Books and Badges

book one of the Books and Badges series

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Theodore Eckart’s whole life has been flipped upside down. After a night gone incredibly wrong, he’s finally worked himself out of an abusive marriage. He’s living on his own, raising his daughter alone, and working on figuring out life alone. It isn’t east, and finding ways to trust people again — especially men — isn’t exactly written anywhere in a manual for him.

Russell Steele is a homicide detective in Illinois. Shortly after Theodore’s night gone wrong, Russell was the one who found and arrested the man’s abusive husband. Russell’s recently come out as bisexual, and dating life hasn’t been kind to him since. Those who want long term relationships aren’t ‘into’ the bisexual deal, and those who are fine with it aren’t looking for long term.

But after a chance meeting at a bookstore where Theodore works, the two quickly hit it off. Trust isn’t easy for Theodore, but Russell sure as hell makes it seem like it, and Theodore offers the benefit of not caring who Russell’s interested in. They like each other, so what the hell does the rest matter for?

Can a new relationship thrive when one man is still recovering from an abusive relationship and all the mental and physical scars? When one man has a child to raise? When the other has a job that could call him out of the house at any time of the night? A job that he could walk into alive and never come back out again?


Table of Contents

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Chapter Twenty-Nine
Chapter Thirty
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-Two
Chapter Thirty-Three
Chapter Thirty-Four
Chapter Thirty-Five
Chapter Thirty-Six
Chapter Thirty-Seven
Chapter Thirty-Eight
Chapter Thirty-Nine
Chapter Forty
Chapter Forty-One
Chapter Forty-Two
Chapter Forty-Three
Chapter Forty-Four
Chapter Forty-Five
Chapter Forty-Six
Chapter Forty-Seven
Chapter Forty-Eight
Chapter Forty-Nine


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