Erryn reviews Up Close and Personal (Auckland Med Book 3) by Jay Hogan (Published by the author on March 22, 2020, 370 pages). The audiobook was released on May 29, 2021, was narrated by Gary Furlong and is 10hr and 29mins.
Detective Mark Knight has a serious problem – one that comes in the form of Auckland Med’s brand-new forensic pathologist. Six feet of delicious blond-haired, scary smart, stern, and disapproving hotness – Dr. Edward R. Newton.
The man is miles out of Mark’s league – completely opposite in almost every way and shockingly immune to Mark’s flirtations. Mark should just let him go. But the alluring doctor has taken residence in Mark’s brain and is messing with his life’s plan – in particular Mark’s determination to skirt attachments and all the self-absorbed drama that goes with them.
Mark has spent two years watching his friends drop like flies to the white picket virus, only to suddenly find himself hankering for a hammer and some white paint. Edward, however, doesn’t want a bar of Mark’s roguish charm.
But it’s not like Mark can avoid the sexy pathologist – death brings them together on a regular basis. So, when a string of murders threatens both their lives and sends them into hiding, something has to give.
Dr. Edward R. Newton has a good life. He left his job as a forensic pathologist in Christchurch after the massacre, and has made his way to Auckland for a new start. He’s staying in the luxurious home of a friend with his massive dog Tink. The one thing disturbing his ordered life? Mark Knight.
Mark is an unabashed flirt. He doesn’t do long term relationships. He’s very much a love’em and leave’em kind of guy. He flirts and fucks. His reputation precedes him. So Ed has already made up his mind before Mark even makes his move. Edward is bi and demi. Mark is gay and proud. One is shy, one is loud. They have everything going against them.
When they’re thrown together on a case, they have to put the animosity aside. Ed has found evidence of a cover-up, and suddenly the bad guys are bearing down. Mark wants to protect this man, but doing so is proving difficult. As the men race to track down a killer, their attraction grows. The question is – will they, or won’t they? Oh, and what does the R stand for?
There’s humor in this thriller, and a couple of times I laughed out loud. Dogs are always great for easing tension and by God they can be fun. I have to say I really enjoyed this book.
I adore Gary Furlong and this was the first time I’ve heard him do a New Zealand accent. This is the third book in the series and although I sank right into it, I plan to go back and read the previous two. So, just a great listen.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
JAY HOGAN IS A 2020 LAMBDA LITERARY FINALIST IN GAY ROMANCE and a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance and romantic suspense.She has travelled extensively and lived in a few different countries. In another life, she was an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and Nursing Lecturer.
She is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel.