Way Off Plan by Alexa Land
Title: Way Off Plan
Author: Alexa Land
Blurb: Jamie Nolan is a young cop on his first undercover assignment, sent to investigate Dmitri Teplov, a suspected major player in the Russian mafia. Jamie knows better than to get involved with the gorgeous nightclub owner. But right from the start, the spark of attraction between the two of them is undeniable.
Everything about Dmitri is just so unexpected. He’s sweet and shy, and has a nerdy side that Jamie finds irresistible. Can this man really be a criminal?
No matter if Dmitri is guilty or innocent, Jamie’s big Irish Catholic family of cops and his police captain are never going to accept this relationship. Dmitri’s dangerous and manipulative gangster uncle is also none too thrilled that these two are together, and wants Jamie out of the picture. On top of that, Jamie’s still reeling from a recent breakup, and Dmitri is unavailable anyway. Isn’t he?
No way should this thing between them be happening. Getting involved with Dmitri Teplov was never part of the plan. But sometimes, the best plan is the one you make up as you go along.
Review: Jamie Nolan is a young cop recovering from a recent painful breakup with his long-term closeted boyfriend. Still reeling from the news that his ex Charlie is engaged to a woman, Jamie is sent on his first undercover assignment. His job is to find incriminating info on Dmitri Teplov, an alleged major figure in the Russian Mafia.
Jamie is completely unprepared and seemingly untrained to deal with this assignment. He is sent into the club owned by Dmitri with no real plan or backup. Although Jamie begins making mistakes almost immediately, he catches the eye of Dmitri Teplov, a man living a double life. He has a public face he shows to the world of a jaded gangster who uses his club as his own personal twink buffet and the secret face of a sensitive and caring family man who is forced into a life of crime by tradition and blackmail.
While this is a story of insta-love that has them trusting each other blindly from the start, it’s also long enough to show you they are worthy of both. The men have a tendency to act without much thought, planning, or consulting each other. Jamie enters into the relationship with the understanding that it comes with an expiration date. Dmitri is marrying the daughter of a sinister and important man so he can’t break off the engagement.
These boys are adorable, and their love is sweet and young and they want to be together so much. They both struggle under the weight of family expectations and pressure and everyone in both their worlds telling them they shouldn’t be together.
The sex is hot, well spaced, and moves the story forward. The romance is charming.
While not especially realistic, or an accurate view of police procedures or a mafia organization, it is an enjoyable bit of fun. This book is great for when you’re looking for a nice easy read without much angst. I enjoyed it and will read the next book when it comes out.
Reviewed by: Nina