Book Reviews

Gabe: Partners in Grime (The Brothers Grime 3) by Z.A. Maxfield

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-April-2021

Book Blurb

Can Gabe hold on to love in the face of disaster?

Gabe has loved elusive, closeted detective Dave Huntley since they were children. Unfortunately, he's had to watch from the sidelines as Dave makes his way through the available men in their lives. But on the very eve that Gabe senses things between him and Dave may be evolving exactly as he'd hoped, disaster occurs in the form of a violent liquor store robbery. Gabe is forced to put his desires on hold in order to help Dave heal from a head wound that damages Dave's memory and derails both their lives.

Caught between gratitude for Dave's recovery and the pain of lost intimacy between them, Gabe has to choose whether to share the truth or wait for Dave to recognize what Gabe's known all along: He and Dave belong together.

Can Gabe find the courage to place his faith in Dave, who must rediscover his past and make the tough journey from their shared trauma to a future free of fear?


Book Review

A closeted gay cop and the man who’s willing to love him no matter what, is a fairly common trope. It’s also one I don’t often read, namely because I tend to get very frustrated with the closeted individual. I know that’s really not fair of me. Being cisgender, heterosexual, and a woman, I have zero clue as to how it must feel to face the potential of losing everyone I care about because of my sexual preference. However, I’ve been wanting to read Dave and Gabe’s story ever since the very first ‘Brothers Grime’ book, so I held off on my preconceived notions (I tried really hard, anyway), and jumped in.


“If Gabe’s persistence was going to pay off, it would be because he put himself in Dave’s way at exactly the right time, in the right place, and stayed there until Dave simply couldn’t refuse him.” ~ Gabe


Gabe grew up with Jack, Eddie, and Dave, and he’s been in love with Dave for a very long time. Ever since Jack and Dave stopped their “benefits” arrangement, when Jack fell in love with Ryan, Gabe and Dave have been spending more time together. Gabe fully understands that Dave has no intention of ever coming out of the closet and that they can never be more than friends in public. Their entire relationship will always have to remain hidden. When Dave is injured in a convenience store robbery and loses his memories of the past several months, Gabe brings him to his house to recuperate, all the while acting as if they’ve never been more than friends.


Dave was mentally traumatized by what Jack endured when he came out in high school and that has colored his entire life since, at least in terms of admitting he’s gay to anyone other than his mom and his close friends. Waking up and realizing he has no memory of his most recent past leaves Dave feeling very discombobulated and not in control, which is something he needs. But being a detective means Dave has pretty good observational skills and it doesn’t take him long to realize there’s something Gabe, and his friends, are keeping from him.


“You hold me tight, but you never squeeze. For the first time in my life, I feel freer with someone than I feel alone. I want you to keep holding on.” ~ Dave


I really liked Gabe even though there were times that his willingness to fall on his sword drove me crazy. I appreciated the kind of man he was and the lengths he was willing to go for love and friendship. It took me a while with Dave, to be honest. Some of his attitudes rubbed me wrong and I had to step back, take a deep breath, and remember that I have never been in a position like his. In the end I came around and was rooting for Dave and Gabe to get their happy ever after.


I very much liked the way Z.A. Maxfield wrote this story. Sometimes with traumatic brain injuries and memory loss, the tale can go in several different ways. I thought that Gabe revealing who he really was to Dave as soon as Dave asked him about their relationship, was definitely the way to go. Gabe’s story was certainly filled with some angst and there were moments when I felt it dragged, but I believe my issues stem only from myself and have nothing to do with the author, the writing, or the book. I have enjoyed each installment in this series and I’m looking forward to more.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-January-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $10.52 paperback
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