Somewhat recently (via Ethan Day’s monthly Gay Day), I won an ebook copy of P.A. Brown’s m/m romantic suspense, L.A. Heat, which I already owned. P.A. has graciously allowed me to give that copy away to one lucky reader! Thanks, P.A. 🙂
In L.A. Heat, a serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles and he’s targeting gay men. LAPD Detective David Laine – himself gay but deeply closeted – is assigned to the case with his homophobic partner, Martinez Diego. The nature of the crimes and the brutalization of the victims bring disturbing emotions to the surface for David. Laine and his partner have a suspect: Christopher Bellamere – an openly gay California “golden boy” who crossed paths with two of the victims before their deaths. But when cop and suspect meet, an immediate attraction complicates the case and David Laine’s very private life.
As David works to find the killer – and Chris works to clear his name – they both seek to understand the complex feelings that are growing between them. Fast-paced and intricately plotted, L.A. Heat, author P.A. Brown’s debut novel, will have you on the edge of your seat right until the last page is turned.
At 22 years of age, P.A. Brown’s life changed forever when she sold everything she owned and moved 2,000 miles away to a city she’d never visited, where she knew no one. Coming from a sheltered life, she spent the next eight years doing her own wild and crazy thing. She roamed the good and bad streets of Los Angeles, doing things that in retrospect were probably downright idiotic. Knowing nothing about the city (or any big city) she made the brilliant decision to get a cheap apartment. She found one, in the heart of a crime-ridden section of Hollywood, one she later found out was called a war zone by the LAPD. There were stabbings and shootings and assaults every weekend. Thus was her introduction to life in a big American city.
Most of her time in L.A. was spent in the underbelly of the city, including a month or so living out of a car. She visited Skid Row, spent time on the streets of Hollywood, and befriended a bartender who was killed after she went home with a customer. And you wonder why she writes crime novels? During the 80s, P.A. saw the advent of a terrible disease no one understood that became known as AIDS. Being immersed in the gay community, P.A. knew a lot of people who died in those days. For a brief period, she was even a “Valley Girl,” living within spitting distance of the famous Sherman Oaks Galleria. Does she miss it? Every minute of every day.
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