Author: Fifer Rose
Publisher: Independent (December 1, 2022)
Kindle edition, ?? pages
Romance, Adult contemporary M/M romance
Detective Micah Hart wasn’t sure when his fairly safe, predictable life became something more closely resembling a dumpster fire.
But if he had to pinpoint an exact moment, he would say it was the first time he went undercover as a prostitute in an attempt to bait the notorious serial killer that was stalking New York City’s streets – the media-dubbed Hooker Hunter.
It’s when Damon Romano plows into his life, with his fierce protective energy, and those thick thighs, and the bluest pair of eyes Micah has ever seen.
If only he wasn’t also a temperamental mafioso in charge of running one of the city’s largest criminal empires.
Damon fixates on Micah, obsessing over feeding him and making sure he always has a coat. He spoils him rotten with gifts and insists on taking Micah on as his personal escort – a “boyfriend” to get his nagging sisters off his back.
It’s weirdly sweet, and Micah doesn’t know how he’s become a soft spot in the ruthless man’s otherwise hardened exterior, but it would be a lie to say he didn’t want even more: a real relationship with Damon.
There was just one teensy, tiny problem with that.
Despite what Damon thinks, Micah isn’t actually a prostitute. He’s a cop for the NYPD.
Pretty Policeman is an M/M billionaire mafia romance, sprinkled liberally with rom-com elements, served with a side helping of sugar daddy kink and mistaken identity trope.
I don’t even LIKE mafia romance, except I guess now I do? Because Pretty Policeman has made me a convert, I think. I guess if any of them are as good as this, I’d better read more mafia romance and romantic suspense. …Dangit, haha.
I can’t believe this is Fifer Rose’s DEBUT novel! WHAT?! It’s a masterpiece!
I loved Micah from the first moment. His relationship with Tessa had me laughing out loud, and I love their banter.
And then Damon – ohhhhhh, Damon. There’s legit one line – here:
“Excuse me? For all you knew, I could have been dead under a bridge somewhere.”
“Well, I’d hoped not,” Damon said, “because then I would have had to burn the entire city to the ground.”
YESSSSSSSS, omg. Damon is this super dangerous mob boss (which I thought Fifer Rose was taking it in one direction where he was being forced into a role and turning things around, but HELLO, nope, the reality is SO MUCH BETTER) who is a marshmallow for Micah and Micah only. Swoon. Yes. I love me a hero with those delicious “touch them and die” vibes. And Micah is so torn because 1) he’s a cop and Damon is a freaking mafia boss and he should not in any way, shape or form want him so much and 2) he really hates that he’s lying to him about who he is.
I love that level of angst where [redacted] is so bleak and depressed over the third act conflict that he can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t even manage to shower. Life isn’t worth living if you’re not in it. Delicious. My heart cracked in two and I may have legit cried, who can say, I’ll never tell.
I did see the big drama of the police procedural plot coming from a mile away, and I really wasn’t expecting to be quite to vicious and disturbing. It just made it hurt more, and made the eventual ending that much sweeter, but definitely check out the content warnings on this one.
I can’t wait to read more by Fifer Rose, she’s definitely an author to watch!!
CW: Murder, rape, physical violence
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.