Title: Rough Trade
Author: Sidney Bell
Series: Woodbury Boys #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 12/3/2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Bisexual, M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 496
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.
He’s just always gone it alone.
Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.
Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.
So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?
I’d wager anyone who has read the Woodbury Boys series has been anticipating Ghost’s story and Rough Trade proves the wait was more than worth it. Miss Bell again smoothly blends hurt/comfort and suspense to create a story that drew me in from the first chapter.
Rough Trade offered an in depth look into Ghost’s life following his escape from the clutches of a dirty cop and the punishing reach of a crime family’s matriarch, and in the midst slowly reveals his past and innermost thoughts. While trying to escape the perils of his previous associations, Ghost finds himself involved with a cop currently on medical leave who’s struggling in his own way. In the two books leading up to Rough Trade, I’d never have anticipated Duncan being Ghost’s guy. The relationship between these two men was deliciously different from what I expected, making it that much more memorable. I loved that the author took the time to develop Ghost and Duncan individually before cementing them as a couple. The slow burn romance reflected Ghost’s sorted past and hesitant embrace of his future, proving yet again that Miss Bell stays true to her characters in all facets of their lives rather than simply when the angst is a convenient plot point. I always knew this story would be a good one, but I was still surprised just how good it was. The vulnerability of Ghost was tangible and his story heartbreaking but powerful in its strength.
Per usual, the action and suspense scenes of Rough Trade were well-detailed, full of emotion, and complete with a few twists, keeping me fixated on the story and desperate to see how it all would unfold. If you’re a fan of hurt/comfort romances at all and love to see characters who’ve been dealt a difficult hand rise above and find their happy ending, the Woodbury Boys series is a can’t miss and Rough Trade was the perfect cap to this trio of incredible books.