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A Casual Weekend Thing

(Least Likely Partnership #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,965 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild ...more
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Published May 13th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 12th 2013)
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May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars.****Review completed May 30, 2013

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Christopher Hayes is a homicide detective with the San Diego police department and currently off duty. His partner, Ray Delgado, saved him when he’d been severely wounded while chasing down a criminal. The bullet had pierced his right shoulder and it looks like it caused nerve damage as well since three fingers of Christopher’s right hand are totally numb. As long as he won’t regain a complete functionality of his right hand he can’t go back on duty.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I always wanted to know what a robot would sound like narrating M/M romance. Now I know.

Ugh, this audiobook was not a strong one. While the narrator had a broad range of voices, they were all sort of... off. He gave each character a grating voice, and his narration of Christopher was stilted and odd. While it wasn't the worst audiobook that I've listened too (cough, cough The Fall), I had a difficult time getting into the story because of the reading voice.

Now, I have to say, when I heard this
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it

For all intents and purposes, this should book should rank among my favorites. It has cops. It has a lot of San Diego references (my hometown). It has a small town element. Some drama. Some hotness. Money, right?


I liked parts of this book a lot. I liked the two MC’s. Christopher, the injured San Diego cop who’s forced to small-town Montana to take care of family drama from the past, is broken but strong, sad but certain…and there’s a power but a softness to him. He’s sympathetic…and
Kaje Harper
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m, mystery
4.5 stars. I really liked this story about two cops, complicated guys with difficult pasts, who find each other over the course of a mystery involving the suicide of one man's brother. The characters are interesting, the relationship complex, and the mystery intense, (almost too much so at the end).

Christopher had a very tangled relationship with his brother, including a moment of extreme betrayal that separated them for over a decade. His brother, Peter, went through a cycle of prison and
buddy read with Glam <3

I loved lots of things, I didn't love that much the writing style because all the time I had a feeling like something is missing. And by that I don't mean that something is missing to the story. Do I make any sense? I don't, don't I?

I'll try my best to express my feelings step by step :)


Surprisingly I liked them all. Even the "bad" ones.
When I started reading this book I actually thought the lovestory is between Ray and Chris and that is because I forget
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Enjoyable m/m romance/mystery. The author really takes her time building up these characters who are both a bit fucked up. Detective Christopher Hayes is recovering from a shooting when he finds out that his brother (a convicted pedophile who he hasn't had contact with in 20 years) has committed suicide. On his way to Montana to sort out the mess he hooks up with a gorgeous man (Doug) in a gay bar. Later he's surprised to find Doug is the officer in charge of his brother's case. Chris has a lot ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, mystery, cops
2,5 stars

I’m going to be a spoilsport but despite being ambitious, A Casual Weekend Thing wasn’t more than an average read for me.

It seems to me that the author aimed at something perhaps not complex but rich. We have here many, too many plot lines, all revolving around the MCs and their hook up that lasts more than a weekend due to circumstances; plot lines revolving around the casual thing to finally join in the end in a big resolution. It’s a great plan (if I read it correctly) and it had the
Trisha Harrington
This is definitely what I like to read when it comes to thrillers. The story was engaging and we had an actual romance plot going on, not just the crime solving aspect of the plot. The book was written by a new author and she did an incredible job.

I loved Chris and Doug, they were the perfect couple for the book. I loved their chemistry and the overall connection they had. Although this is insta-love, it didn't really feel like it. I'm not bothered either way, but for some, that can be a major
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most well written MM stories I’ve read in a long time.

Christopher Hayes is a semi-closeted San Diego detective whose past is slowly revealed, and it explains who he is and why he does what he does throughout the story. His straight best friend and partner on the force is Ray Delgado. Christopher has crushed on Ray for years, but knowing that nothing will ever come of it, he never acts on his feelings. But Ray has secrets of his own and they are slowly revealed as well.

Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Caroline
This book was suspenseful. I knew there would be a HEA/HFN, but unraveling the mystery kept me glued to my kindle.

Detective Christopher Hayes of the San Diego PD was recovering from a gunshot wound when he got news that his brother was dead. As the next of kin, Hayes travelled to Montana to make the necessary arrangements to bury his brother. There he meets a local officer named Doug Heavy Runner, and the two of them connected immediately. The only problem was that Heavy Runner is still in the
This was a very enjoyable mystery and romance book from an author I’ve never read before. There’s a lot going on in the past with both of the main characters, as well as racial tensions in a small town, murder, abuse, a potential love triangle, familial problems, and all the turmoil of emotions that come from these events.

San Diego Detective Christopher Hayes is having a rough time recovering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder after chasing a criminal with the partner he believes he’s been in
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Second read, dates above for MMRG Ultimate Challenge February 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018,

February/March Bonus "State" Challenge, 1st trip, Montana

First read May 8, 2015 - May 12, 2015

I love, loved, loved this book!!! Can you tell I loved this book?

The two MCs were not that emotional or aaangsty as one can find with some MM MCs as far as Doug and Christopher were concerned.

They were low-key with each other because they kept reiterating that their association was casual recreational hot sex
Why did I think this was a shifter book? Why didn't I know it was part of a series, despite owning the other two books in the series? Should I be concerned about my mental health? Let's not get carried away and just move on like nothing's happened.

A.J. Thomas is a 'new to me' author, but I can see why, probably in some Dreamspinner sale, I bought their books. These are mystery/suspense police procedurals, my go to trope in books or movies and, on the strength of this first installment, well
Smith Barney
Great minor crime thriller that's dialogue-driven and character fleshed. But-I reeeeeeally..really wanted Ray and Christopher to hook the chemistry between them was sooo there..and I totally failed to feel it between him and Doug..and unfortunately this affected my rating and inspiration for a man-loving gif.

P.S. Oh yeah and I'm so f'ing sick of these regurgitated cover dudes. We need like some law enacted preventing the same cover photos from being used more
Cute book.
Few spoilers, maybe.

I enjoyed it a lot at the beginning, but I'm not sure if it was worthwhile in the end.
There was a lot. I felt like this book had so many words for content that didn't need it. Maybe could've done with 50 fewer pages.
Liked Christopher. Didn't really care for Doug. Didn't really care for the insta-love happening. After 3 weeks of knowing each other, 1 of which Christopher is hospitalized and unconscious, the L-bomb is dropped. Ray turned out to be my favorite, at

I went into this read expecting something tremendously dark with characters carrying the weight of the world on their backs. That's not what this ended up being. Dark things are dealt with, both emotional and situational but in a light way. Not humourously but in a way that skirted the heavy issues and touched on them only in a very detached and analytical way.

There's a lot of horror going on here. Child abuse, child porn, shootings, suicide, murder and mayhem but I never really felt more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent mystery/romance with two well written, damaged main characters. Doug and Christopher both have emotional baggage from difficult pasts including abuse and discrimination. The story takes place over the course of a few weeks and is very much plot driven. I thought the two main characters had good chemistry and fit well together.

Christopher's partner Ray is quite the intriguing character as well and looks like he has a story that would make for a good sequel. Considering the HFN ending I
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish this. My Kindle died, so I read the last 20% on my phone. "Nuff said.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Casual Weekend Thing

I certainly took pleasure in this story. This is a new author to me, but I will for sure read another books in this series.

Christopher and Doug are such remarkable characters. They are marvellous characters on their own but together they make an amazing couple. They both have their distinctive features that make them unique. I wish to know even more about them. And, of course, they are both extremely tortured heroes.

But the good thing is that the story doesn’t focus on that (except for this part
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This had the potential to be a very good and a very entertaining book. Aaaaaand for most of the time it is exactly that.

It has two sexy MCs – one of them is really a funny, sarcastic and snarky guy, at least most of the time. The other is a complex “down to the earth”-kind of guy. Good.
And their chemistry is also good. I really liked how they slipped, without even noticing for themselves, into a friendship and familiarity, too. That was really well done.

It has a crime that is not the main
How this book managed to get that many high ratings? -Yeah. No idea whatsoever..

The MCs, I give them that, wanted for all intents and purposes to seem like they were these 3-dimensional, almost jumping-out-of-the-page, intriguing guys, coming to life in front of the readers eyes.

But I never quite bought it. It just wasn't there, was simply missing.
Merely telling the reader that a character is flawed, kind of damaged and has major issues... well, even I can do that. It's not enough.
The art is to
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done, ebook, romance, gay, mystery, 2013
3.5 stars. Good m/m romantic suspense about a San Diego cop who's on injured reserve when he has to go to Montana to deal with his estranged brother's death. The characters were enjoyably complex and nearly made up for a few, relatively minor, rough spots in the plot and writing.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantica-m-m, 2013
Buddy read with V <3

I liked the characters and the story but I'm not sure I liked the writing style.

Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-crime, lgbtq
WOW this was great !!! I love a good cop / crime mystery and throw in two wounded and vulnerable cops with issues and you’ve got a heart melter on your hands. Christopher finds out his estranged brother has committed suicide and is called to a remote town miles away from anything to come and collect the body. Before he hits the town he stops for the night at a discrete gay bar and meets Doug. They have a wild night, amazing connection but both Ho their own way the day after. Little do they know ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

I really was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. The plot was extremely interesting, the characters were not only believable but also likeable and easy to relate to. I didn’t like how the author telegraphed who the villain was but aside from that I thought the book was very interesting and entertaining.
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
Great debut novel by this new author. She has worked in law enforcement previously so I felt that the the mystery and police work described on this book were pretty solid. I also enjoyed the mystery. The way she wrote it, it was not a dead giveaway. I don't think I had it figured out until half way through the book. So it was not utterly obvious and she did a great job at giving hints and throwing red herrings in there.

This book may be a difficult read for some. The book deals with child abuse
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, set-in-montana, 2013
holy fudge! the salish-kootenai Indian reservation?? I don't need to read the rest of the blurb. I'll read this book because that's where I grew up!!

edit after reading:

2.5 stars. ultimately I did not enjoy this book and I think it's because it was just too dreary. I wouldn't call it angsty, but there was no joy in this book. no fun, no humor... or at least very little, and that's just not what I'm looking for in m/m these days.

In addition, there were some"first book" issues with pacing (soooooo
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to ❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧ by: Khaoula
The Book an My Thoughts



The couple.....

No, just no.....

Doug and Christopher...together the chemistry was a wee bit off, I was hoping for Ray :-(

The flow of this book, was great , and the writing style it was pretty good, but, the storyline had a few dry spots, yet, somehow I found spots that I fell into this book, some of it predicable and some not.


I found some diversity in this book, and I love that. But, within the
Kade Boehme
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent excellent excellent! Subject matter may not be for the faint of heart tho. No fluff here at all, man but it's seriously one of my favorite random finds in a long time. Altho the end... Maybe there should hav been an epilogue. The HFN felt a bit like a let down after all the suffering in the story but I feel it'd be selling out to write a sequel. An epi would have fit perfectly here. Either way... Amazing work!
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A.J. Thomas writes romantic suspense. She’s earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Montana and worked in a half-dozen different jobs from law enforcement officer to librarian before settling down. Life as a military spouse has tossed her around the country so many times she doesn’t know how to answer when people ask her where she’s from, but she delights in living as a ...more

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