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The Long Con

(Dangerous Affairs #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  56 reviews
British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.

While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley's sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terr
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Published May 20th 2018 (first published April 17th 2012)
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Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Enjoyable if you are looking for an easy read some D/s kink throw in...

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Nathaniel Brady is an agent for the Serious Organised Crime Agency and when his Grandmothers priceless Faberge egg is stolen he vows to find the thieves. His search takes him to New York where he is recruited by a con team to play the lure in an elaborate sting to sell a fake Faberge egg, which is in fact the real egg. The mark is the very dangerous Anthony Terranova the son of a mafia boss… only Bradley is not prepared f
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

I went on an interesting journey with this book. I started out hating it. The writing is on the simple side and is just flat out bad at times so when the book began I immediately wanted to put it down. I thought to myself, "okay, just stick with it, I'm sure things will improve." When Bradley and Tony first meet there was a very strange leap out of nowhere into BDSM that just didn't work for me... but I decided to forage ahead. And honestly, I'm glad that I did.

The main issue with t
Experiment BL626
The Long Con had smut, and I love smut. I liked its BDSM-lightness, meaning there was one BDSM-y sex scene. I liked the dirty talk; it’s a small shame there wasn’t more of it. I liked how insatiable of a bottom Tony was and how eager Nate was to satisfy Tony. On top of the yummy smut, the book actually had a decent plot and a good twist so it wasn't just a PWP. I should have been a happy camper, but I wasn't. I couldn't bring myself to fully enjoy the story, and I felt annoyingly nitpicky.

When i
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Good m/m romantic suspense about a British agent who tracks a stolen Faberge egg to New York City, where he's mistaken for a prostitute and uses that to his investigative advantage. This book had a somewhat over-the-top old-school romance feel to it; while that's not usually my forte, it mostly worked here and I got sucked into the story.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mm
3.5 stars

This first quarter of this book was very confusing for me. I really had to concentrate on following who was who, who was conning who, and what the cons all even were. Everyone seemed to be conning someone else, and even the conmen were being conned. I decided to not worry about it and just wait for things to become clearer later on, which they pretty much did.

Everything centers around this Faberge Egg, which belonged to but was stolen from Nathaniel Bradley's aunt. Nathaniel is a UK cit
The story is pretty over-the-top, a British SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) agent, Nathaniel Bradley, suddenly posed as prostitute to help a group of con artists (I don't think a group of established con artists suddenly believe a stranger, from Britain, that quick to be part of their conning plan that quick, yes?!) to seduce a mafia son.

There is insta-love with a number of sex scenes with a touch of D/s (the sex scenes bore me after awhile, though, because it's just slightly tad too much
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this from The Sweet Spot monthly contest and Ms. Toland was very sweet and prompt in getting me the e-book. I am sorry to say that this one just didn't work for me.

The concept was great but I think this book needs a good editor. I often found myself confused about what was going on and who was involved. Plus the con was hardly part of the story; it would come and go from the book, not a good thing for a book called The Long Con.

The connection (insta-love) between the MCs was too quick an
Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire...

There's something for everyone in this clever romantic suspense story. Nathaniel Bradley is a gorgeous British agent who's grandmother was just robbed. The only thing taken in the robbery was one of the lost Faberge eggs so it is thought to be an art theft. Bradley travels to the U.S. and infiltrates a ring of con men by posing as a hustler. The con is supposed to be an easy one with Bradley seducing the heir apparent of a mafia fami
Angela Bee Bee
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Loved this one. Its a bit short but very sweet and sexy. I could feel the intensity between them in the sex scenes, it was emotional and interesting. One thing, don't promise me a silver cock ring and not deliver.
They talk alot about bdsm, but dont actually do much more than a spanking and a little bondage with his's ok though, i was comfortable with the kink level.
Loved the way they took turns caring for each other, being dominant. Love It when a man ties a tie for another.
I liked how
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, lmao-what
The exposition was so skirted over that I am entirely uncertain what exactly was happening. Who was working for whom for what against which side? Hey, you! Yeah, I know you want to skip to the sex, but can't you just pause one moment to expl-
Fine. Fine. Just keep fucking. *throws hands up in the air in exasperation*

And of course, random sex is magical best sex he's ever had.
*snickers* That's already been done before.

I'm just highly annoyed that I have no idea what's going on. Of course,
The Long Con from the blurb sounded like a delightfully wicked novel with Agent Bradley pulling an undercover job on a very dangerous criminal. Unfortunately, the novel became so convoluted with whom was conning whom that it lost some of its charm and mystery, as I kept trying to keep track of who was the good guy and who was the bad guy.

Nathaniel Bradley is an agent with a organized task force in England. When his step-grandmother’s priceless Faberge egg is stolen, he makes it his mission to re
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed some m/m loving this didn't dissapoint - it was hot.

The is a story about a missing Russian heirloom, which soca agent Bradley is investigating (the egg was his grandmothers), he has to get in with a terranova, a family known for being in the mafia. Did I mention both Bradley and Tony are gorgeous male specimens any women would jump!!

Bradley has to seduce Tony to get in with him, which he has no problem with as hs instantly attracted to him. Strange things happen when ŷou get c
Feb 28, 2013 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, arc
Shallow plot with wooden characters who meet at a party, and have bathroom sex. Our main character talks to the mafia heir for something like 5 minutes before he knows the heir is a bottom, and starts calling him things like "little bitch", "whore", and "cock slut". The writing is awkward, and I felt disconnected from the characters and events. I would have preferred more development of the mystery, and characters, but it seems like that was all a front for some "kinky" sex which felt forced, an ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so fun and you read and enjoy it and hope there's a sequel because the two of them, Bradley and Tony, could have so many more adventures together. The faith at the end, the yes, let's jump in together, is my favorite kind.
This was too 'porny' for me. There were too many declarations of love, too many 'let's fuck for the last time', too many events that fell into place too easily. It was just all too much really.

I felt besieged by cliche, melodrama and unrealistic angst.
Smith Barney
Conned to 22% which lasted through the best material of just one great bathroom scene before it all starts running off the tracks.

Nathaniel Bradley is a British agent who takes it upon himself to locate and retrieve a stolen family heirloom. After several months, Nate tracks the priceless Faberge egg to New York where he believes a group of criminals are in possession of it and are moving to try and sell it. Taking on the persona of a male prostitute he hopes to infiltrate the con ring, seduce the mark, and somehow steal back the egg and return it to its rightful owner.

Tony Terranov
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Con Lori Toland

I received this via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I don't gush and give false praise – I don't believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.

Nathaniel Bradley (Bradley )is a British Agent seeking to recover a stolen Fabergé egg. Its actually been stolen from his grandmother. In order to infiltrate the gang seeking to sell it on to an unsuspecting collector he has to pose as a high priced prostitute. Once in the gang
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Stacey Jo: Nathaniel Bradley is called to his grandparent’s house whengrandmother’s priceless Faberge egg is stolen. Nathanial, or Bradley, as he goes by, works for the British branch of SOCA “Serious Organized Crime Agency”.He ends up tracking the family heirloom to a group of con artists in New York and works his way into a group of con artists. They’re wanting to sell the egg to Tony Terra nova, Jr., an arts collector and the son of one of one of the large stand most notorious maf ...more
I love those suspenseful stories surrounding jewel heists and expert con jobs so when I saw this one I just had to give it a try. I ended up really enjoying this story.

The story opens when a Faberge egg is stolen from Nate Bradley's Russian step-grandmother. It has family sentimental value and he promises to do what he can to get it back. It is not a hollow promise because his job as an agent for one of the government agencies gives him experience in tracking this art crime.

Bradley takes leave f
Thomaidha Papa
Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

My impressions on this book varies from loved it to oh my God kill me now.

The action plot here was quite interesting, the pace set was my favorite, the intensity the story managed to grip me with was breathtaking and I managed to devour the book in only some short hours. The erotic factor was mouthwatering and the erotic scenes (which were plenty, and I mean plenty) were pretty brilliant. The author has a knack of maki
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it summer yet, because this book is one heckuva steamy read! When two men full of secrets connect, a story with a bit of mystery and an intriguing secondary character, make for a memorable read that I'd like to see expanded.

Nate, through family obligations, ends up undercover in America looking for a stolen family heirloom and ends up in the middle of an intense game of cloak and daggers where nobody is who they seem. Nate's lived a rather by the book life never making close connections since
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KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

The Long Con is the first book I read by Lori Toland, and I have to so yet again I have found another great author to go soak up!! This book held me hostage!! I couldn’t sleep till I finished it and these two got there HEA!!!

British Agent Nathaniel Bradley gets a phone call from his grandfather that scares the life out of him. He races to his house thinking he will be going to the hospital to see about the only grandmother he has ever known, but when he ge
Annette Gisby
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I liked this book, but I really wanted to love it. It sounded right up my alley, some hot m/m loving along with an action/suspense plot. I loved the two leads, Nathan Bradley and Tony Terranova, both came to life on the page and you wanted them to get a happy ending, despite everything.

The writing is good, the plot is enthralling but there were some niggles which jarred me out of the story. Bradley is as British as British can be yet he used words like sidewalk instead
Lucy Felthouse
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Article first published as eBook Review: The Long Con by Lori Toland on Blogcritics.

The Long Con by Lori Toland is a m/m erotic romance. It tells the story of British Agent Nathaniel Bradley. He's tasked with retrieving a stolen Faberge egg, which is priceless, and also belongs to his grandfather's wife, giving him a personal connection to the case. After tracking the stolen goods all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the
Crystal Marie
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finding out that a priceless family heirloom, a jeweled egg, was stolen Nathaniel did the one thing he knew that he could do. Using his government job, he searched high and low to find the thief’s. Exhausting all the leads in the UK, it seemed that fate was on his side when the egg turned up on the US black market. Taking a leave from his job, he crosses the ocean in hopes of finding the egg, by any means necessary.
What could have ended up horribly, helped give him an easy access to the
Mary Davis
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gay Romance Readers
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B&N Synopsis:

"British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.

While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley's sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr, the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradle
I'm going to withhold my star rating on this one ... if Goodreads didn't base their star ratings on 'enjoyment' it would probably be a ★★★☆ to ★★★★ for quality of writing etc BUT I just couldn't get into the book at all ... I'll probably re-read it at a later date because I usually really enjoy these sorts of books but perhaps it isn't the ideal book to pick up & try to read when you've had less than 4 hours sleep & half the fucking neighbourhood seems to be playing xbox in your lounge room ... ...more
I received a review copy of this book through Net Galley.

A very enjoyable little read! A lot of the book's plot falls into the zone of romance novel tropes -- secret identities, bad guys who are really good guys, spies, etc., but I don't think the acknowledgement of this deterred from my enjoyment of the book in any way. Other reviewers have complained about the main character's voice not being authentically British, but it didn't honestly bother me.

The sex scenes are all well-written, sweet,
Rain Carrington
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Long Con was a great read. The heat between the two main characters was explosive and their albeit quick but deep felt love made my heart bounce around in my chest. The back stories were great and the story of the long con itself did not get in the way of the romantic workings between Bradley and Tony. At the end I was swiping tears off of my face for them. I couldn't put it down. On to the sequel!
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