Ride Along by Meghan Maslow

Ride Along by Meghan Maslow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.

Drew is suffering from some monumental writers block and had thought attending a conference might help inspire something in him. But so far it had been a complete bust. Struggling to think positive, he is thrilled when his name is called for a ride-along in a police car. With his career as a policeman hanging by a thread, Josh is resigned to all the drudgery tasks his boss can think to throw at him. Initially annoyed at having to ride with an author, Josh soon finds that Drew is nothing like he expected. Is this the start of something great for them both?

This is a lovely, fun story that I really enjoyed. While Drew and Josh’s relationship started out quite rocky I loved watching it flourish and grow as the story progressed. Both Drew and Josh have plenty of their own problems, but once they finally relax in each other’s company they become first friends and then so much more. I found this a real pleasure to read.

While their relationship is certainly front-and-center of the story, I also appreciated that the plot was not simply a quick and unimportant thing. Josh’s problems with his fellow police officers and Drew’s stress about his new book were both handled very well I thought – and weren’t simply an after-thought and shoved in idly at the start and end to make the book feel as though it had some semblance of a plot. I enjoyed how while yes, their relationship was the main thrust of the story, the two plots around each man were evenly and consistently brought up all through the story giving it the feel of a good flow and excellent pacing.

A fun and lighthearted story this has an excellent and thorough plot and a bunch of wonderful characters. Sexy and hot but equal parts interesting and intense, this is a great M/M that I feel many readers will totally enjoy.

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