Review: Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted September 9, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Grime and Punishment by Z.A. Maxfield
Grime and Punishment
by Z.A. Maxfield

3.5 Stars


Released: May 7, 2013
Series: The Brothers Grime #1
Published by Loose ID
Pages: 176


While not my favorite of ZAM’s books, GRIME AND PUNISHMENT still holds a lot of appeal. It’s quite a different take that I haven’t seen on M/M but still ansty and good regardless. ~ Under the Covers

Z.A. Maxfield gets some bonus marks for writing a series about a job cleaning up crime scenes. You don’t see it often and that’s one of the things that caught my attention in the first place. This book felt a little different in terms of tone from the usual ZAM book. There’s still some great dialogue and fun moments, but ZAM also focuses on secrets as well as some far more darker emotions that you will see when you read the book.

Jack Masteron is an ex-firefighter who suffered from an injury. He is now cleaning up crime scenes. He gets a call from Detective Huntley that his first love, Nick Halloran has committed suicide. Instead of mourning that, Jack believes that cleaning up the mess will help him find closure. Why? I have no idea, but it opens up a can of worms that makes for a good story.

As Jack does this morbid task, he meets Ryan Holloran, Nick’s cousin and this is really where the torment lies. The resemblance is striking and takes Jack a minute to process what is in front of him. There’s a lot of strength in this book, but since it’s coming from a dark place, there is also a lot of time spent on trying to shred that pain until Jack finds it within himself to love again.

While not my favorite of ZAM’s books, GRIME AND PUNISHMENT still holds a lot of appeal. It’s quite a different take that I haven’t seen on M/M but still ansty and good regardless.

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About Z.A. Maxfield

ZAM started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

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I just got this one to read. I’m intrigued by the darker tone you mention. Thanks for sharing!

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I hope you enjoy, Sophia!


Thanks Ann!