When paramedic Nick Swain responds to a shooting in a seedy neighborhood, his entire world is thrown off its axis. His life is threatened…twice. Allegations of racism and medical neglect threaten his career and his ability to sleep at night. Not that he’ll be sleeping any time soon after the incident throws him into the path – and arms – of Detective Andrew Carmichael.
One hot night after another with Andrew may help Nick relieve some stress, but sex won’t solve every problem in his life. With the media hounding him and the city watching his every move, he starts to wonder if the world is out to get him.
The world may not be out to get him, but someone is.
And that someone wants Nick dead.
I read the Cover Me series in completely the wrong order. I originally didn’t know the order when I bought all three volumes and ended up reading book two (Trust Me), then book three (Search Me), and now book one (Cover Me). Thus, I knew some of the details of Cover Me, based on references mentioned in the sequels. While the second book follows a different couple, the third one follows Nick and Andrew from this book — so it was interesting to see them struggle in their relationship in book three, then to go back and read how they first met in book one.
One of L.A. Witt’s strengths, and the reason I love reading her books, is the way she really digs deep into a character’s emotions and his need for his love interest. This book is told from Nick’s POV, and through that, we get a sense of his deep and immediate need for Andrew, of what the sex they have really means to him, what it does to him. This book is filled with a lot of sex, and all of it advances the love-interest-plot significantly.
The external plot, about someone wanting Nick dead, is really secondary, even though I think it’s meant to be the primary plot. I found myself skimming the external plot, and then slowing down my reading when I reached a sex scene and the development of the internal plot.
The love affair is scorching and alone makes the book worth reading.