I want to welcome Hayley B. James to GGR-Review today. Hayley’s here to promote her new release Undercover Addiction. She is giving us some insight into the reoccuring characters from Book 1, Undercover Sins and the differences between the 2 books. You don’t want to miss out on the Giveaway so be sure to read through to the end to enter. You can also visit the GGR-Review, Hayley B. James Author page to find out more about her and see the other books she has authored.
Thank you Scott and GGR-Review for hosting me today! Undercover Addiction is a part of the Secret Sin series. The first book is Undercover Sins—my first published novel. I’ve learned a lot since then and applied that experience and knowledge to Undercover Addiction. Today I’ll be talking about reoccurring characters from Sins in Addiction, but also about some of the differences in the two novels.
As Connor’s Sergeant, Gabriel Carter runs a task force designed to handle human trafficking in Seattle. The task force is Gabriel’s pride and joy and he takes his job seriously. Evan Fallow is directing his first case with the FBI in Seattle. The men working under him lack trust and confidence in his abilities but Evan does his best with the case burdened by low morale and unlucky circumstance. If you’ve read the first book, Gabriel and Evan might sound familiar. Both men appear in Undercover Sins, but their past is not a major factor in Undercover Addiction, so you won’t be confused if you skip the first.
Undercover Sins takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a looser sense of reality of the underworld human trafficking market. It’s also a bit more gritty and violent, and has dubious consent with the main character—which doesn’t happen in Undercover Addiction. For Undercover Addiction’s story, I wanted it set in a stricter real-world reality, but I tried to match the backdrop of the cruelty of human trafficking. I also included an asphyxiation scene because it fit Connor and Riley’s relationship, and I recently discovered how much I enjoy that kink in my MM romance. If it hadn’t fit them it wouldn’t have been included, but I am so glad those two needed some steamy choking. Both couples from Sins and Addiction suffer from the inability to keep their distance from each other.
Working Vice for the Seattle PD, Connor Bishop’s favorite part of the job is going undercover. His current assignment is to get close to Riley Drapeau, a human trafficker backed into a corner by the FBI and turned informant. Connor needs to milk him for information on his organization, but while doing so, sees an entirely different Riley than he expected.
Caught off balance, Connor relies heavily on Lucas, his outside man and only link to the real world, but he gets sucked in by Riley and his attempt to clear his name and prove his partners fabricated evidence to frame him.
Up to his eyeballs in the dark world of trafficking, Connor finds it easier to believe Riley than what the FBI is saying, especially when a leak is uncovered within the Bureau. The choices Connor has to make become even more difficult when Lucas admits he has feelings for him and promises a safe life far from harm. But Connor can’t deny the only man he wants to be with is Riley. Which forces him to decide if his addiction to the dangerous side of life can include loving a criminal.
A soft knock stole Gabriel’s attention, and Connor heard the door open. He caught Gabriel’s change of expression the moment his gaze darted to the door. It was nothing but a softening of his smile, but Connor had never seen his sergeant look at someone in such a way. He quickly turned his head to see who had entered.
“Am I interrupting?”
A man with brown hair and eyes like dark honey caught Connor’s gaze. Connor opened his mouth but couldn’t form a reply. He’d met his fair share of gorgeous men, but this particular man dressed in a gray suit and standing in the doorway was breathtaking.
“No, you’re not,” Gabriel said. “Evan, this is detective Connor Bishop. Connor, this is Supervisory Special Agent Evan Fallow.”
Connor stood up and shook Evan’s hand. Connor matched Gabriel’s height at six feet, but he stood a few inches shorter than Evan. “It’s nice to meet you.”
“Likewise.” Evan grinned and slid his free hand into his pocket. He carried a folder marked with the unmistakable logo of the FBI. “I’ve heard a lot about you. I hope Gabe doesn’t mind me saying, but he worried about you every night.”
Gabe. Every night. “You must be his boyfriend,” Connor assumed. “Sergeant hates being called Gabe.”
“I’d like to think I’m more than just a boyfriend.” Evan looked at Gabriel and winked.
Connor suddenly felt like he was interrupting something private. “I should go.”
“You don’t have to go, Connor.” Gabriel gave Evan a pointed look. “You can stay if you need to. Evan is here on a work-related errand.”
Connor glanced at Evan, seeking confirmation. Evan held up the folder and grinned. “This is actually filled with pictures of cats I found on the Internet. The feline is truly the perfect house pet that offers hours of amusement. And I can write lunch off on my income taxes if I carry around a folder and talk in an important voice.”
Connor chuckled at what he figured was a joke. “No. I really do need to go. I have to—what did you tell me to do again?” he asked Gabriel. “Oh, right. Shop for groceries.”
“And see a movie,” Gabriel said. “Call me if you want to talk. I’m always available.”
Connor knew his sergeant had good intentions. He would understand Connor’s struggle because he had lived his own version of it, but somehow Connor knew putting his self-doubts and nightmares into words would only worsen things. He would face his average, regular life with a smile and take the transition into law-abiding society in stride. The two halves of Connor Bishop would play nice and put his undercover persona of Caleb to rest. At least for a little while.