Rough Trade – Woodbury Boys, Book 3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Dates: Monday, December 3 (e-book); Tuesday, December 25 (print)
Length: 496 pages
Themes & Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, Suspense, crime, abuse, angst, prostitution, gay
WARNING: Mature Content
Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.
He’s just always gone it alone.
Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.
Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.
So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?
What I think of the book:
It’s been months since I’ve read such a long book, but man, oh, man, was it worth turning all those pages!
Rough Trade is the third installment in Sidney Bell’s Woodbury Boys, but it could be read as a standalone; in it were references that were obviously about the previous two books – enough for me to guess who the main characters in those books were – but I still didn’t feel lost because this one follows a new main couple.
Ghost and Duncan both have their charms and are fleshed out, relatable, and realistic. I enjoyed the contrast of not only something as simple as their appearance, but their backgrounds, personalities, and outlook on life. Forcing two so very different people to spend time together kept the story interesting even when they weren’t hiding or running for their lives.
And speaking of running: I loved the action scenes here.
I’ve read plenty of books that were labeled as Suspense, but only had a couple of scenes that kept me on my toes; Rough Trade isn’t such a book. Even when the guys seem to have some downtime, at the back of their minds – and yours – is the fact that there’s a whole bunch of people out there who want them dead. And one of the things I really appreciated this author doing?
She made a sympathetic villain. To the point where I was thinking “Okay, I don’t want you to hurt my boys, but I’m hoping you make it out alive” even though I knew said person would go after them again if they made it out alive.
And speaking about my boys – yes, let’s get back to them – they make each other better. The progress was more visible in Ghost – there was much more to change there – but we also see a new Duncan.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you are sensitive to things like child abuse, rape and murder, this book isn’t for you; if you like a gritty and dark book with relatable characters and some humor thrown in, check out Rough Trade.
My rating: (5/5 knives)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
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So this was Ghost.
Duncan hadn’t been sure what to expect from Walt’s description: scared kid, smart mouth, liar through and through, tougher than he looked. He hadn’t expected to find a half-dead guy managing to stay upright behind a steering wheel on sheer willpower. He hadn’t expected beauty, especially not a beauty strong enough to shine through blood and bruises and ill-fitting clothes. A beauty of almost terrifying vulnerability, such that Duncan might’ve thought him harmless if not for Walt’s warning and the blade locked in his fist when Duncan had pulled him from the car.
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Sidney Bell lives in Colorado with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. More realistic grown-ups eventually convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, though, which is how we ended up here. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.
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