I just finished reading A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas. I read it back when it was new but didn’t remember much more than one of the MCs being an ultra marathon runner.
Christopher Hayes is a San Diego Detective who’s brother is a paedophile who kills himself on Christopher’s birthday. He leaves a note behind that lets Christopher know there’s another paedophile in town and that he has to stop it.
I liked the beginning of the book a lot, but it’s pretty easy to figure out who the bad guy is, and despite the FBI agents telling Christopher, the love interest Doug, and Christopher’s partner from San Diego what good Detectives they are, I found them to be pretty slow on figuring it out.
But, if you’re in the mood for some creepy bad guys, some hot Detectives, and a lot of running you should give it a go.
Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.
When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother’s suicide, he doesn’t expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother’s case. He certainly doesn’t mind spending more time with Doug—but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.
As they investigate, they discover Christopher’s dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer….