Thursday, November 3, 2011

In The Flesh

In The Flesh (Flesh #1) by Ethan Stone
Dreamspinner Press
4 out of 5

Reno Detective Cristian Flesh lives his life by a strict set of personal rules, preferring one-time flings and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His rules work for him... until his life is turned upside down when first, a former lover, a famous televangelist, is attacked, and then one of his one-night stands is murdered, making Cristian the prime suspect.

When handsome lawyer Colby Maddox takes his case, Cristian finds himself wanting to break all his rules about relationships. The instant attraction between them is undeniable. But before they can contemplate any kind of future together, they’ll have to clear Cristian’s name by finding the real murderer.

In The Flesh is a hard book to rate and a hard book to love, yet I am infatuated with the story and the characters. Let me tell you, that is no easy accomplishment because they characters are a bit vile and mostly stupid. Yet, it’s a great mystery and crime drama, small on the romantic aspect big on the ‘lets get it on’ all the time with mostly anyone.

Christian Flesh is a gay cop and he does not try to hide it, when he comes under suspicion for murder his life starts to go in the dumps until a certain sexy lawyer comes in and saves the day. What makes the story something kind of special are the incidents and sexual escapades leading up to Flesh being under suspicion. A colourful assortment of characters, add a great and fun mix to the story line.

We have the TV preacher, who goes on and on about homosexuality up on the pulpit, but has boy toys all over the city. The gay cop in hiding, who is a complete asshole because he swears he’s not gay. The street kid, with the heart of gold, and the very sexy lawyer. What all these characters have in common is that all of them have been inside Flesh, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The mystery aspect of the book is well done, but not very hard to figure out. Its one of those domino effect kind of mystery, you hit one, and all go a tumbling. Flesh just does not know when to cool it, but its his stubbornness that eventually lead to good results, or should I say his penis. His sexual escapades make up most of the book, and in the beginning, I did not mind it until he started to go overboard. It is different to be sleeping around when you are single; it becomes something else when you are starting a relationship.

Flesh and Colby (his lawyer) is quite hot, but I wanted more from both characters. I wanted Flesh to keep it in the pants, and I wanted Colby to stand up and tell Flesh to grow up already. 

If someone says to me, “I can’t promise monogamy”. My answer would be “then I can’t promise you, my dick in your ass”. Not some “just tell me about it after”. That shit pissed me off.

I did enjoy reading the book, its entertaining and fast paced. I really liked the interracial love, as Colby being a black man. I just love when different races get together; it makes my heart feel super happy. I look forward to other books in the series, in hopes that Flesh ceases to keep pissing me off.

SideNote- That cover, the person looks like a freaking ALIEN!

4 Pants Off
  Go Ahead Take Those Pants Off


  1. I loved this book (and the sequel). I get what you are saying about the monogamy. Definitely something I want in my relationship. But I guess I was ok with it b/c Cristian was up front and Colby was totally ok with it. For some reason I just loved Cristian.

  2. I loved him in the beginning of the book. I loved how he made no apologies for being a little slutty (lol). Then I was like "where the hell is his control?"

    Keep it in your pants Christian! (teehee)


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