Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Swiftly Dusted: Mini-review of Breaking Logan's Laws by Cameron Dane

Author:Cameron Dane
Title: Breaking Logan's Laws
Series: Quinn Security, book #4 - but it can easily be read as a standalone
Publisher: Loose Id
Date: February 22, 2011
Length: Novel plus: 247 pdf pages

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Genre & keywords:
M/M, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense, Investigation, Abuse, Violence

Synopsis in short:
Nate recently joined Quinn Security and for his first case he’s partnered with Logan, the man he met three years ago. Since then his crush has only grown. Logan has his own secret desires, but he also has rules when it comes to relationships. However, sweet Nate threatens to break down all his defenses.

Setting: Logan and Nate’s story is set in the world of Quinn Security and the characters of the previous books in the series are making small appearances. Both Logan and Nate are investigators at Quinn Security and their first joint case is to find a missing young socialite. This brings some suspense and mystery to the plot, which is not too complicated but nicely done.

POV: Third person narration, from both heroes' perspectives. That’s how I like it best with most stories. It gives equal insight in both characters’ thoughts and feelings, but with well timed switches to the other perspective, so that we as a reader don’t know everything at all times (because that would be boring).

H/H & characterization: Logan is the tall, dark and brooding type and Nate is the sweet, cute and happy one compared with Logan. Yet, Nate also has some darkness from his past to deal with. However, Logan is the one who has to come to terms with his cheating former lover, the reason why he has all those laws. Both Nate and Logan are very likeable and sexy characters, with more layers than one. Their pairing is one of opposites attract, but they match, not only in bed and in daily life but also as investigating partners.
I also enjoyed the presence of their friends, old and new ones. The interaction with this supporting cast showed a lot about our main heroes and made them three-dimensional as well.

Empathy level: These heroes moved me. Their conflict (mainly Logan’s set of laws) wasn’t too big but it was executed well, probably because the author succeeded in making me feel invested in them by the time things started to blow up.

Heat level: This couple certainly does steam up the pages, mainly in the second half of the book. There’s first quite some build-up with excellent sexual tension and once they finally give in to their attraction there’s no stopping them! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining per se, but these hot scenes were a bit out of proportion with the rest of the plot at that time. They could’ve been shorter and much better dosed. Still, 3 out of 3 flames

Angst level: Both heroes tugged at my heart strings in the same measure and I think I’ve probably used 1 or 2 out of 3 hankies

Overall entertainment level: Both the love story and the ongoing investigation held my undivided attention until the last page. Although the pacing felt a bit off once the hot smexing took place, this story kept being entertaining on more than one level. For me, the outcome of both the suspense plot and the romantic arc were satisfying. The extended cast with ‘real’ characters was a nice bonus. And thinking about Nate (and Logan) still makes me smile even now, almost a month after I read their story.

Final judgment:
Sexy & sweet hero thaws sexy & brooding hero. They make the pages sizzle while working on an interesting investigation.
4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. Oh that cover grabs my attention right away. Loved your review!

  2. Wonderful review, Janna! I'm looking forward to reading this story.

  3. You sure liked this one :) Sounds good, and I do love a brooding hero

  4. @FV: It was that cover that made me want to read it too... and the author's rep of writing super hot scenes of course... ;)

    @Lily: I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did, Lily. :)

    @Blodeuedd: I did, B. And yes, a brooding hero always does it for me too. :D

  5. I got kind of impatient with the sex scenes being so disproportionate to the book...

  6. Fab review, Janna! I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I have read some of Cameron Dane's other books and really enjoyed them. I need to add this one to the TBR pile.

  7. Wonderful review Janna! After reading this I'm longing to quench my thirst for a m/m read (I'm currently swallowed up by good PNR ;) I've read a few Cameron Dane books and they are never overly complicated but I'm always falling a bit in love with the characters ;) This sounds like a wonderful read hon. I love it when a charming hero thaws the brooding one, it can deliver such sexy chemistry *grin*

  8. You've got me intruiged, girl!! It's on the list!
    Wonderful and wicked review!

  9. I just need to say: I'm writing this comment from my 4.3 upgraded iPad *mile wide grin* Now I'm going to check this book out and at it to my wish list! (((hugs)))

  10. @Chris: I know what you mean. Although hot, these scenes were all packed together at one point and went on and on... I didn't read this book in one sitting, so maybe that's what saved me from getting bored or impatient with them. ;)

    @Ava: Thanks. I believe you can skip the first three books if you want. One of them is even an M/F *eek* ;) I hope you'll enjoy the book if you get to reading it. :)

    @Leontine: Grin, I'm just so darn happy for you! :) I'll go to bed with a wide smile on my face knowing you and your iPad are doing all right.
    And definitely try this Cameron Dane book when you enjoyed some of her other books. You'll like this one too, I think! :D

    @Lis: Thanks, hon! I'm glad to see you're back on the internet highway again. :)

  11. I like the sounds of this one! I can't remember what C Dane book I read last year but I really liked her writing style.

  12. That is one eye-catching cover. Thank you Janna - lovely review :)

  13. @KC: Hey hon! Good to see you. :)
    Yes, Cameron Dane's books are written in a pleasant writing style, which makes you turn the pages very fast. And the very smexy scenes are a bonus.

    @orannia: It is, isn't it? Thank you, hon. :D


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