Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Vodka and Handcuffs
SERIES: Mary’s Boys Book 2
AUTHOR: Brandon Witt
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 112 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
Vahin Arora, Hamburger Mary’s sexy bartender, plays the flirtatious role so well even his closest friends—his chosen family at Mary’s—don’t realize Vahin hasn’t had a hookup in months. Then Tall, Dark, and Handsome steps through the door, and Vahin’s libido races back to life.
Being a black cop on the Denver police force is no easy job—Marlon Barton can’t imagine adding being gay to the equation. And while Marlon loves his work as an officer, his life has taken a turn for the hellish because of his new partner, the nephew of a senator.
Fleeing his partner’s company one night, Marlon stumbles into Mary’s for the first time… and wakes up with a hangover in the bartender’s bed. The one-night stand heats up into a budding romance, but not without stress as Marlon’s partner’s actions threaten Vahin’s livelihood and Marlon’s future on the force. Can Vahin and Marlon face the challenges and hold on to the love, friendship, and family they’ve found?
Vodka and Handcuffs is the second book in the Mary’s Boys series but it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. If you have read the first story, you must remember Vahin, the hot bartender, and the amazing family at Hamburger Mary’s. If you are new to this series, no matter in what order but you should definitely read both books released so far.
Our two MCs are Vahin, who is a member of the wonderful family at Hamburger Mary’s, and Marlon, a local cop, who happens to spend a night at the restaurant and later in Vahin’s bed.
This book is a true gem. It’s perfect in every way. We get two unique and strong main characters with sizzling chemistry, and we also meet the wonderful people at Hamburger Mary’s like ManDonna, Steve and Ariel. It’s great to revisit this amazing group of people who form the bestest family with their compassion, acceptance and support.
This story also deals with some truly up to date topics. The writing is solid as always and also very powerful. My gut got twisted a few times at seeing some real lifelike situations of racism, discrimination and unfair police treatment. I had to stop a couple of times to regroup, but luckily everything turns out to be alright. The ride is very emotional, thought provoking and worth every gasp and heartache you feel on the way. Your heart will get a serious workout, so be prepared.
One of my favorite things in the whole story is the drag show scene, which is hot, fun and very sensual.
Vodka and Handcuffs is a great addition to the Mary’s Boys series and I can’t wait to read the next story.