Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review: 'Federal Affair' by Aiden Bates

Oregon author Aiden Bates began his writing career in journalism (his degree is in both journalism and creative writing) but his fascination/passion for writing romance erotica won him over and we are the grateful recipients of that decision. ‘ With a fun and playful outlook in his writing, he's committed to bring back quality works with a twist only he can bring to the table. In his free time he enjoys reading smut, going to Bartini and writing in the third person.’ He now has close to 50 novels and short stories to his credit. This is the first volume of his NEVER TOO LATE series (there are now 6 volumes, so explore…).

By this time readers usually do not need to have terminology of the erotic genre explained, but if some clarification helps any reader new to Aiden’s story a quick explanation of terms is offered: Mpreg = Male Pregnancy and refers to stories featuring a male character capable of conceiving and/or carrying a child within their own body. The impregnator is the Alpha male and the receptor of the impregnation is the Omega male.

Aiden takes this concept and handles it superbly. The story is complex, in a good way, but Aiden manages to outline it as follows: ‘A federal agent assigned to a bizarre case in New England. A Vice cop on a temporary assignment with the Cold Case squad. They’re only here until the case is closed, but will that be enough to contain their passion? Alex Marley is not your typical FBI agent, and he’s not your typical omega. When the Bureau sends him up to Massachusetts, to work a bizarre case that washed up on the shores of Plum Island, he’s not impressed until he meets Pat Tessaro. The alpha is tall, dark, handsome – and messy. Alex knows he shouldn’t get involved. He’s only here to solve the case, but he can’t stay away from the handsome cop. Pat Tessaro isn’t surprised when he gets suddenly reassigned to Cold Case. They call it a loan, but he knows it’s retaliation. When he sees the agent the FBI sent to help out with the case, he can’t find a reason to object. The case takes a bizarre turn, and they have to focus on solving it rather than each other. Can they find a way to make their feelings clear before they solve the case?’

A sample of Aiden’s continuing maturation in writing style is evident throughout the romance – such as ‘Alex let his eyes trail over the squat brick building that housed the Massachusetts State Police. As state police headquarters went, it wasn't a bad building. He'd seen worse, that was for sure. He'd seen better, but that was mostly in states that needed the public works projects. The state police headquarters in Massachusetts was no more than it should have been — a workplace, pure and simple, where the business of keeping the Commonwealth safe got done. Alex had no idea why the aesthetics should bother him so much. He slammed the door of his bureau vehicle, a standard black American SUV with tinted windows, a little harder than necessary and headed toward the main entrance. As he stalked toward the door he felt eyes on him, which wasn't exactly unusual. He stood out here. He stood out everywhere, but the black SUV didn't really help. He let himself look. He had his Bureau-issued sunglasses, so he didn't have to be too worried about anyone noticing. They might think he looked like a twerp for wearing sunglasses on such
a cloudy day, but whatever. Alex had driven up from Quantico on short notice. He was tired and grumpy, and he didn't much care what kind of a twerp he looked like. None of the uniformed troopers were staring. They had too much to do.’

With each book Aiden Bates grows as an artist and his audience grows in loyalty! Grady Harp, June 17

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