Review: Grime and Punishment (The Brothers Grime #1) By: Z.A. Maxfield

GrimeAndPunishmentJack: Grime and Punishment

The Brothers Grime #1

by Z.A. Maxfield

M/M, Erotic Romance,


The Brothers Grime is Jack Masterson’s way of helping people in crisis after disability ends his career as a firefighter. Jack’s people get to a scene long after the physical trauma ends. They don’t solve crime or rescue the victims. They help people move on. The new job is all Jack wants or needs, until he gets the call about old flame Nick Foasberg’s suicide.
Ryan Halloran’s cousin Nick has been on a downhill slide for a long time. Despite that, Ryan does everything he knows to help. Ryan only understands part of what happened between Nick and Jack in high school, but after Nick’s suicide, Ryan agrees both he and Jack need closure. They work together to clean the scene and despite the situation, heat flares between them.
Jack is keeping a painful secret and fighting his attraction Nick’s look-alike cousin, Ryan. Ryan calls himself a magnet for lost causes and worries Jack might be the next in a long line of losers. Despite his misgivings, despite the past and the mistakes they’ve both made, Jack gives Ryan something to look forward to, and Ryan gives Jack a reason to stop looking back, in Grime And Punishment.


Plot: 4. I just have to say that after reading the description of this book, I was IMMEDIATELY interested. Who really thinks about what happens at a crime scene once the body is taken away? How the hell could I not be interested in a book that touches on that subject and is an erotic M/M novel? This dirty little tale is about wounded ex-firefighter, Jack, whose ex-lover, Nick, tragically commits suicide. Jack and Nick have a horrifying painful history and Jack decides the best way to gain closure on that part of his life is to clean the scene, not only for himself, but for Nick’s cousin, Ryan, as well.

Sex: 4. While there are only a few scenes in this book, this is a case of quality vs. quantity. The author does a wonderful job of inciting sexual tension in both the characters and the reader. I was practically begging for them to take the next step and when they did, it was hot as hell. I’m not sure I’ll ever look at stairs quite the same way. HA! There is a perfect blend of angst, tension, passion and sex that is weaved perfectly into the story.

Overall: 3. I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I couldn’t put it down and had to read it in one sitting, much to the chagrin of my family. I felt many emotions while reading this book and I easily connected with the characters. The storyline of the book flowed smoothly and was very well written. I have no idea how the author is going to expand this series, but I’m eagerly anticipating book two!


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