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Bring The Heat

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  759 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Police Detective Riley Ellison has a new habit...stopping by a coffeehouse called the Java Pit on his way to work. The coffee's good, but it's not the rich flavor that lures him to drive blocks out of his way each morning, and it's not an addiction to caffeine either. He's half-embarrassed to admit it, but it's the man who keeps him coming back. The long-legged, painted-on...more
ebook, 127 pages
Published June 28th 2009 by Amber Quill Press
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There is something to be said about buying a book from an author and knowing it’s going to be good before you read it. I experience this when I buy anything written by M.L. Rhodes. She is one of those authors that are an automatic buy for me. When I started reading her latest book Bring the Heat, it immediately pulled me into the storyline, and I was unable to stop until I got to the last page.

One of the main things I like about her books is her heroes. She writes heroes that are complex in man...more
4.5 stars

I absolutely loved the relationship between the geeky cop and the macho model/stripper it was the perfect pairing and so engaging. I couldn't have cared less about the murders and how quickly they were resolved all I wanted was more of Dane and Riley. It was the romance the connection and feelings expressed that got to me beautiful. I adored them, Riley is so shy and awkward but flirtatious too and Dane is confident and smart he isn't about to scare off the skittish Riley. The coffee sh...more

So the blurb pretty much gives the whole book away, and that is a darn shame. This was my first M.L Rhodes book and I really enjoyed the writing style so I will be checking out this author’s work again.

Riley is a cop, gay, and is crushing on a sexy guy he sees in a coffee shop. The relationship is he stares, ogles and fantasize about this man that is so way out of his league. Because lets be realistic there is no way this Greek Adonis is interested in his nerdy lookin...more
ML Rhodes is an autobuy for me and for good reason. Always solidly built characters with issues that are not unrealistic or overwhelming. The driving plot never feels too contrived and the resolution is fullfilling. All the necessary parts to provide an enjoyable story while cuddled up in your favorite chair for an afternoon.
Another story that has brilliant sexual tension and chemistry between its MC's. In this case a gorgeous, cocky stripper who starts the book flirting with a shy, slightly repressed cop in a coffee shop, then circumstances throw them together unexpectedly and the sizzle starts! Its a proper opposites attract story and it really works. There's also a murder mystery going on in the background as well, which just fleshes the story out nicely. Romantic and sexy.

I read this approx two years ago before...more
A sweet little story. A nice start with a good ending, but the middle was kinda bland. Not long enough to be a real suspence mystery and the sex was really same old same old, but still an OK read when you want a light short read to tide you over.
4.5 Stars

Another great book by this author. I loved Riley and Dane together, they just fit each other so well. I just wish that the book was longer.
Well after a blurb like that, do you need to read the book? I guess if you want to read the sex then sure but the over share in the summary tells you everything you need to know or would have discovered by reading the book. It’s not one of the author’s better books but it’s not horrible, well until the unnecessary murder-mystery part. But the murder case is a tangent and totally unnecessary as this book is mostly erotica with easy to like, not very deep characters. This is one of those books in...more
Trisha Harrington
This was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Now, I know a lot of people will have issues with this. It's insta-love with sweetness, sappiness, and a fast paced relationship. But I am a bit of a believer in love at first sight. I'm not talking about real, passionate love. But I do think there are people who genuinely know from the first meeting that they will spend the rest of their lives with a person. Mainly because I have experienced it.

Meeting at a coffee shop is kind cliche, I guess. But when it c...more
The best thing about this novella was the character of Riley. He's a cop, but instead of the usual swagger and arrogance you usually find in cop characters, Riley is actually quite shy and unsure of himself. He's got a big crush on a guy that he sees every day in a coffee shop, but panics when the cute guy actually seems interested back. Riley is investigating the murder of a gay stripper by visiting all potential witnesses. Imagine his surprise when one of those witnesses turns out to be Dane,...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
I didn't like this one.
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3.5 Stars

I wanted to give this a higher star, but I just couldn't. I was invested in the case and then it just ended. It got resolved by being told it happened via Dane. Not cool. So, I guess I wish it was longer, so we could have gotten the full effect.

I wanted to know more about how Dane pegged Riley. Not everybody acts the way they look. So he helped an older lady to a table, that's being a decent person. That doesn't equal smart, loyal, hard-working, etc. whatever else he pegged him at befor...more
Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 2.5 stars

Not bad but not as good as I'd hoped.
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Cute; nothing special, but good. I really dislike insta-love, but in some cases, like for this couple, they were so sweet and good for each other that it worked. The plot included a little mystery, a stripper and a cop...just like a line from the book, "sounds like a B movie." But the focus was definitely on Riley and Dane, and it didn't devolve into silliness or obvious clichés--besides some of the dialogue. The point-of-view switched back and forth between them, letting us into both their mind...more

Oooh, I loved this one! It was hot alright, awesome and sweet, and Riley and Dane are just fantastic. The shy cop and the outgoing stripper, the perfect combination, I'm tellin' ya! :-D
Definitely recommended, in fact, I'll have to shop through M. L. Rhodes books again, to look for something new right away...
Probably more 3.5 than 3 stars. I like M.L. Rhodes' writing a lot and she's really good at making me feel the emotions of her characters, which was done well in this story. But it felt also a bit too rushed and I'm not a big fan of the insta-love theme. Still an enjoyable read with likeable heroes.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
2.5 stars

I'm honestly not really sure what to say about this one. I liked it but it didn't hold my attention and when it did grasp it, the story was almost over.

Riley and Dane are polar opposites. Riley considers himself a geek in cop's clothing. He thinks he's pretty ordinary and boring compared to everyone else and when Dane takes an interest in him he just can't understand why. Dane is eccentric and outgoing but he's also a classic case of don't judge a book by it's cover. He might have model...more
3.5 stars, but can't give it that so three because it's just lacking in length and, as a result, felt somewhat rushed.

Both MC's were nice but at times it was piled on thick because there was not enough development time. Riley was a cop that was not into 'the scene' and insecure due to past incidents, which we were told happened but not what they were. Once again that part suffered due to the length. Dane was a hunky, part-time stripper, ex male model who was relaxed and secure in himself. They m...more
Elisa Ramblings
Bring the Heat is the classical cop and stripper story with a twist. And the twist is not that the stripper is a man, at least this is not the original thing, but that the cop, Riley, is a shy good boy next door type who falls in love with model turned stripper for fun, Dane.

Riley was always a shy boy, and even a little skinny and nerd type. For all his youth he was scorned for being gay and this led him to choose to be a police officer more for the desire to help others like him than for a real...more
This book suffers from a serious case of "it's too short" syndrome. I liked the engaging narrative voice, the setup, the MCs, and the tension (both sexual and non), but it was just too short to develop anything fully. So, instead, we're stuck with insta-love and a poorly developed mystery and not enough character development.

I liked this especially:

"The words "delectable" and "decadent" came to Riley's mind. If the man had a flavor, it would be something like dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake...more
If you are looking for a deeply mysterious detective story full of suspense then this is not the book you want at this time. If you are looking for both main and supporting characters that are so well written it takes literally no effort to vividly imagine them then this may be what you are looking for. Even the minor characters that populated the coffee shop where Riley and Dane began their relationship managed to elicit an emotional response from me as I read.

The mystery aspect of this story w...more
Elaine said "post a review so I can look at it later" and here I am to find Daisiemae has pretty much covered it. So Elaine, read her review. I wouldn't go so far as to give it 5 stars. I like to keep them for more meaty offerings these days, but this was a great story, I liked both the main characters and there was a weeny bit of suspense (not really because of course we all know it will be an HEA, but you know what I mean!).
I am always so impressed with wel written short stories. M.L. Rhodes manages to add some personal insecurity and angst, an interesting police case, two very interesting and hot characters in this short story and it doesn´t feel like anything is missing or has been left out. A very much enjoyed this read.
3.65 stars. I enjoyed this one, considering all the ingredients were present to develop a longer and very good story. A lot of potential left partially fulfilled (especially in the romance department), yet a pleasant read nonetheless.
riley is attracted to a man he goes out of his way to see at a new coffee shop, although he never makes a move. when he gets there one morning, riley sees the guy, and finds that his coffee has been paid for, although it isn't his regular coffee. there is also a number on the coffee cup sleeve, but riley is afraid that the gorgeous guy isn't serious about him, because he was a geek throughout school, and lots of guys tried to get him to go out with them as a joke. when riley catches a m...more
Feb 09, 2014 Brook added it
It started out so promising and then just... Flop. It started out so good and when Dane gave Riley his number I was like AW! And then when they met properly it just went flop. It went all corny and sappy and 'I fell for you the first time I seen you' , 'oh Riley I love you so!' fucking hell what is it with all these authors ! Why cant you write decent books! You. Had all the material to, the right characters a decent plot that you could of done so much with, but no... Corny, sappy, boring sex, u...more
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Cathy Brockman
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: Riley is a police detective, and like order in his life. He has no idea why he is all of a sudden obsessed with the man he sees in an out of the way coffee shop but he can’t seem to stay away.
Dane is intrigued by the sexy quiet man and everyday he comes in the more he knows he is more than intrigued, He wants to get to know this man and not just in a sexual way. Dane is handsome, outgoing, a successful model and a stripper, but not on...more
Thomaidha Papa
3.5 Hearts
MMGBR’s Book Talk: Bring the Heat by M.L Rhodes

Ok, there is a cop involved and a potential witness, but this is not a mystery/detective story.

That said this was a very nice, highly enjoyable and amusing romantic story.

The characters were almost perfect. Dane would be if not for his utterly flawed brother and Riley too if not for his insecurities.

Their chemistry; perfect! It's been a long time since I've read such a nice build up from the flirting till the moment it exploded in uncont...more
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“He didn’t get it—guys like that never flirted with men like him.
In spite of the fact he was a cop, which he liked to hope had given
him a little bit of visible macho cool after eight years on the job,
his sister still said his looks and style were “nerd meets librarian,”
which to him meant he was about as bland as they came. Not
exactly a balm to his ego. The man sprawled out in the chair over
his right shoulder, however, didn’t have a bland bone in his comeon-
baby-you-know-you-want-to-fuck-me body.”
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