Review of Grime and Punishment (The Brothers Grime #1)by Z.A. Maxfield 5*
BLURB: 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 to Nick's lookalike 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.
My Review: I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book from Netgalley because of the fact that the Hero had an unusual job so I thought it would be worth reading. I was right! This book was excellent, both in the way it portrayed the very difficult job that Jack had to do, but also in the way the story drew me into the lives of Jack and Ryan. The author managed to bring a lot of issues into the light without dragging me away from the interesting romance between the two men. The secondary characters were also well written and I look forward to reading book two in the Grime Brothers stories, especially if the next one is going to be about Dave.