Review: Crazy Joe by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly
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Crazy Joe is an M/M novella by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly and was originally released in 2015 as part of a multi-author series, Tales from the 77th Precinct, which funnily enough are stories about the same numbered precinct in different cities and states. This novella was a mix of comedy, mystery, and a bit of sex and romance. The story starts off with decorated police detective Montana Delray being transferred to the 77th Precinct of New Orleans after being caught having sex in a copy room with the son of his captain. Since this particular precinct is called the "funny farm" by everyone else, Montana expects to have the worst time ever and decides to wallow in his misery. And then he meets his new partner, Joe Hunter, nicknamed "Crazy Joe" because of his psychic abilities. Can a hard-nosed detective and one who reads minds and senses things work together? When they stumble upon a conspiracy involving drug trafficking and an exclusive sex club involving sex dolls, things become even more interesting for Montana and Joe...
This was a crazy read. From the moment Detective Montana Delray gets his leather shoes peed on by some guy singing outside the 77th Precinct, it seemed as if he had entered some weird dimension where almost everyone was bit nuts. While Detective Joe Hunter may have had certain psychic abilities, I wouldn't consider the man crazy, though that thing he did with Montana while they were hiding from certain individuals they were investigating seemed weird enough. The first part of the book was funny and zany, but then it just started to get over-the-top strange that my eyebrows were either furrowed in confusion or raised in disbelief. That being said, I actually liked both Montana and Joe, though I think the whole insta-love thing was far-fetched. They worked well together and they were believable as a possible couple in the making. If I had to base my rating on them alone, I'd give this novella a four-star rating. The story, however, just went bonkers, and I'd give that two stars. So, averaging both, Crazy Joe receives three stars. ♥
Date Read: October 11, 2016
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