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West Coast Forensics series by Elle Keaton

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Dirty Dog Press
20 May 2021
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Two men on opposite sides of the law: will they be able to set aside their differences and trust love?

Danylo Peters has issues, lots of them. He’s not on Piedras Island by accident, he’s not a nice guy, and Peters isn’t his real name. Dany’s hiding, trying to escape his family’s influence and start a new life. But he must have been born under a bad sign because the very man he’s really running from is one of the first he runs into.

A new life in a new town seemed like the right decision for Soren Jorgenson, especially after a difficult case left him recovering from a gunshot wound and lonely as he’d ever been. Finding Dany living on Piedras brings back all the feelings he’d tried to lock away. He’s angry and bitter and Dany is not going to continue to get away with his old tricks. Too bad Dany is just as compelling as he ever was.

The two men find themselves on opposite sides of Soren’s first case on Piedras, but neither is able to deny the attraction between them. They keep finding themselves in compromising situations; if they’re found out there will be Real Trouble.

Real Trouble is set in the Veiled Intentions world, while familiar characters appear Real Trouble can be read as a standalone. Real Trouble is a dual POV following Soren Jorgenson and Danylo Peters as they fight their way to their HEA and is the first in the new West Coast Forensics series. These characters originally appeared in the Shielded Hearts series (formally Accidental Roots).

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Reviewed By: Josh Dale


The story is based on a west coast island known as Piedras, which is pretty much a holiday resort with a small community.

We have Dany Peters aka Danylo Petyr, The son from a well-known crime gang on the mainland. He goes by the name of Dany Peters and has moved to the island try and escape from his crime family. Desperate to live a normal life, and not be shadowed by his family’s reputation He is the new chef at a vacation resort/ hotel.

Dany’s new world is turned upside down when comes face to face with Soren the guy he left in a hospital bed, in the hopes his family would not touch Soren.

Soren has taken a job as a sergeant at the island’s police station. Hoping to have a fresh start and to finally put to rest his memories and hurt of Dany’s disappearance. When an investigation of a fire at the hotel/resort puts them in the same room. So many emotions explode between the two.

I found the dynamics between the two characters interesting, whilst there was explosive sexual chemistry between them, there was so much hurt and anger between them too.

The hotel fire is just a start of a chain of events, which include a murder, and another fire. The investigation /mystery is well written and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next and who is behind the events, and as a true crime story there is one or two misleading events to keep the reader on their toes.

I connected and enjoyed both characters, but I must admit I have a soft spot for Dany who believes his is guilty of his family’s actions by association.

I liked that the guys had a lot of baggage to work through and though their attraction led them to bed a few times. Their relationship is not instantly healed. Far from it. But as the story progresses, they realise that they are meant for each other, if only they can work out their past.

The investigation into the incidents builds up nicely and is neither rushed or too slow. The secondary characters are a mixed bunch with colourful personalities. The island itself, I would live there if, the crimes had not happened. I am not so sure now lol.

An enjoyable and exciting read that you are drawn into the characters lives and can not help but root for them.

Whilst this book is the start of a new series, The two main characters first appeared in “When It Rains” from the “Accidental Roots” series. There is also a prequel to this book which is available free from Elle Keaton’s website. Whilst it is not necessary to read either, I think it would add to the reader experience to read at least the prequel, to get the full background of what happened between Danny and Soren a few years before this book starts.


“I’m sorry. Let’s talk about something else. What’s your favorite?” He traced his index finger down Dany’s hoodie-covered back. He was taut, filled with potential energy. Soren wanted to harness that energy in a way that would benefit both of them. Maybe sex was the best way they had of talking right now. The words would come later. He prayed the pizza didn’t arrive earlier than expected.

Dany scowled at him over his shoulder. “My favorite what?”

“Your favorite Disney movie? Your favorite color? Your favorite food?”

“Do I have to answer all of those?”

Soren suppressed a grin. “No, don’t answer any of them if you don’t want to.” He traced another line down Dany’s back. Dany shivered and rolled his shoulders, and they settled a little lower.

“I guess I liked Lion King.”

“Oh yeah? What’s that about?”

Soren did kind of know Lion King, but he wanted to hear what Dany would say about it.

“Jealous uncle wants to be king, kills his brother, takes the throne. You know, Mafia family drama, only with lions.”

“So you’re saying it hits a bit close to home?”

“Asshole.” Dany lifted one shoulder. “Maybe.”

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To celebrate the release of Real Trouble,

Elle is giving away a $20 Amazon Voucher!



Elle Keaton writes contemporary gay romance and MM romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest. Elle’s books are known for their hot mm romance, complex characters, and unique sense of place. The men start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle published first in 2017, now she has over seventeen books available for you to read or listen to. She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

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