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Jack: Grime and Punishment

(The Brothers Grime #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  170 reviews
The Brothers Grime is Jack Masterson's way of helping people in crisis after disability ends his career as a firefighter. Jack's people get to a scene long after the physical trauma ends. They don't solve crime or rescue the victims. They help people move on. The new job is all Jack wants or needs, until he gets the call about old flame Nick Foasberg's suicide.

Ryan Hallora
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 166 pages
Published November 2013 by Loose Id LLC (first published 2013)
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May 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was…ok. I liked was fine.

Original in its background about a team of crime-scene cleaners (ewww…), the rest was fairly generic.

Sweet coupling of a former firefighter, injured on the job, and a nurse, he meets via the tragic death of his high school lover (PS- the nurse is the cousin of the lover and looks just like him…not a spoiler)

Throw in a closeted cop.
Parents who’ve disowned their son for being gay.
A few drunk dials.
Some misunderstandings and angst.
A quirky buddy and a cat.
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
First of all I am (usually) a fan of ZAM's books so I didn't let the lack of a clear blurb deter me from reading this one, second Loose ID is very careful with this blurb to actually say a lot but tell you almost nothing, so I went in with very little idea what it was about.
The setting/occupation that Jack has is interesting and definitely different from the usual ones, I liked it.
Jack has baggage, he gave up his dream job because of an accident on the job that took a lot of his mobility, but he
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.75 stars**

I think Z.A. Maxfield did a very nice job with this book. Points for originality with Jack's job- I have never read a book about crime-scene cleaners before!

This is my second full-length Z.A. Maxfield book and I liked this much more than Crossing Borders.

What did I love about the book? Aside from the crime scene cleanup stuff (which I found fascinating, I never think about who cleans up after someone dies. It is really expensive!!), I think the chemistry between Jack and Ryan was
I enjoyed this just as much the second time around. Z.A offered up a story with a profession that I’ve never read in m/m before and it just makes it so interesting, and plus I really enjoy the authors writing.

The Story: 4 Pants Off

Jack is one of the owners in The Brothers Grime, a crime scene clean up service. Once a firefighter, an accident left him unable to continue the job of his heart but was able to find another way to help others. One wouldn’t think about what happens after the cops lea
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read as part of a buddy read in May 2013.

First off, I am a huge fan of the super-talented Z.A. Maxfield. Every book I have ever read of her's has been either a 4 or 5 star rating and her fabulous The Long Way Home is on my favorites list. She does hurt/healing/comfort, a favorite genre of mine, especially well. That being said, Grime and Punishment did not meet the standards I am used to from a Z.A. Maxfield book. I did not dislike the book, but I also did not like it and if this book is the beg
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 20% of this book had me a bit confused, introducing characters at a rapid rate and delving into the world of crime scene clean up. But as Jack's company's logo says "Life is not a fairytale." I guess I was a little surprised at the depth of information provided (not for the squeamish but if you can stand watching CSI you should be ok!).

By this point of the book I would also expect to have a clear understanding of the two main characters and started to see them interacting. However at
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Written September 29, 2013

3.5 Stars - a sweet novel with a serious topic as both touched and amused.

This is a new author for me and it was a nice opportunity to get the chance to read this rather short M/M novel (166 pages) for an honest review provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

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I LIKE - sweet with seriousness and important issues


It was of course my thought that I would write an ARC review but there was never any written....
This book was a real change of pace from the usual ZAM book, it had a very sedate morose tone and (at least to me) a very very strong noirish feel, in the beginning, but what made me love this story was how it developed, as the characters began to change, the tone of the book changed too. This book is not one to be rushed, I took my time with it, and I feel that it made a difference in appreciating the story. I really was comfortable where I went with Jack and Ryan...This story really got to me, ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mm, kindle-archive
I received a copy of this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this. The writing is sharp, and witty, and the plot well developed, and compelling. I liked the idea of the crime clean up company, and I'm glad that the author didn't spare any of the gritty details. Be forewarned if you are a sensitive person there is copious amounts of blood, and gore in this story. Jack does run a crime scene clean up company, and more than one scene is described in pret
Kaje Harper
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This story gives us a strong but damaged MC in Jack, ex-firefighter and current crime-scene cleaner. There was a certain resonance in having a guy who liked to help others and had a thing for adrenaline, and a strong stomach, taking on crime scenes when he was injured out of his first-love-job.

Jack has had horrible luck, because the physical injuries that forced him to give up the job he loved are a mirror for the emotional injuries that years earlier killed his relationship with his first love
DNF at ~50%

The two protagonists, Jack and Ryan, met each other after Nick (who happened to be Jack's high school love and Ryan's cousin), took his own life in Ryan's bathroom.

So the premise was interesting at first glance, but too soon it became trite.

And I couldn't get past how both heroes kept blaming Nick for his own suicide. The guy was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who blew his head off in what sounded too much like a classic case of making an effort to get clean and thus becomin
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a surprise! I knew very little about this book before I started, but I found that I enjoyed it quite a lot. It had a really interesting storyline and some hot mm lovin’!

Jack Masterson is a former firefighter whose career was cut short after an on-the-job fall left him with an artificial knee and chronic pain. He now runs a crime scene clean-up company, The Brothers Grime, with his cousin Gabe and their friend Eddie.

He receives a tip about a job from Detective Dave, his very much in-the-clo
I must say that ZA Maxfield is becoming more and more an auto buy for me. I was little weary at first that there was going to be a lot of descriptive gore and stuff considering Jack's occupation, but that wasn't the case. I don't think I have read any other books that have crimes scene cleaners in them, so that made this different from the get go. While things happened really fast between Jack and Ryan, it didn't feel like an insta love story, more of a story of waking up and getting on with yo ...more
Experiment BL626
Beyond the premise of crime scene cleaners nothing appealed to me, including the smut. I couldn’t connect with the couple. I wished both men did more to work out their personal issues instead of wallowing in guilt, pity, and all that woe-is-me crap.

Both men never really recognized that their friends with benefits did them more harm than good, that they were trying to replace true intimacy with meaningless sex. When the growing relationship between Jack and Ryan took a turn for the physical, I t
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angsty, crimey, hot, sad, twisty, series
Very much enjoyed this well written tight story involving two MCs finding each other while trying to deal with a suicide relative/ex-lover.

The timeline is quite short, but it makes sense in this grief-stricken environment. As readers we face a quandary with Nick - sadness & horror that his life came to this tragic end, but anger when faced with his actions towards both Jack and Ryan.

I liked everything about this - the narrative, all the people and the cat.

Jess Candela
The career and meet-cute situation in this were both unusual, and I enjoyed that despite being pretty squeamish. I especially thought the explanation for why Jack became a crime-scene cleaner made a lot of sense and fit well with his character.

The humor was great, and I laughed out loud several times. I also really liked Ryan and Jack a lot, individually and as a couple. But while I understand that the situation could create a certain intensity, I wasn't thrilled with how quickly they got so ser
Jack Masterson is one of the owners of Brothers Grime, a crime scene cleaning company. A former firefighter who suffered a career ending injury on the job, he sees this as his way to continue helping people through a traumatic time. Jack bears the scars of that injury, but is also deeply scarred by a brutal betrayal by his former best friend and first love Nick 15 years earlier. He has never gotten over Nick and has never revealed Nick’s secrets. The closest he has been with anyone since is with ...more
4.0 Stars

Jack Masterson is the owner of The Brothers Grime, a bio-hazard cleaning company. Jack is a former fire fighter whose career was ended by a disability. One day, Jack gets a call to clean up a suicide scene of an old flame, Nick Foasberg. Ryan Halloran is Nick's cousin. Nick had been on a downhill slide for a while, despite Ryan's attempts to help him. Ryan knows very little about what happened between Nick and Jack in high school but he realizes that he and Jack both need closure. Jack
May 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, scarred-hero
This was okay. Nothing wrong with it, I'm just ... underwhelmed. It's easy reading, some humour, some smutt, a wounded hero, a broken heart. Singular straight forward plot line. *sigh* Yup, it's just one those, manufactured same old - same old; generic characters - nothing to see here ... keep moving thanks very much.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

It's another swipe at the Tower of TBR thanks to the world of audio books...

I've wanted to read these books for ages now. I'm totally a fan of Z.A. Maxfield and while I haven't read all of her books I'm working on it and I've wanted to read this one for quite a while now. So while I still love to read my books like most things I have come to realize that audio books have a place in my reading routines.

'Jack: Grime and Punis
⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
3.9 Stars

While I loved the detailed descriptions of crime-scene cleanup and the industry as a whole (I'm weird like that), I felt like sometimes it overshadowed the romance. And it took so long for the romance to kick-start that by the time things are getting good there's a dramatic scene that separates them for a while. Then it ends right when the MCs are getting back together.

IDK, I still liked the emotional content...the message. I'll definitely pick up the next one at some point...
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.5 stars

Everyone give a Hell Yeah! for a new ZAM book!

ZA Maxfield is one of those unspoken authors that just naturally seems to go onto my Classic Great M/M Romance Authors list, and I think that this book is a good illustration of why she deserves that spot. I read a lot of likable m/m romances, but it takes a little something extra to sink into the story. The more of this genre that I've read I've realized how that has less to do with how much I like a plo
S.E. Jakes
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously love watching an author excel at the whole keeping secrets thing. It's a hard balance, letting the reader in and having a character not know and still keeping the reader on the edge of her seat going, "OMG - but the secret..." This is where I find myself - on the edge of my seat. Loving it so far...


Loved it. Angst galore. I feel like there could easily be a prequel here. Or a series. <---ZA Maxfield I hope you're listening to me.
Ije the Devourer of Books
ZA Maxfield has a way of writing stories that are very comforting. Even the angst in the stories is comforting and I enjoy her writing. I really liked this story. It doesnt have a lot of razzmatazz. It is a quiet story of a man coming to terms with hurts from his past and a severe injury. A tragedy occurs to the person who hurt and betrayed him in the past and this tragedy brings Jack in contact with Ryan, but Ryan is related to the person who hurt Jack in the past. The story tells how Jack move ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng, erotica-contemp
Entertaining, black humor read with some serious heartbreak.

Jack, a forced retirement firefighter and now business owner, soldiers on with some days better than others thanks to the constant reminder of two separate events which catastrophically changed his life.

Ryan is a joybringer even during dark times, and that's here and now. Absolutely adored his test: the first date playlist game. Hysterical, sneaky and actually, brilliant. I plan on using it as a litmus test in the future. I'll also go
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Very good story with some excellent unique characteristics. You have a job that is not like anything else I've ever read (crime scene cleaners). You've got a topic that often comes with some pretty severe heartbreak (suicide). Then you have You have an ending that is not a (view spoiler)

Loved Jack and Ryan and the entire cast. Loved the cat. Super enjoyed the business and the way the guys acted around each other. They seemed like guys not like girls - including the
Great start to a series! How did I miss this one? So glad I found it on audio.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This story, from one of my favorite authors, was a definite departure from her others. It was fairly sad and depressing from the start when we meet Jack Masterson, one of the founders of the Brothers Grime, a crime scene clean-up company. Jack is a former firefighter who was badly injured on the job several years prior. He founded this company with his cousin, Gabe, and their friend, Eddie, when he could no longer work in his chosen profession.

As the story opens, Jack’s sex buddy Dave, who happe
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