The Trouble with Tony (Sex in Seattle #1) by Eli Easton (5 Stars)

Enjoyable romantic mystery with a unique setting for the plot makes this a keeper!

Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco, a former policeman who was injured on the job, is trying to solve the case of a murdered woman. He finds himself posing as a patient at a sex clinic where he gets treated by Dr. Jack Halloran, formerly a skilled surgeon before getting seriously injured in combat. Tony ends up being honest about a real problem he’s having with sex which leads to all sorts of interesting activities. As Tony tries to solve the case, and Jack tries to help solve Tony’s sexual problems, they quickly realize they are falling in love.

I really liked these characters. Tony and Jack were both strong and sexy, but they were also really nice guys who were always trying to help others. I really felt like I got to know the characters and thought that they developed a pretty solid relationship with each other. Having the story take place at a sex clinic was interesting and certainly not something I’ve seen before. It worked well here and actually lead to some pretty steamy sex scenes. I usually don’t care for books where they meet under false pretenses, because it’s usually followed by a very stressful point where they have to decide if they can ever trust each other again. Fortunately, the author worked it out perfectly. A nice epilogue brought solid closure to everything.

This is the kind of story I love! It grabbed me from the beginning, and I didn’t put it down until I was done. I loved the sense of humor surrounding the interesting mystery, the steamy sex, and the likable characters.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.

Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?

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