Man Love. My first. Maybe my last. I just know that I couldn’t have a surfeit of these types of books on a daily basis. Or any erotica that’s m/m,m/f, f/f or whatever. If it entertains, I’ll read it but erotica these days, compose very little of my reading diet. Moving on. I bought this book because the buzz surrounding it has been pretty positive. Here is the description for your perusal:
Detective Nicolas Valenti has never had feelings for a man that go beyond friendship. But now he’s in love with his partner Sean O’Brien. There’s just one problem–Sean is straight. Isn’t he?
The Assignment was just average for this reader. I had some serious issues with Valenti’s partner, Sean O’Brien, claiming his heterosexuality while he was undercover with Nicholas. The problem? I just didn’t believe it. See, the Assignment requires the two men to work undercover together and pretend to be lovers in order for them to take down a dangerous criminal who happens to frequent gay clubs, bars or whatever. The problem arises when Nicholas Valenti starts having some real, serious feelings for his partner, Sean. I really liked Nicholas and I could understand his feelings for Sean since they’d been friends for years and were close. Thus, I had no problem with his character or the way he was written. I felt sorry for him and I wanted him to have his happy ending.
The biggest problem of this story for me was the way Sean O’Brian’s character was written. The author wants the reader to believe Sean’s sexual exploration was nothing for him to think about twice. He did all the kissing, groping, feely stuff with another guy that would make one think twice that he was straight. However, we see Nicholas really grappling with his sexuality and his feelings while we see Sean all out flaming. Rather than be perceived as a full blooded heterosexual male as the author would like the reader to do, Sean comes across as a man who lived his life in the closet and was finally let loose. I would never believe that he was straight. Never. Sorry. Just couldn’t. As the envelope was pushed further and further, Sean’s response was always: it’s ok, it’s for the job. Yeah, right. Tell that to someone else. I just accepted that Nicholas fell in love with Sean but never thought himself as gay. Sean just acted gay from the start.
All in all, this book was about average for me, C. Take heart. Others did enjoy it. I just didn’t think it was all that great. It wasn’t all bad. I liked the writing. The story was somewhat entertaining. Characterizations were decent. The author’s voice has a nice flow to it. Would I read anything else by her? Probably not.