Series: Sin City Uniforms, 7
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Publisher's BlurbA sexy stripper attempts to escape his dangerously obsessed boss while searching for his missing younger brother.
Stripping used to be fun, lucrative and a place for Dakota to practice for his professional dancing career. But the owner of Glitter Boys wants Dakota for himself and will stop at nothing to possess him. When his thirteen-year-old brother runs away from home to escape their abusive father, Dakota is determined to find him before something awful happens to him on the streets.
Patrol officer Reed hasn’t been attracted to a man in a very long time, but when he’s called to an assault in progress at the LGBTQ teen shelter, a young man approaches him, begging for help in finding his missing brother. An instant spark occurs, but he pushes it away. When the same man is attacked outside a strip club later that night, he discovers the desire is mutual.
As the two men learn more about each other and become closer, the specter of his obsessed ex-boss remains. In addition to that, Dakota has to fight the system to gain guardianship of his brother and keep him out of foster care. Dakota doesn’t know if the hunky cop he’s fallen so hard for can handle a relationship with an ex-stripper struggling to raise a teenager. But, will Reed be able to give up dating women for good and dedicate himself to their new family?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of sexual intimidation, scenes of mild physical assault and threats of sexual violence.
Publisher's Note: This book can be read as part of a series or as a standalone novel.
Strip Search by Morticia Knight is the seventh book in the Sin City series, I have not read the books in order, and I was not lost at all. We do have POV's of both Dakota and Reed in this book, but mostly it is Dakota. He has a rich back story, and he is going through a ton, this makes him a very layered character. On one hand his is in need of being rescued but on the other side of that coin he is much stronger for all he has gone through. I liked this about him. He might come off as a fragile flower but truthfully underneath it all he is made of steel. He has a big heart for other people, even when he is in need of help, he takes others feelings and circumstances into consideration. I loved that he is a dancer who is gifted. Fit with his personality.
Reed is super protective, so being a police officer is the perfect job for him. He gets to let out his protective instincts in a job he is very good at. He is divorced and has a little girl. He has her part time. I liked getting the back story with her too. She was perfect, sometimes kids are not portrayed well in books, but in this one I really felt the dimension to her as well as her father.
There are some rough scenes in this book. Couple of very near rapes that some readers might find a bit gritty, but again it all ads to the nature of this book. I really loved the balance Ms. Knight brings to her characters. Makes me want to read more by her too. When you want a well rounded, gritty, MM novel I would suggest this one highly.
Five Shooting Stars