was a line in the book that said, "He hadn't even known Teddy and this meaningless death was getting to him." At that point, I felt the same. It was just a character in the book I didn't know, and yet I found myself pretty upset.

Not really any sleuthing. Feels like just an excuse for getting him to Chicago.

How dumb are they that they didn't latch on to the fact (view spoiler)
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Vivien Dean has had a lifetime love affair with stories. A multi-published author, her books have been EPPIE finalists, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Nominees, and readers favorites. After spending her twenties and early thirties traveling, she has finally settled down and currently resides in northern California with her British husband and two children.
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