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Risky Behavior
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Risky Behavior
Bad Behavior Series, Book 1
by L.A. Witt
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It's day one of Darren Corliss's career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn't play by the rules, and he doesn't play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas's hard-won trust, they both realize there's more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas's unorthodox — and borderline unethical — methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he's falling for, he has to wonder — is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn't dirty?

It's day one of Darren Corliss's career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn't play by the rules, and he doesn't play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas's hard-won trust, they both realize there's more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas's unorthodox — and borderline unethical — methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he's falling for, he has to wonder — is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn't dirty?

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    Chapter One

    Andreas

    "I don't need a goddamned babysitter."

    From across a desk covered in reports and folders — any number of which were probably about me — Captain Hamilton shot me a look I'd seen way too many times. Narrow eyes, tight lips, tilted head. The "I've had enough of your shit" look.

    "He's not a babysitter." The captain folded his hands in his lap and leaned back in his giant leather chair. "He's a damn good cop and a newly minted detective."

    I groaned. "You're sticking me with a rookie?"

    Hamilton rolled his eyes. "For fuck's sake, Ruffner. What part of 'newly minted detective' wasn't clear? He's not a rookie."

    I snorted. "He knows how to be a beat cop. Call me when he's cut his teeth as an actual — "

    "This isn't up for discussion, Detective." He sat up and pressed his elbows onto his desk. "I'm partnering you with Detective Corliss." He inclined his head and stabbed a finger at me. "And I expect you to treat this one as an equal. None of the bullshit like the last two."

    "How long am I stuck with him?" I asked through my teeth. "Until he's ready to take off his training wheels?"

    "Until I'm good and ready to reassign one of you."

    I studied him for a long moment. Long enough to make him twitch and fidget. Then, "What's this about, Captain?"

    "It doesn't need to be about anything, Detective." He glared at me. "You have your orders. Follow them."

    Aside from clenching my jaw, I didn't move. "You want to tell me why you keep pairing me with new — "

    "Well for one thing, if they can put up with you, then they can put up with anyone."

    "Isn't that considered hazing?"

    He exhaled. "For another thing, I'm assigning him because detectives work better in pairs. You might see things he's missed. He might see things you've missed. Two heads are better than one. All right?" Before I could call bullshit on that, he said, "Dismissed."

    "Captain — "

    "Dismissed."

    There was no point in fighting him now, so I got up and left without another word. Grinding my teeth so hard my jaw ached, I headed downstairs. Might as well get some work done on my last afternoon as a free man.

    This "partner" idiocy was going to drive me insane. On the other hand, Detective Corliss probably wouldn't be a pain in my ass any longer than Detectives Schaeffer and Phillips before him. Schaeffer had held out until he'd heard that one night, instead of staying at my desk to wrap up some paperwork like I'd told him, I'd gone out and collared a suspect we'd been hunting for the past three weeks. Neither he nor Hamilton had been impressed when I'd said I'd known where the suspect was hiding, but didn't trust Schaeffer not to compromise things before I could get close enough to arrest the fucker.

    Then there'd been Phillips, who'd insisted at every turn that my refusal to tell her anything was the result of being a misogynist who didn't respect female cops. Hamilton himself had admitted to her that I was just an asshole who didn't like working with any cops, and that I gave my male partners the same shit. She'd immediately requested a transfer, and we were both happier for it. And for the past couple of months, I'd been doing quite nicely on my own.

    Until now. Couldn't fucking wait.

    I glanced at my watch on my way back to my desk. It was quarter after four. Shit. I doubled back and headed for the locker room instead.

    When I walked in, there were a few beat cops talking about last night's game over by the sinks. They ignored me, and I ignored them as I continued to the opposite side of the room and...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 17, 2017
    In this scorching-hot crime drama, Witt and Z create oil-and-water characters who find surprising ways to overcome their differences. Darren Corliss is a brand new detective with a sterling record and family connections to support his career. Andreas Ruffner has decades behind the badge and a reputation for putting results ahead of ethics. The only thing they have in common is a commitment to upholding the law. Ruffner has dedicated his life to one single case, at the expense of his health, his family life, and his professional future. When they’re teamed up, Darren has the thankless task of earning the trust of a man who is paranoid for all the right reasons, while Andreas must protect the rookie who’s too young to be wise. The plot is fast and harrowing, the romance is a slow burn, and the conclusion is as satisfying as it is thrilling.

  • Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* — "The plot is fast and harrowing, the romance is a slow burn, and the conclusion is as satisfying as it is thrilling."
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