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The Assignment (Assignment #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,366 Ratings  ·  398 Reviews
Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O’Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster and danger and saved each other’s asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light, Valenti isn’t really sure. He only knows that h ...more
ebook, 155 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Loose Id (first published 2006)
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

Well, well well....wasn't this a steamy little nugget.

This was a perfect, quick, gratuitously HOT read. Don't take anything seriously, and just go with the flow enjoying the cheesy dialogue and convenient directions the characters go in. Because, by the end, you'll only have one question to ask yourself?

Melissa (Ever So Mela)
So obviously looking for some spectacular plot in smut is like expecting good acting in porn.

And I'm ok with that. Heck this was probably gonna end up being a four star cause I'm also very biased when it comes to GFY. Yes, I have double standards. No, I don't care.

So the problem was, this was trying to hard to have a plot. I mean if you read this, you will understand. Stupidity 101.

It was also going for BDSM, where I, someone who cringes away from that was just laughing out loud at the sheer
Opening Line: "This is gonna take some getting used to."

Set in the early 1980’s (which kept me visualizing Starsky and Hutch and hoping for descriptions of Magnum-esque moustaches) THE ASSIGNMENT is a su-weet read. Just long enough at 161 pages and certainly steamy enough, I can see myself returning to this story again and again. Filled with suspense, random humour, genuine emotion and sexual tension so palpable it just about killed me, Valenti and O’Brian are a couple so deliciously hot and man
A likable hero (Valenti) paired with a not-so-likable hero (O'Brian) + hot, kinly M/M sex scenes + silly plot with big, jarring holes = Dina was disappointed!

The premise of this book is simple: Nicholas Valenti and Sean O'Brian are two straight (but not homophobic) Homicide Detectives who, for whatever reason, are asked to work in a Narcotics Division's undercover operation to catch a big drug lord. The glitch? They have to pretend to be a gay couple in order to infiltrate the drug lord's headqu
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Macky by: Reminded about it by Cagla. Thanks hun!
4.5 *
Second time around read on this and I must admit I'd forgotten what a fun sexy read it was. Two straight cops, Valenti and his cocky partner O'Brien best friends and partners for years, have to go undercover as a gay couple at a gay sex resort to bust a drug lord. Valenti has been married but over time has become secretly in love with his partner so obviously the temptation is excruciating and as the guys are put in so many steamy positions were they have to " prove " they're gay, the sexu
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, e-book, m-erotica
I really enjoyed this book a lot! I have had it for a while, however I put off reading it for some reason, and Im not sure why...

This is a story about two cops... Nick and Sean. They are exceptionally close friends. There are even some rumors going around the station that they are lovers... however Nick and Sean know better. They are just friends. Right?

Their Chief asks them to go undercover at a gay resort in order to catch an extremely evil drug dealer who dabbles in murder on the side. Sean
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in the "gay-bdsm" shelve, which is really an insult to somebody who, like me, is actually into gay-bdsm. "The Assignment" was the second Anderson book I read (the other was "Slave Boy") and it was a big, big mistake to give her a second chance. Basicly Anderson wrote the same book in two different settings, "The Assignment" for guys who are hot for cops and "Slave Boy" for sci-fi-fans, so both books suffer from the same almost painful to read flaws.

In both stories two men who
A really popular M/M romance story, "The Assignment", this is. I can see the appeal. It's a quick, mostly light (Valenti ignored the memo sometimes) and good read with great sex talk.

The time setting for this story could not be more perfect, early eighties

I felt like I was reading a written cheesy eighties porno scene:

Guy #1: "Oh no, I don't know how that penny got down there, let me lube my asshole and bend down on all fours, butt-naked and see how that penny fell to the floor!"

Guy #2: "Hmm..."

I really wanted to give this book the benefit of the doubt but there is only so much I can look past in the books I read. I must say, I am all for crazy and over-the-top story lines where I have to suspend reality for a minute, but The Assignment went a bit too far for me.

I LOVE friends to lovers story lines and especially when they are both "straight" and inexperienced - but Sean and Valenti did not do it for me.

For one, there was miscommunication galore. Seriously, if your best friend kisses
Trisha Harrington
This was a very sweet story and I loved both characters. This book brought me in from the first page and kept me there until the end. I laughed at times during this book, then I worried about the characters and their relationship. The fact they were friends before the book started was nice. Nick and Sean were so meant for each other, even when they were figuring themselves out, I knew. Really great book :)

Oh man, I'm a little bit bummed out. I was prepared for an over-the-top gay-for-you cop story with two straight best friends pretending to be together for an undercover gig in a gay resort to nail down a druglord. I was absolutely ready to accept this whole set-up - hell, I was kind of looking forward to it.

What I didn't expect was the utter ridiculousness of it all. If the story hadn't taken itself so seriously, it could have worked. But it did take itself seriously. And the ridiculousness
Sammy Goode
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, what to do when you are undercover pretending to be a happy gay couple, Master and Sub, and you are straight...well, your partner is straight...but then he is so realistic as a gay twinky sub...and then he's kissing you....and touching you...but its' all an act, right? Welcome to The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson. The story goes that two cops, who have been best friends and partners for over 6 years are sent undercover into the lair of a reputedly brutal drug lord to arrest him for cocai ...more
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m4m-romance
I had never heard of the "gay for you" genre - a story in which two supposed "straight" male characters develop mutual affection, love, and lust for one another. The setup - two lawenforcement "partners" are sent undercover at a gay resort, the appropriately named RamJack, in order to bust the drug kingpin that operates said resort.

This book was fun to read based soley on the "gay rules" that the characters have to follow in order to stay "undercover". The dominant/submissive roles were taken to
3.5 stars!

This is the assignment for the Goober Squad!

Obviously meant to be over-the-top silly, because neither of these two bozos were good at detecting, well, anything.

Still, sexy read with quite likeable characters.
Nick, if I can have you, I don't want or need anything or anybody else in the world. Call it whatever you want. Just say yes.

Where do I start with this one. It was such a mess, and so fucked up, like I'm all for the fake-dating trope normally, but the way this one did it? Count me out.

I have a bunch of notes I made while reading this book, so I'm just going to go through them in order.

First up, what is with the obsession with O'Brian's "heavy cock" in his "skin-tight pants"?? I mean, holy fuck
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cop themed m/m romance
Though short (just under 200 pages) the story was not rushed. Valenti is described as being tall dark and sophisticated. While O'Brian fills the oppisite page being compact, pale and street smart.

Both cops are sent on assignment to a gay resort called the RamJack. Valenti admitted to himself he not only loved his partner as a friend, but was in love and sexually attracted to him. O'Brian, while oblivious to his partner's inner feelings, was always touchy-feely and had no problems "acting" gay.
Heather C
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather C by: Susan65
This was one HOT over-the-top-gfy story. Yeah, it was quite outrageous but still a fun read. It was so obvious that O'Brian was seriously hot for Valenti, so I got a little annoyed that Valenti kept failing to recognize their relationship for what it really was. It did get a little too crazy for me near the end, but it was still a sweet, funny, low angst read. 
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
4,5 stars
My first acquaintance with the books of Evangeline Anderson was Str8te Boys. I’m pretty sure that it was at the same time my first M/M story ever. And it got me completely hooked at the genre! It was such a sweet story about two straight roommates who start feeling attracted to one another. In fact, The Assignment reminded me of that story in more than one way. Both are featuring best friends falling in love and straight guy(s) turning gay. And both are written from just one point of vi
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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I accidentally read this book in one sitting when I should have gone to bed early!! Oops!

It's the early 80s and Sean O'Brian and Nicholas Valenti police officers partners in California. They have seen each other through everything. Nick's divorce and Sean's recent stabbing. They are best friends and completely comfortable around each other. So when I drug lord starts passing out bad drugs at the local gay bars, someone needs to go undercover toe his exclusive gay resort. The police captain choos
I remember loving this back n the day,but now it reads like the script for a cheesy 80s porno flick, full of unlikely situations resulting in lots of sex. Not bad, but no longer a favorite.
Sophia Triad
Time: Early 80s
Place: Ramjack gay resort

Two straight cops (parterns and friends) for six years are taking up a new assignment. They will pretend to be a gay couple in the country's largest and most infamous gay resort, Ramjack. They were the only ones that they volunteered since there are not out gay cops. Out to each other maybe, but not to their brothers in blue.

Detective Valenti will play the sugar daddy role and basically the book is written from his POV. We learn early in the book that he
This was 'ok' was really quite a stupid storyline and I didn't know it was going to be set in the 80s. Everyone was very stereotypical in a very over the top way and the characters were quite 2D. The way their relationship developed was also quite stupidly done and unrealistic I thought - in fact it irritated me really because of how stupid it was. I almost didn't bother finishing it, but thought I would see what happened.

Pretty hot sex scenes, but apart from that not a lot else. The plot d
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still one of the funniest mm romance books ever. I can read this over and over and over again.
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, e-book, erotica
Nick Valenti and Sean O'Brian are cops, partners and best friends. They're totally different but in sync, they rely on each other and care for each other. But most importantly: they're comfortable around one another and are not afraid to get into each other's personal space. In fact: they constantly do so.
And this is exactly the reason why the men are sent undercover - as a gay couple- to investigate the ways of a high and mighty drug lord. A couple of days at the infamous gay resort the RamJack
I loved this story so much! Really, what could possibly go wrong with a plot like this:

Nick Valenti and Sean McBrian are partners at the homicide department. Valenti and McBrian have been best friends for years, but recently Valenti realized that his feelings for McBrian go deeper than mere friendship, but there is no way to act on them. It's the early 1980s and McBrian is 'straight as an arrow' anyway.

So, Valenti does have some troubles accepting their next assignment: Going undercover in a ga
After more discussion about this book and my weird feeling that I'm the only person who didn't love it (okay, about 10% of us didn't "love" it), I thought I'd post my review of the re-read because I didn't do reviews back in the day. Read originally in fall 2008, re-read Dec. 2009.


After much discussion on Kris’ blog I thought I should read it again since I didn’t seem to have the same love of said book as others. Did my opinion change a year later? Umm, no. I didn’t dislike it but I was cu
This was painful for me to read in several places, and I admit I did some skimming. The sex scenes themselves were hot, but a lot of the in between was way too awkward and uncomfortable for me. From terrible police work to the worst undercover acting I could ever imagine, the worst of which was probably that last scene (view spoiler) ...more
Having read this book for the second time, I'd have to say that my opinion hasn't really changed this is an okay book but there are better ones out there...I'd have to say it is a 2.5 star book but I've bumped it up to 3 stars because it is easy to read and not too painful.

Original Review
I liked this one but I will have to read it again before I write a complete review. It had a lot of similarities to Anderson's Str8te Boys which I had just finished reading prior to reading the Assignment. Will
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
3.5 Stars but I've bumped it up to 4!

What a fun read. I don't think this book was meant to be anything more than that...just a quick, hot, fun read. Yes there is story line however 'out there' it is, but the main focus was these two straight cops, best friends, partners. I enjoy a story where the characters go undercover or are put in a situation where they have to 'pretend' to be together..I find myself getting nervous and feeling the butterflies for them and it ends up being so good when they
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Evangeline Anderson is a registered MRI tech who would rather be writing. And yes, she is nerdy enough to have a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be writing.” Honk if you see her! She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for ...more
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