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Ride Along

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and
ebook, 122 pages
Published June 14th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Tag Team Review w/ Sara release day!

3.5 - 3.75 HEARTS

"I expect to test out the claim on your shirt too. Just so you know."

Did you read that blurb? It has all the fixings for an incredible ride, am I right?

Ginger MC meets hot police officer while wearing the fabulous shirt above and magic happens? Sounds like a good set up but also the start of a one shot scene.

Not the case in Ride Along from Dreamspinner Press's States of Love collection. There's an actually story behind the setup, wi
3.5 stars

I read Meghan Maslow’s shifter short story, A Cobra's Charm, a while ago and I enjoyed it, so I took a chance to request this latest one from her. For the most part, I enjoyed it… While some things moved a bit too fast for my liking, I thought the conversations, the banter, and most definitely the characters (including Drew’s sometimes-meddling-family) made up for it…

Drew is a writer with a case of writer’s block. So he signs up for Author’s Police Institute of Maryland conference to le
BWT (Belen)
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Told from closeted cop Joao "Josh" de Oliveira and writer Drew Nolan's points of view this was a really enjoyable weekend read.

Enough realistic moments that it didn't require a whole lot of suspension of disbelief to get through, this had some humor as well as some heat.
“If you’re not interested, you can just say—”
“Who says I’m not interested?”
“Arrrg! Do you ever just answer a damn question? I’m asking whether you’d like to come back to my room after the shift and scrump like wild weasels in he
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Reading the backlist of this author. This is a pretty great novella! It's hard to create a good story and character arc in a novella, but this story feels pretty complete. It was also interesting, well told, and heart warming in place. The heat is pretty low on this one, but it a nice read overall. :)
3.5 Hearts

A Tag Team Review with SRAL!

Told from the dual POV’s of our MC’s, we meet Drew Nolan as he is attending a writer’s conference, the Author’s Police Institute, to do research for his next book. After winning the prestigious Edgar Award for his first novel, there is a bit of pressure from his agent and publisher for this next book to be great. While at the conference, he spots a tall drink of water who just happens to be a cop and who just happens to want nothing to do with Drew or
Serena Yates
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2017
Writers will do all kinds of things to get over writer’s block and/or get their novels finished – especially under threat of a deadline – and this story is about one of the crazier methods I have heard about. The two fascinating main characters who seem to have absolutely nothing in common – other than a simmering attraction from the moment they lay eyes on each other – go from animosity to desire in a heartbeat. Better than that, they discover they could actually be good for each other… if they ...more
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
True rating ... 4.25 beautiful stars :-D!!!
Joyfully Jay
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Ride Along was a good little beach read. Just enough angst to tug at the heart strings, but not so dark as to leave you wanting to break down in tears. The relationship between Josh and Drew is sweet and generally straightforward. It starts with a bit of enemies to lovers and these two men struggle with communication issues throughout the book, but they fit well together. Neither character is as developed as I would like, but we are given a fair amount of backsto
Heather Martin
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Drew is a mystery writer from a very involved, but not necessarily supportive family. They loved him and supported him, except when it came to his writing. They dismissed his accomplishments, and I found interactions with them to be annoying instead of loving. Drew has hit a writer's block with his newest manuscript and is attending a conference that
Rachael Orman
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I have to say that I absolutely loved that one of the main characters was so different than most. Red hair, lip ring, loud and proud. Drew was just awesome. Meanwhile, Officer Hot Stuff was super sexy (who doesn't love a cop that fills out his uniform?) but he is dealing with some very heavy stuff that really made me feel so bad for him.

There were a few characters in this book that I just hated and every time they entered a
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, mm, dsp
I was looking for a light and fun read when I open this book, and I had what I wanted.
This is a lust/love at first sight, I didn't mind at all. Because Drew and Josh are both enjoyable.
With a little baggage from the past, fast pace, loving family (Drew's), nosy friend and some jerk who's threatened Josh for what he did in the past, this one was quite a catch for me.
I liked Laura, Drew's new BFF. If not for her, probably these guys will never made it to the end. Just saying. So yeah, Laura is kin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabookclub
4/5 for Ride Along - This was short and sweet with no complications and lots of fluffy feelings.

I read the blurb for this book and it was love at first sentence. Cute writer dude meets sexy as all get-out police officer wearing a shirt that says I would bottom you so hard. Yeah, count me in for this one. I knew that I had to read it, I just didn't know I was going to like it this much. Drew was my little baby. He was quirky, weird, and a little bit nerdy in all the right ways, but he was also go
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2017-dr
It didn't take me long to know I was going to really enjoy this story. I found Drew to be like sunshine. Him being a ginger only added to my happiness. He felt like one of my people with his attitude, outlook, and personality. It starts with his POV and I think that helped in me falling into this book. He's at a convention and hoping for a ride along with a police officer to help him out of his writer's block for a new book. Enter Josh.

The first impression of Josh is not a good one, people. I wa
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
3.5 Stars

Josh and Drew meet when Drew, a writer, wins a ride along with Baltimore Police Department that's conducted by Officer Josh de Olivera. It's lust at first sight for both men, but a closeted Josh is rude and unresponsive to Drew's attempts to make conversation. As the ride progresses, Josh lets his guard down and they begin to talk, eventually this leads to a night of smoking hot sex, but is Drew ready to be Josh's dirty little secret?

I loved Drew. He was sweet and funny and I'll be ho
Nat ReadingAllNite
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meghan Maslow is a new-to-me author and I'll be looking for her again. This was a likable and interesting story, about a mystery writer, Drew, and Josh/Joao, the cop he wins a ride-along with at a writer’s convention. Dreadlocked, ginger-haired, adorable Drew and an irritable, possibly homophobic, drop-dead gorgeous Josh, get a bad first impression of each other that slowly shifts over the course of the day and by that evening, they're tearing up the sheets! Not abruptly, since the author uses t ...more
Really good. Josh and Drew are such a good couple. They complement each other’s strengths, and support the other when they are having a hard time. I liked that everything wasn’t miraculously resolved by the end. There were still some hurts and issues, they were acknowledged but weren’t stopping them from achieving their HEA. This book really worked for me.

Bought from dreamspinner
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure right up front…I’m not even gonna lie. I picked this one up because of the cover. What? Did you see that guy? That cover is smokin’ hot. Ok, I also thought the blurb was good, and I’ve been really enjoying the States of Love series. So, my reasons were maybe not all that shallow. But, the cover definitely didn’t hurt. 😉 Ride Along was the first story I’ve read by Meghan Maslow (I believe it’s only her second published story, the first being a short story in a Dreamspinner antholo ...more
Jessie G.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: meghan-maslow
A mystery writer in need of inspiration, a cop in need of ... well the list is long, and this book started out promising. Drew has signed up for a conference in the hopes of gaining some much needed inspiration for his second book. His first won him awards and fans but, if he can't follow it up, what is he? Mostly ignored by the officers that are there for that whole purpose, he doesn't get what he needs until he's chosen for a ride along. With the cop that was rude to him. That he thought was h ...more
Liz (Bugetta)
This was really good! I loved Meghan Maslow’s book By Fairy Means or Foul so I wanted to see what else she’d written. Sad for us she has a very small back list but quality is better than quantity and this is a really well written book. The characters were interesting and multidimensional. The romance was well developed— definitely no instalove here! It was funny and there was some angst and family drama all packed into a novella. I hope she writes more contemporary romances in addition to her fa ...more
Natosha Wilson
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a good read about finding the person that helps to make you feel secure enough to be who you are even if others don't like it.

When Drew won a ride along with a police officer he never expected it to change his life and Josh never expected that the guy that looked more like a crimp then a mystery writer to be the man he could feel comfortable enough it to open up about his past and to finally come out of he closet for.

Things with Drew and Josh was not always easy. From the first moment t
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Stars

This was a “meh” read for me. Though I enjoyed the over all story-line I found myself skimming quite often to get to the “good parts.”

Drew is a writer working on a mystery and when he gets writers block he decides to sign up for a police conference to get the creative juices flowing. Drew is openly gay and even wears a suggestive T-shirt to the conference. Then you have Officer Josh de Olivieria, who is so deep in the closet he comes off as rude to Drew when they first meet as he’s trying
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

For the Full review visit on 6/14

From that review: " I couldn't tell until I really got into this story that the author has to be either from or living in my area where the story is located.  I mean how many people know Greenbelt that intimately? Hell, how many people have even heard of Greenbelt outside of here? And the places in Baltimore? She has it all right down to the food (G&M crab cakes) and th
Lois - Who Reads
Josh is deep in the closet, disliked by other cops because he did the right thing and testified against a crooked copy, demoted from detective to traffic cop and now stuck at this writer's conference. Stuck at this writer's conference with one of the most stunning men he has ever seen; and the cherry on this sundae is that he now has to give the stunning man a “ride along with a cop” experience.

Drew is excited about winning the ride along, until he sees who he will be riding with. Once they are
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5* A nice little story about a copy who after turning in his dirty partner (in all senses) faces the wrath of the blue brotherhood and the flamboyant author who goes for a ride-along. Things get off to rough start but once they get past that it's pretty much them getting together and Drew dealing with his overprotective family, which I thought was kind of OTT, I was glad that Josh supported Drew and didn't try to justify the family's reactions. Of course Josh had to face the harassment he was ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. For a short story I thought this book actually contained quite a bit. It had a good plot with lots of issues (although we didn't have time to get in depth with them), MC's I liked and interesting although not always likable secondary characters. I thought for such a short book we got to see quite a bit of character growth and although I thought the relationship went a bit fast it wasn't insta love. I did really enjoy the way they both had preconceived ideas about each other that turne ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, and the fact that it was set in 'Bawlmer', (an hour away and where my other half is from), made it all the funnier! I loved the humour/banter between Joao (Josh) and Drew. The story is not all sweetness and light, but the situations are handled well and are integral to what makes the men tick.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't like the insta-lust and insta-relationship, and I also didn't like the corrupted and bullying cops. It's also hard for me to tell Drew and Josh apart. The only thing I liked was Drew's family, even if they're quite annoying sometimes.
Jules Lovestoread
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this! Drew was fanastic, and I adored Josh as well. <3 Full review coming to
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wish there had been a wrap up of Josh's problems, felt like it was just swept under the rug.
3.5 stars
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MEGHAN MASLOW is truly a rare breed. No, not a unicorn (although that would be sooo cool). She’s a—gasp!—extroverted writer.

She believes that life is meant to be lived. Preferably with lots of people around. Every day is an adventure, or should be. She’s spent a large portion of her life working and living in various countries in Africa. She’s multitalented, having perfected the art of eavesdroppi
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