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As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isnt the first time Tony has gone undercover, but its the first time hes wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He cant help itJack Halloran is just the kind of As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo. Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?


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As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isnt the first time Tony has gone undercover, but its the first time hes wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He cant help itJack Halloran is just the kind of As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo. Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?

30 review for The Trouble With Tony

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted I generally like dark, gritty stories that are troubling, unsettling and reveal human nature in all its beauty and wickedness. Every once in a while, though, I need a break and enjoy a light, humorous and warm-hearted story that makes me smile and love humanity for at least a few minutes. After glancing at the cover and title, I just knew that The Trouble With Tony would be a lot of fun. Tony DeMarco is an ex-cop turned P.I. hired by the parents of a young woman who died Posted at Shelf Inflicted I generally like dark, gritty stories that are troubling, unsettling and reveal human nature in all its beauty and wickedness. Every once in a while, though, I need a break and enjoy a light, humorous and warm-hearted story that makes me smile and love humanity for at least a few minutes. After glancing at the cover and title, I just knew that The Trouble With Tony would be a lot of fun. Tony DeMarco is an ex-cop turned P.I. hired by the parents of a young woman who died of a drug overdose. Further investigation reveals that Marilyn White received treatment at Seattle’s Expanded Horizons, a sex therapy clinic that not only treats sexual dysfunction, but also specializes in surrogacy. Dr. Jack Halloran, an ex-combat surgeon who was seriously wounded and suffers PTSD, is one of the suspects. The doctor respects his patients’ rights to confidentiality, so it is tough to get any kind of information from him. Tony decides the only way to solve this case is to become Jack’s patient. Since Jack doesn't believe Tony’s story about being a sex addict, Tony decides to tell him the truth – that he is unable to find Mr. Right and has only ever enjoyed sex with four guys, the last relationship being two years ago. First, the doctor has to rule out physical causes and conducts an examination. “Five minutes, it’ll be over. Five minutes, it’ll be over. Yeah, but during those five minutes, a murder suspect is going to be looking at my dick. How did that happen?” Now, Tony’s “picky dick” is at attention whenever Jack is around, leading him to think that Jack will be number five. The mystery was lightweight and predictable, but it is the relationship that develops between Jack and Tony that is the focus of this story. Serious issues, like Jack’s PTSD and previous injuries take a back seat to the humorous banter and hot sexy times. This story was warm, funny, entertaining, and made me feel all sunny inside. I will definitely be reading more by this author. *Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick Pageant

    Another winner from Eli Easton. This concerns Tony, a P.I. who, while working on a murder investigation, has to pose as a patient at a sex-therapy clinic. There is not much of a mystery, but I was fine with that. The writing is witty and fun. The sex is smokin' and I was made to realize that I have a medical kink. Books help us grow!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Macky

    I said on my first update I was rubbing my hands with glee because I only discovered Eli when I read Superhero a couple of weeks ago and like a lot of my fellow readers I fell in love with Eli's easy, witty style of writing so when I saw this was due for release pretty much on its tail I was really excited. The fact that it was set in a sex clinic where the lead character has to go undercover as a patient, sounded awesome and the couple of funny, teaser excerpts I read had my mouth watering but I said on my first update I was rubbing my hands with glee because I only discovered Eli when I read Superhero a couple of weeks ago and like a lot of my fellow readers I fell in love with Eli's easy, witty style of writing so when I saw this was due for release pretty much on its tail I was really excited. The fact that it was set in a sex clinic where the lead character has to go undercover as a patient, sounded awesome and the couple of funny, teaser excerpts I read had my mouth watering but sometimes the anticipation can outweigh the reality so I set off reading hoping and praying that I wouldn't be deflated by disappointment by the end of it. Yaaay! Happy Dance and More please! Disappointed... No freaking way. I absolutely loved it! Tony De Marco is an Italian hottie ex cop who having been shot in the line of duty has left the force has become a PI and when he is asked by a couple to investigate the suspicious death of their daughter, he goes to see his cop friend Mark who gives him a lead to a sex clinic where he is thrown into the path of the sexy Dr Jack Halloran, ex combat surgeon turned sex therapist due to injury in the field which has sadly ended his career as a surgeon and left him with PTSD but this man is no pushover. Their first couple of meetings had me laughing out loud when Tony tries to lie his way into the clinic and set the scene for a funny, sexy, witty murder mystery which kept me smiling and connected all the way through. The fact that Tony really did have a sexual problem relating to his " Picky Dick " ( lmao ) made it all the funnier and of course his instant attraction to Jack and vice versa gave Eli plenty of scope for some * ahem * naughty sex therapies and sizzling sexual tension! And I do love me some tasty UST. Having said all that though, the story is never reduced to just silly porny smut, I thought the doctor/ patient conflict was addressed and handled brilliantly and the murder mystery whilst never being over complicated, still ran interestingly in the background whilst the relationship between the two main guys took centre stage. Considering the length of the book it was paced well but really its the sparky romance between Tony and Jack that carries the book for me. Great chemistry. It certainly ticked all my boxes and has made any book by this author an absolute auto buy for me now. YA, historical and now adult m/m, it seems she can turn her hand to anything...thankfully I have one story The Lion and the Crow to read by the talented Eli Easton but I'm hoping its still not long before the next one arrives. FAB-U-LOUS!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    I really enjoyed this author's YA Superhero and when I saw she had a new story coming out and the story takes place in a sex clinic I jumped on it , held it down and devoured it. Not sure what that says about me, but I just couldn't resist and didn't really want to either. Tony is a PI in Seattle, he left the police force after being injured in a shooting and as much as he loves his big and boisterous Italian family in NY, he has his reasons for living all the way across the country. His Ma and I really enjoyed this author's YA Superhero and when I saw she had a new story coming out and the story takes place in a sex clinic I jumped on it , held it down and devoured it. Not sure what that says about me, but I just couldn't resist and didn't really want to either. Tony is a PI in Seattle, he left the police force after being injured in a shooting and as much as he loves his big and boisterous Italian family in NY, he has his reasons for living all the way across the country. His Ma and four older brothers topping that list of reasons. Jack Halloran is a war hero and surgeon but a war injury took away his ability to operate and with his PTSD he had trouble getting a job. With a little more training he is now working at a clinic that helps people with problems in their sex life. There Jack has his boss, sex surrogates and an annoying receptionist to deal with, although I wished for a few more of Jack's cases in this book. Alas we only have Tony's issues to deal with. Tony has been hired by Marilyn White's parents since the police ruled her death an accidental overdose. To investigate he needs to go to the Expanded Horizons clinic and see what he can find out. He figures he can may as well kill two birds with one stone. My main enjoyment of this story came from Tony. He's a big tough ex-cop, but he has let's say...issues. His thoughts about his penis and sex had me chuckling and occasionally cringing in embarrassment for him. Here's just one example, which I of course whole heartedly agree with: “Lesson learned: Never trust the judgment of erectile tissue” Tony can't talk about sex straight out, no he needs euphemisms like this one when talking about masturbation : "Doc! You’re killing me. Can you call it something else? Like ‘tenderizing the steak’? I’d feel better." He also has a very 'picky dick' . Exactly what that means I'll let stay a mystery. There is attraction between these two, but Jack knows he can't overstep the doctor-patient line and Tony hasn't been completely honest with Jack why he's at the clinic seeking treatment. The mystery isn't all that mysterious and it's pretty clear from the beginning whodunit. That didn't diminish my fun at all, Tony is silly and sweet, and despite a small bit of serious the story was a quick light hearted humorous read with few but steamy sex scenes. After reading three stories by Eli Easton, she is quickly moving to my auto-buy list.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Written February 22, 2015 2 1/2 Stars - ....Sigh!! The Trouble With Tony is Eli Easton's first novella in the 'Sex in Seattle' series. Book #1 is about the former cop nowadays P.I., Tony DeMarco and Dr. Jack Halloran, a physician / therapist in a local sex clinic. I listened to the 3:12 hours audiobook narrated by Tommy O'Brien. . Sigh! Its so sad but this audiobook didn't do it for me I felt it at once, oh no.... This narrator just made me annoyed and I rolled my eyes. I know it was supposed to Written February 22, 2015 2 1/2 Stars - ....Sigh!! The Trouble With Tony is Eli Easton's first novella in the 'Sex in Seattle' series. — Book #1 is about the former cop nowadays P.I., Tony DeMarco and Dr. Jack Halloran, a physician / therapist in a local sex clinic. I listened to the 3:12 hours audiobook narrated by Tommy O'Brien. . Sigh! It’s so sad but this audiobook didn't do it for me I felt it at once, oh no.... This narrator just made me annoyed and I rolled my eyes. I know it was supposed to be a fun, cute and sexy story, but I didn't feel that. *********************************************************** # You shall never give up... I usully give up on books I don't like (as in "like a lot" - why waste time?) and leave them for later (or never). This wasn't a very long book so I hanged on. - My mistake (you usually never see any 2 stars reviews from me). # Sometimes is it simply just the wrong day... Or perhaps the wrong listener. A new day and a new feel (this morning) and it actully felt a little bit better those last minutes. - That 1/2 star come there. # But I must be honest... The Trouble With Tony wasn't for me. Not this time. Not as an audiobook listening at least. I should probably stopped my audio-app and saved this novella to be READ later (and maybe enjoyed much more). ~ Sorry Ms. Easton, I usually like your stories. My advice: Read some happy reviews by some e-books readers who enjoyed this (to be) comic M/M romance novella. *********************************************************** I LIKE - ...no, not so much this time

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    The premise is cheeky enough for me to feel giddy about it prior to start reading. It involves a private investigator who goes undercover as a patient at a sex clinic(!) in order to find out if the sex therapist/doctor involved in a patient's death. However, do not expect something resembling to mystery/thriller -- this is more of a light, fluffy, humorous, contemporary romance. The mystery is not deep (and the actual suspect is no surprise). I am having such a great time reading Tony's lust The premise is cheeky enough for me to feel giddy about it prior to start reading. It involves a private investigator who goes undercover as a patient at a sex clinic(!) in order to find out if the sex therapist/doctor involved in a patient's death. However, do not expect something resembling to mystery/thriller -- this is more of a light, fluffy, humorous, contemporary romance. The mystery is not deep (and the actual suspect is no surprise). I am having such a great time reading Tony's lust thoughts over Jack and the problem with his Picky Dick. The story has insta-lust but never reached into insta-sex/insta-love. Throughout, Tony is trying so hard to prove that Jack is not guilty, because OMG Jack is working wonders to Tony's dick!! While Jack is trying to keep the boundaries due to his being Tony's doctor. A very good formula for entertaining read. And OMG, the scene involving a massage and a stirrup? Whoa, SENSUAL and HOT! Both Tony and Jack are likeable characters. Sure, Jack is written as having scars and nightmares over his time in Iraq. But it never goes into angst/depressing territory. Again, this I appreciate. Sometimes I need my fluffy stuffs. If I have complains, it's that Ms. Easton seems to like using analogy, but after awhile, it feels a bit excessive, and the humorous tone feels forced. Luckily, this is a novella length, so my irritation is manageable. All in all, I think Eli Easton has written another good read -- and she has become one of the authors I look out for. PS: One of the secondary characters, Michael, a sex surrogate, is really REALLY adorable. Unfortunately, his story will be the third ones, and not the second one *pout*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    This was a funny story, light and fluffy. I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to book 2 in the series. 4.5 stars and Shortie review for this one as some other good ones have already been done. I loved the characters of Tony and Jack, the situation that they found themselves in and the fact that neither wanted to give the other up, Tony in particular was very funny and the excuses he kept coming up with for visiting the sex clinic and continuing his 'treatment' were quite comical, thanks This was a funny story, light and fluffy. I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to book 2 in the series. 4.5 stars and Shortie review for this one as some other good ones have already been done. I loved the characters of Tony and Jack, the situation that they found themselves in and the fact that neither wanted to give the other up, Tony in particular was very funny and the excuses he kept coming up with for visiting the sex clinic and continuing his 'treatment' were quite comical, thanks Mr Picky Dick...oh, and let's not forget, the hot parts were hot!! Yes, we all knew who the baddie was, and that it would just be a matter of time before enough evidence was collected to convict him, but the ride to get to that point was great. Many thanks once again Eli, and looking forward to Michael's story in book 3.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SheReadsALot

    February's Author of the Month 4.5 Hearts "But...if two people who are right for each other can meet in a bar, why can't they meet in a doctor's office?" Really, why can't they? Especially if they have a good connection like the two main characters did in Eli Easton's "The Trouble with Tony", the first book in the Sex in Seattle series. I know I'm sure I'd get a lot of ethics arguments but just give this book a try and see why I agree with the quote. Eli Easton delivers a sexy, funny February's Author of the Month 4.5 Hearts "But...if two people who are right for each other can meet in a bar, why can't they meet in a doctor's office?" Really, why can't they? Especially if they have a good connection like the two main characters did in Eli Easton's "The Trouble with Tony", the first book in the Sex in Seattle series. I know I'm sure I'd get a lot of ethics arguments but just give this book a try and see why I agree with the quote. Eli Easton delivers a sexy, funny novella about sex. I should say a sex clinic. And what I am learning with this author, she gives excellent dialogue. My third book that I've read from this author and another slam dunk. Tony is an ex-cop turned private investigator. He's a Brooklyn implant with an Italian Catholic background. He has yet to come out to his family so the thousand miles between his tight knit family helps. He's investigating a  murder and has to pretend to be a patient for a sex clinic in Seattle. But the thing is, he actually does suffer from an ailment. According to Tony, he has "picky dick". Before you start trying to figure out if you have that, it's a pretty simple diagnosis. Not telling you what it is...you'll have to read to find out. But just note it's hilarious reading Tony's near panic attack discussing his 'ailment' to the other main character, while being attracted to him and pretending to be a patient but he sorta, kinda is. And Dr. Jack Halloran...yum, yum, yum! Blonde, a wounded ex-solider who is not super tall but don't let his height fool you. He can kick ass. He's battling PTSD while trying not to be depressed about not being able to practice surgery. His job as a sex therapist seems to be going well for him until he meets Tony, whom he thinks is a patient. These two struggle to deny the heat between them but it's there. Oh, it's there. "What's that I smell? Oh yum. Sexual tension." He winked, licked his finger, and planted it in the air with a sizzle sound.  Michael, the saucy sex surrogate at the clinic, nailed it with that line. (I think I am going to like Michael's book coming out later on this year) The sexual tension is everything, it outshines the murder mystery, in my opinion because I devoured the words waiting for these two to finally succumb to their desires. And when they finally do...explosive. Hint: a memorable hand job. ;D The clinic and how it is run is pretty interesting. I definitely will be reading the rest of this series because I find the profession or sex surrogacy intriguing and sex therapy as well. Tony has one cloying mother...she asks about his BM at one point. Oh man, she has a tight grip on her son. But it's out of love so it didn't annoy me. But I can see where Tony gets his hangups about sex. "Sad, isn't it? I've already ordered the tombstone for my penis at Everlasting Hills," Tony agreed morosely. "What about masturbation?" Tony groaned. "Doc! You're killing me. Can you call it something else? Like 'tenderizing the steak'? I'd feel better." And Tony has other euphemisms for sexual acts. It's quite hilarious reading that Catholic boy squirm and sweat when talking about sex. The story progressed at nice pace, it's closer to novella in length. I liked Jack a lot, he was a cool customer struggling to deny how he felt for Tony. I do love a good struggle. Makes the coupling hotter, in my opinion. There was a little medical kink...it was light. It's my first brush with this particular kink in a book (what I can remember) but it was tame comparing to some of the other examples I've heard from...er, sources. All in all, the sex was vanilla. And it ends with a HEA. Loved the epilogue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Seriously, Eli Easton's books are so fucking adorable. And this one is no exception. Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    There are more than a few reasons I stop and pause when an Easton book catches my eye. The first is to check and see if Ive ticked that box already. If not, I take a quick second to scan the blurb. And then ninety-nine percent of the time, Im raising my hand or slipping in line. I adore Eastons smooth and easy style. I love her balanced combo of sweet and sexy with a heavy dose of witty charm. Im always smitten with her guys. Always. And I cant wait to discover their past as we reach for their There are more than a few reasons I stop and pause when an Easton book catches my eye. The first is to check and see if I’ve ticked that box already. If not, I take a quick second to scan the blurb. And then ninety-nine percent of the time, I’m raising my hand or slipping in line. I adore Easton’s smooth and easy style. I love her balanced combo of sweet and sexy with a heavy dose of witty charm. I’m always smitten with her guys. Always. And I can’t wait to discover their past as we reach for their happily ever after. When I heard she was re-releasing her first series I was over the moon. So, if you missed Sex in Seattle the first time around as I did, let me tell you why you shouldn’t let it pass by again… What's to like: I can’t decide if I’m a Tony girl or a Jack girl but I’m definitely a Jack and Tony girl. Yep. Both of the guys are great but fabulous together. Jack loathes to admit it but he’s still healing from his combat days. Even though he wasn’t a soldier wielding a weapon, he was a surgeon wielding sutures and a silent prayer. As it often goes in war, not all prayers are answered. PTSD followed him home and he continues to builds walls around the brittle peace he yearned for. Working as a sex therapist has begun to fill his empty wells but he’s far from content. Until fate delivers a new patient to his office along with a coveted possibility. Jack is a strong-willed man with strong ethics. He’s never been tempted by a patient before. But then again, he hadn’t met Tony DeMarco yet either. What's to love: I LOVED the forbidden love double play here. Jack can’t get involved with a patient and Tony can’t get involved with a potential suspect on a case. The sexual tension was pulsating like an abscessed tooth…relentless and unforgiving. The murder mystery takes the back seat but I wasn’t complaining in the slightest. I couldn’t get enough of Tony’s humor and overbearing Italian family. I enjoyed the rest of the staff at the sex clinic, especially Michael. I’m stoked for his book but certainly don’t mind getting to know another couple before it’s his turn in the limelight. As expected, I had a fabulous time with these guys in Seattle. Eli delivers a tiptop tale with this private dick and sexy sex doctor. Beware of: Swift read…the pages suddenly slipped away leaving me in a cloud of glee. Finicky extremities find their perfect match. Out of bounds becomes wonderfully within limits. This book is for: If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted healing story with two sensational men, I highly recommend that you snatch up this fun first installment in SiS. Book UNfunk

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teal

    I've enjoyed some of Eli Easton's books, particularly Snowblind and A Second Harvest, but this one fell flat. Characters, dialogue, plot, the romance, the sex scenes, the humor -- none of it worked for me. It all felt awkward and "off," and slogging to The End became a grim and thankless chore. Apparently this book is intended to be funny. Humor is highly subjective, but if your sense of humor aligns with the author's, it's easy to forgive -- or not even notice -- flaws that may trip up other I've enjoyed some of Eli Easton's books, particularly Snowblind and A Second Harvest, but this one fell flat. Characters, dialogue, plot, the romance, the sex scenes, the humor -- none of it worked for me. It all felt awkward and "off," and slogging to The End became a grim and thankless chore. Apparently this book is intended to be funny. Humor is highly subjective, but if your sense of humor aligns with the author's, it's easy to forgive -- or not even notice -- flaws that may trip up other readers. Which is my roundabout way of saying: You might love this and not be bothered by the things that bothered me. There were a few instances where a typo -- or perhaps an unfortunate misuse of the English language, I couldn't tell which -- made me cringe-laugh. The MOST outrageous example, while Tony is going down on Jack, veers right into hardcore body horror: Tony lathed every bit of him like a mother cat on Ecstasy. Setting aside the bizarro cat-on-recreational-drugs simile -- omg, "lathed"? That word SHOULD have been "laved," meaning "bathed." (A word that, while not exactly archaic, is no longer in common use, and I only EVER encounter it nowadays in m/m romance. Which is a whole different rant.) But for anyone who knows what a lathe is and does -- google it if you don't -- that sentence conjures up the stuff of nightmares. If I had a cock, I would NEVER under any circumstances want it lathed. But hey, yanno, maybe that's just me. Okay, moving on from that gruesome scenario... While I plan to read more by Eli Easton, this book taught me that she can't be one of my auto-buy authors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars I should start by saying that I shy away from anything that comes even close to possibly being considered medical kink. Im kind of a stickler for lines drawn in the stand and this is one of mine. And I blame myself for not really paying attention to the blurb and just, ya knowreading a book by one of my new favorite authors. This book doesnt actually cross the line of medical kink but it toes it awfully close and my hackles were immediately raised. Now, DESPITE all of this, I really did 3.5 stars I should start by saying that I shy away from anything that comes even close to possibly being considered ‘medical kink’. I’m kind of a stickler for lines drawn in the stand and this is one of mine. And I blame myself for not really paying attention to the blurb and just, ya know…reading a book by one of my new favorite authors. This book doesn’t actually cross the line of medical kink but it toes it awfully close and my hackles were immediately raised. Now, DESPITE all of this, I really did find this an enjoyable read. It’s mystery-lite. It’s romance-lite. It’s angst-lite. It’s, I guess in a sense, kink-lite. And it’s just easy. I feel drawn to the 2 damaged MC’s…both of them having suffered physical and emotional wounds from their respective previous careers. And when their connection builds and you just KNOW they’re going to help each other heal and fill voids in each other’s lives, it’s impossible not to get invested and want this for both of them. And I could actually feel the relief and joy when secrets are uncovered and the freedom to be in a relationship is released. I also LOVE Tony’s Italian family! Admittedly, this is not my favorite Easton book, but I can still strongly support that she remains an auto-buy for me and I can actually see many people (especially those not as prude’ish as myself) enjoying this much more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    4.5 stars. I'm finding I enjoy Eli Easton's writing voice. There is great humor, character, sexy moments and sweetness in these stories. I really liked the MCs here - Tony, the gay ex-cop turned private eye with a big, fortunately-distant, family, and a short list of past relationships he'd like to expand. And Jack, the ex-military doctor who has moved into sexual-disorder practice after an injury that wrecked his surgical skills. This could have been deep angsty drama, with Jack's PTSD and loss 4.5 stars. I'm finding I enjoy Eli Easton's writing voice. There is great humor, character, sexy moments and sweetness in these stories. I really liked the MCs here - Tony, the gay ex-cop turned private eye with a big, fortunately-distant, family, and a short list of past relationships he'd like to expand. And Jack, the ex-military doctor who has moved into sexual-disorder practice after an injury that wrecked his surgical skills. This could have been deep angsty drama, with Jack's PTSD and loss of his long-time career, a murder case, and Tony deceiving his love-interest for half the book. But in Eli Easton's hands, it was fun, fast and warm. The only reason it didn't make a full 5 stars for me is my personal preference for a bit deeper emotional tone, and a bit of thinness to the resolution of the murder case at the end of the book. This is still a lot of fun, and a potential comfort reread, and I immediately went and got the next in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This is one of those books where you have to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy it. The mystery isn't really much of a mystery. In fact, it made me worry about the incompetence of the local police force in charge of the investigation. But I get that the mystery wasn't meant to be the focus of the book, so I didn't mind. Tony's "picky dick" plot line provided some good comedy. I'm not sure whether the portrayal of demisexuality was accurate, but I thought it was fine for a novella like this. And This is one of those books where you have to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy it. The mystery isn't really much of a mystery. In fact, it made me worry about the incompetence of the local police force in charge of the investigation. But I get that the mystery wasn't meant to be the focus of the book, so I didn't mind. Tony's "picky dick" plot line provided some good comedy. I'm not sure whether the portrayal of demisexuality was accurate, but I thought it was fine for a novella like this. And the medical kink? Hawt. While the angst is very low, there were some serious topics discussed. Both Jack and Tony have had tough times in their past, related to their former careers. They both have physical scars from the dangers of their past. The book didn't go in to detail, but I liked that the two MCs bonded over their scars. It added some heart to the story. The audiobook was okay. The author tried to differentiate between the characters with slight accents, but it all sounded the same to me. It took me a while to get in to the book, because for the first half hour I had to listen very closely to be able to tell who was speaking. I think I've been ruined for other narrators by the likes of Tristan James, Kevin R. Free, and Greg Tremblay. Overall, 2.5 stars rounded up. A sweet, fun, and easy read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ✦❋Arianna✦❋

    3.5 STARS Tony DeMarco is an ex-cop, now a P.I who lives in Seattle. He is hired by the parents of a woman who apparently died of a drug overdose, to find out who killed their daughter. A friend who is a cop gives him an important information Marilyn White, the victim, was a client at Expanded Horizons, a sex therapy clinic who also offers surrogacy. He also finds out that Marilyns doctor is a man named, Jack Halloran. Jack Halloran is an ex-combat surgeon who was wounded in Afghanistan. He 3.5 STARS Tony DeMarco is an ex-cop, now a P.I who lives in Seattle. He is hired by the parents of a woman who apparently died of a drug overdose, to find out who killed their daughter. A friend who is a cop gives him an important information – Marilyn White, the victim, was a client at Expanded Horizons, a sex therapy clinic who also offers surrogacy. He also finds out that Marilyn’s doctor is a man named, Jack Halloran. Jack Halloran is an ex-combat surgeon who was wounded in Afghanistan. He suffers from PTSD, still having nightmares. Since Marilyn’s husband has a solid alibi, Jack is Tony’s principal suspect. Tony and Jack meet when Tony becomes Jack’s patient pretending he’s a sex-addict. Jack realizes Tony lied to him, so Tony decides to tell him something true – that he can’t get an erection every time he wants one. Tony can’t believe a stranger knows his dirty little secret. No one knows about his “picky dick”. Everything complicates for Tony when “Tony’s picky dick, which usually refused to be stirred by tongue or tail, could not have latched onto Dr. Jack Halloran as an object of lust. The guy was a suspect, for God’s sake. And his doctor.” But is not only about lust. Tony can tell, Jack is a good doctor, a hero, a compassionate man. He doesn’t believe Jack is the one who killed Marilyn, but he needs to prove this. Jack is attracted to Tony too, but he can’t get involved with a patient. So..who is the killer? I enjoyed this one, but I didn’t love it. I really wish it was longer. The story is not suspenseful and it’s predictable, but it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the dual POV. Tony’s POV was hilarious at times. The steam is low but I enjoyed the sexual tension between the Tony and Jack. I liked both of them. Even if their relationship progressed a little too fast I liked them together. You could tell from the beginning they are great together. I found the writing very good.It was funny and witty and I definitely will read her other books. Overall, an enjoyable light and sweet read, funny with no angst or drama.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars This was a quick humorous read that I ended up liking even though I wasn't sure where it was going to go as far as humor or drama through the first couple of chapters. Overall the author did a wonderful job of establishing the relationship and intertwining the investigation plot in such a short book. In the course of investigating a murder, PI Tony goes undercover at a sex therapy clinic to investigate suspect Dr. Jack Halloran, but the session takes on a more personal level when Tony 3.5 stars This was a quick humorous read that I ended up liking even though I wasn't sure where it was going to go as far as humor or drama through the first couple of chapters. Overall the author did a wonderful job of establishing the relationship and intertwining the investigation plot in such a short book. In the course of investigating a murder, PI Tony goes undercover at a sex therapy clinic to investigate suspect Dr. Jack Halloran, but the session takes on a more personal level when Tony finds himself actually discussing his own difficulties. It is quickly clear that Jack is not involved in the murder and that Tony is incredibly attracted to him. As the sessions continue Jack becomes more attracted to Tony, but as his doctor, he tries to push it aside. As the attraction gets hotter, both try to think of a way to cross that doctor/patient line, and Tony discovers he has a bit of a medical kink. There is a lot of humor in this book and although Jack is a wounded veteran and Tony retired from police work after being shot, it does not go deep into these issues. There is more discussion of Jack's trauma, as he still suffers from tremors in his badly damaged arm and feels undesirable, but Jack finds kinship with Tony after discovering his bullet wound. The writing style flowed well and the book moved along at a good pace. All the secondary characters were written well and I am especially intrigued by sex surrogate Michael (who is soon getting his own story). Tony was a bit too much Italian stereotype for me ( I don't think I would want my man to smell like marinara ) but I did enjoy the phone conversations with his overly intrusive mother, especially the one in the epilogue.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***3 Stars*** I didn't love this one, but it was definitely an enjoyable read. It started off a bit slow for me, and I didn't feel that much of a "spark" between Tony and Jack. The book could have definitely used more relationship development. But the banter between Tony, and pretty much anybody, was great! I especially loved his relationship with his cop buddy, Mark. Also, Tony's discomfort at hearing and/or using any sexual medical term had me chuckling a few times. Tony is definitely NOT a ***3 Stars*** I didn't love this one, but it was definitely an enjoyable read. It started off a bit slow for me, and I didn't feel that much of a "spark" between Tony and Jack. The book could have definitely used more relationship development. But the banter between Tony, and pretty much anybody, was great! I especially loved his relationship with his cop buddy, Mark. Also, Tony's discomfort at hearing and/or using any sexual medical term had me chuckling a few times. Tony is definitely NOT a masturbator, he's more of a "spank the monkey" kind of guy LOL Jack's vulnerability about his hand and arm was endearing, but I would have liked a little bit more of that. I feel like since we had dual POV (which I really liked), that the author could have developed Jack's insecurities a little bit better. They were brushed off or swept away in moments where I felt it would have added to the scene (i.e. the first time they had sex). Oh, and the sex (ok, so it's only two scenes) but damn....they were niiiiiiice. If I take anything away from this book, it'll be that I'll never look at a medical exam table and stirrups the same way again!! I'm looking forward to continuing this series, especially since The Mating of Michael comes so highly recommended!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heller

    4.5 This is a funny, funny book and being in Tony's head just cracked me up. He's ex-cop Private Investigator looking into the possible wrongful death of a young woman, a woman who was a patient at a sex clinic. So in order to gather more information from her therapist Tony goes undercover and meets Dr. Jack Halloran. Jack is a former combat surgeon suffering from the lingering effects of PTSD and trying to piece his life back together after he was injured overseas in Iraq. Tony's fumbling 4.5 This is a funny, funny book and being in Tony's head just cracked me up. He's ex-cop Private Investigator looking into the possible wrongful death of a young woman, a woman who was a patient at a sex clinic. So in order to gather more information from her therapist Tony goes undercover and meets Dr. Jack Halloran. Jack is a former combat surgeon suffering from the lingering effects of PTSD and trying to piece his life back together after he was injured overseas in Iraq. Tony's fumbling attempts to trick the doctor during their first meeting hit the brick wall that is Jack's skill as a therapist. It forces Tony to confront issues he's having (picky dick syndrome :D )and starts a rather odd fake/real, doctor/patient relationship that causes both men a bit of discomfort when they find they're fighting an incendiary attraction. The mystery here is pretty transparent but that's not what this book is about. It's about these two men who are both a little lost and lonely. I loved this read. It was funny, angsty, and oh so very hot with just the right amount of medical kink thrown in. Definitely checking out book two in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katharina

    Okay, first of all, please, PLEASE, people, don't turn away from this book because of its cover. It doesn't do the book justice at all, nor are the men on it even close to how I imagine Jack and Tony to be. I can only say, if this story wasn't written by Eli Easton, I probably wouldn't have read it because of this bloody picture and it'd have been my loss. Seriously. Okay, so to be honest, this story doesn't really fit my usual five star category. I don't throw five star reviews around, am Okay, first of all, please, PLEASE, people, don't turn away from this book because of its cover. It doesn't do the book justice at all, nor are the men on it even close to how I imagine Jack and Tony to be. I can only say, if this story wasn't written by Eli Easton, I probably wouldn't have read it because of this bloody picture and it'd have been my loss. Seriously. Okay, so to be honest, this story doesn't really fit my usual five star category. I don't throw five star reviews around, am actually rather parsimonious with them, I think. And this story definitely has a few flaws. I wasn't really convinced about the mystery aspect, for example - it just went all down a little bit too easy for me. However! The thing is, I don't care. I had so much FRIGGING FUN with this story. It was hilarious at times, had me laughing out loud. The idea of Jack being a sex therapist? Brilliant! And Tony's problem? Awesome! It fit the whole book perfectly! But the best part was, that there were really serious sides to all this as well. The situations and the dialogue were often comical - but the people and their issues were still taken seriously and that's what made this such a good read for me. This is not great lyrical fiction or anything like that, it isn't particularly deep - and it's really not trying to be. It's just very good entertainment, funny, well-written. A book not taking itself too seriously, but treating its characters well anyway. And despite a few misgivings I might have with some aspects, I simply had too good a time with it for me not to give it five stars. So five stars it is and they're well earned too!

  20. 5 out of 5

    michaela ⚘

    I truly adore Elis writing and this book was an example of why I do. The Trouble With Tony is a short romance about a private investigator trying to solve a womans murder and the sex therapist, Jack Halloran, the man he is desperately trying to rule out as a suspect because the attraction is strong and that doesnt happen often for Tony. I loved Jack from the first meeting with him. His character interested me to no level and I loved how he was a no BS kinda guy and immediately called out Tonys I truly adore Eli’s writing and this book was an example of why I do. The Trouble With Tony is a short romance about a private investigator trying to solve a woman’s murder and the sex therapist, Jack Halloran, the man he is desperately trying to rule out as a suspect— because the attraction is strong and that doesn’t happen often for Tony. I loved Jack from the first meeting with him. His character interested me to no level and I loved how he was a no BS kinda guy and immediately called out Tony’s fabricated story. The push and pull between these two with what is right and what is wrong was such a delight to read and made it impossible for me not to devour this book. I particularly liked Tony’s....situation....and I was pleasantly happy at the answer Jack was able to provide him. I do have to say my face was probably a look of disgust when Jack described Tony’s nether regions of smelling like sauce and garlic. >.< But, this WAS a win for me. The mystery aspect, the slow burn of the relationship between Tony and Jack and I have to say my interest was definitely piqued with the sex clinic. 4 stars ♡ copy provided in exchange for an honest review ♡

  21. 5 out of 5

    A Girl Has No Name

    The Trouble With Tony came as a very nice surprise. I was putting off this book for quite a while now - I'm not totally sure why, but I have to admit that the cover is terribly ugly! ^^ I know, I know ... you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but somehow I was really expecting a ridiculous and stupid story! And I saw that the book was tagged as a humor book and when it comes to movies I definitly hate comedy and everything too funny! I know I'm strange! Well, considering this, I really The Trouble With Tony came as a very nice surprise. I was putting off this book for quite a while now - I'm not totally sure why, but I have to admit that the cover is terribly ugly! ^^ I know, I know ... you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but somehow I was really expecting a ridiculous and stupid story! And I saw that the book was tagged as a humor book and when it comes to movies I definitly hate comedy and everything too funny! I know I'm strange! Well, considering this, I really wasn't sure if this story would be something I could enjoy! Thank you Eli Easton for proving me wrong! Taking a former cop, who is now working as a PI after an injury and a former military man, equally hurt in the line of duty, now working as a doctor in a sex clinic and well ... here we have two main characters working in professions I like reading about most. I'm talking about the military aspect of course, because this sex clinic aspect ... that was new! And extremely funny! ^^ I don't want to go to much into detail, I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone that still wants to read this book. So, let me keep it short: Undercover in order to solve a murder, Tony DeMarco is meeting Jack Halloran, the sex clinic doctor. And here we go for a lot of funny describtions of sexual problems and a lot of sexual tension of course! The author really made me laugh! And hey ... the mystery was very good too! All in all, a great read! I will definitly get a look at the other books in this series! 4 surprised stars!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes

    Very entertaining and full of chuckles read with a light touch of medical kink. The Trouble with Tony really is a fun read. In this story we have Tony DiMarco who used to be a Seattle PD detective but after getting shot in the leg quit the police and became a private investigator. He has been hired by a family to investigate the death of their 28 year old daughter. As part of this investigation Tony is led to the "Expanding Horizons" sex clinic where the victim was undergoing treatment. Tony first Very entertaining and full of chuckles read with a light touch of medical kink. The Trouble with Tony really is a fun read. In this story we have Tony DiMarco who used to be a Seattle PD detective but after getting shot in the leg quit the police and became a private investigator. He has been hired by a family to investigate the death of their 28 year old daughter. As part of this investigation Tony is led to the "Expanding Horizons" sex clinic where the victim was undergoing treatment. Tony first visits the clinic under the pretense that he is a sex addict but after meeting take-no-bullshit Dr. Jack Halloran he quickly fesses up to his real affliction. Dr. Jack Halloran used to be an Army surgeon but after being injured in the line of fire he can no longer perform surgery. So he had to quit the service and find a new career. This is how he came to be a sex counselor at this clinic. He feels damaged and only a reflection of who he used to be. This story is chock-full of sexual euphemisms. Plus even though Tony's very stereotypical Italian family lives across the U.S. (particularly his mom,) it is a source of hilarious dialogue. What I liked about this book is that even though it is a short story, it has a nice plot and the characters are three dimensional. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    3.5 Stars Liked but not loved. The Trouble With Tony was ... well, Tony. More specifically, his ruse. I get that Tony was working for a good cause (solving a murder to bring closure for the victim's family). I get that Tony couldn't get the information from Dr. Jack Halloran without lying because of that pesky doctor-patient privilege law. I also get that Tony's a good guy with noble intentions. I get all that. What I don't get is how you get to HEA when everything started off with a lie. And not 3.5 Stars Liked but not loved. The Trouble With Tony was ... well, Tony. More specifically, his ruse. I get that Tony was working for a good cause (solving a murder to bring closure for the victim's family). I get that Tony couldn't get the information from Dr. Jack Halloran without lying because of that pesky doctor-patient privilege law. I also get that Tony's a good guy with noble intentions. I get all that. What I don't get is how you get to HEA when everything started off with a lie. And not a little one. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it was just kinda glossed over. Second, the whole doctor-patient thing. Tony was Jack's patient. Nevermind the false pretense. That just gives me the willies. Maybe I shoulda had a mojito before reading this. If I just rolled with it, I woulda enjoyed it more. Bottom line: just roll with it and you'll be alriiiiiiiiight.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shile

    3.5 stars Review to/not to come

  25. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    Audible Sexy, a bit kinky and quite entertaining. I loved that it was concise. I loved that it was funny. An enjoyable audiobook, in my opinion. ***4 stars***

  26. 5 out of 5

    ~Volha~

    Told from dual POV this was funny, mildly steamy short novella featuring adorably shy PI and unsure sex therapist falling head over heels in a short period of time. I liked the humor, steady pace and both MCs - they meshed well. I do not usually like the trope where one MC is lying to the other, but here I didn't mind. The book was easy read, just what I wanted. I enjoyed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    What a light and fun read! Tony is a PI trying to solve a murder that's gone cold and Jack is a hot doctor working in a clinic that was seeing the victim before she was killed. Tony starts off by trying to get information from Jack to solve the case, but, of course, one thing leads to another..... I loved the very first time that Tony and Jack met. Tony has a shyness about him that makes him adorable. But wouldn't you be shy too if you had a 'picky dick' (Tony's medical terminology at its What a light and fun read! Tony is a PI trying to solve a murder that's gone cold and Jack is a hot doctor working in a clinic that was seeing the victim before she was killed. Tony starts off by trying to get information from Jack to solve the case, but, of course, one thing leads to another..... I loved the very first time that Tony and Jack met. Tony has a shyness about him that makes him adorable. But wouldn't you be shy too if you had a 'picky dick' (Tony's medical terminology at its finest)? As their sessions progress, so do their feelings for each other. They are both totally likeable and I was rooting for them the whole way. A perfect book for a Sunday read! Of course, it was made even better since it was another BR with Mishyjo....and Catherine (although she started a bit late LOL)!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    This was a borderline 5 star story for me since I could not put it down, it made me laugh out loud (all the time!), it was hot, the background story was entertaining and I loved the characters. A possible bump-up (depending on the Gosh-I-have-such-an-urge-to-reread factor). * Edited 2 days later, could not resist* The backstory was exactly that. A backstory. But I found it interesting till the very end. (view spoiler)[ I also found it believable in regards to the murderer. Statistically, it This was a borderline 5 star story for me since I could not put it down, it made me laugh out loud (all the time!), it was hot, the background story was entertaining and I loved the characters. A possible bump-up (depending on the „Gosh-I-have-such-an-urge-to-reread“ factor). * Edited 2 days later, could not resist* The backstory was exactly that. A backstory. But I found it interesting till the very end. (view spoiler)[ I also found it believable in regards to the murderer. Statistically, it usually is the husband/partner that is the perpetrator, and I think it was a good choice not making it a too extravagant case. (hide spoiler)] . The biggest source of entertainment was Tony and his dick. His dick kind of was a character of its own. It was grumpy sometimes, very active and energetic other times. It liked some people, while other left it cold. Some practical examples: Scared dick: And Tony's dick, which had been soft in the first place, now tried to crawl back into his body like Napoleon's army retreating from Moscow. Anarchistic dick: Alone in his car, Tony looked down at the raging hard-on straining at his pants and yelled at it. 'Not now, you fucking lunatic! Not this one!' Tony's dick pulsed rebelliously. Optimistic dick: "So do you handle the gay men who need a surrogate then?' Tony asked. His dick pulsed hopefully. Unmoved dick: The colored photo showed a thin young man with full lips, a narrow face, and dark hair. He was a little on the twink side, but real cure. Tony's dick wasn't impressed. Attentive dick: Tony's dick perked up at the name like a dog responding to the voice of its owner. Powerful dick: Half-mast? Tony's dick was a fucking Armada. In attack mode. I don’t know why, but I seem to forgive this author some things that I would complain about in other cases: (view spoiler)[ -The ethical aspect. Maybe I should protest a bit more, but I just thought what was going on during the rectal examination and the massage therapy extremely hot:-P. Maybe I should read more books with medical kinks… -The easy acceptance of Tony coming out to his mum and brother (and over the phone no less!). This is usually a very emotional , and built-up moment in most M/Ms.. Here it all went very quick and very smooth. And I loved it. This is what I have come to expect from a warm italian family in this genre, so I would have expected nothing less! -There were some building blocks for bigger stuff here, like Jack’s PTSD. However, in this story, the angst takes the backseat to the funny and sweet romance. And I did.not.mind.one.bit! -The fact that I didn’t notice until 80% in that there still hadn’t been any actual penetration…Hm. Must be a damn good story to make me forget. Maybe I should consider the positives of delayed gratification every now and then. (hide spoiler)] I really liked the idea of this series being set around and in a sex clinic, there seem to be a lot of possibilities there… When the book ended (much too early!) it left me wanting more. (view spoiler)[More of Jack’s family, and why he doesn’t seem to be very close to them More of Tony’s family and how big brother Marco will react to the news of Tony’s boyfriend:-) (hide spoiler)] I would not say no to revisiting these two lover boys. No siree! Sometimes it is great to read something without too much angst, to be able to just lean back and enjoy the ride. I am pretty sure that this author is capable of „deeper“ things, Superhero definitely had some emotional gut punches, but for now, I am looking forward to the next part of the series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meep

    I enjoyed this, read it straight after The Mating of Michael the third book in the series (Read in order? bah!!), and while the third book had feelz this one is all frothy fun. Tony and his squirming 'no big boy talk' had me laughing, he made me think of an over-grown puppy! A big tough guy who is still the family baby with a healthy respect for his Mamma. Jack was a very different personality which was great. I liked how he discussed the quandry of attraction to a patient, though ultimately that I enjoyed this, read it straight after The Mating of Michael the third book in the series (Read in order? bah!!), and while the third book had feelz this one is all frothy fun. Tony and his squirming 'no big boy talk' had me laughing, he made me think of an over-grown puppy! A big tough guy who is still the family baby with a healthy respect for his Mamma. Jack was a very different personality which was great. I liked how he discussed the quandry of attraction to a patient, though ultimately that got blown away with a neat/silly conclusion. To me their meeting and getting to know each other was largely under false pretenses and even if the 'therapy' was intended as a ruse Tony brought up a genuine problem so was a patient. It's a grey area but the feel of the book is light fun and both men are more than capable of looking after themselves so it didn't bother me. (view spoiler)[though that early crotch-grab raised an eye-brow (hide spoiler)] I found it easy to go with the story flow and it's very enjoyable and provides a good laugh, the ending made sure I finished it with a big grin. à la that aside at the end of Mambo Italiano Mamma is priceless :D

  30. 4 out of 5

    Otila

    *****3.5***** Tony is an ex-cop turned PI. Hes been hired to look into the death of a women which the police have ruled an accident but her parents suspect murder. His investigation leads him to a sex clinic where he meets Dr. Jack. Tony goes in undercover pretending to be a patient but ends up telling the Doctor his very real problems with sex. Tony and Jack have the hots for each other but is it really appropriate for them to explore their feelings? Of course not but lucky for us that doesnt *****3.5***** Tony is an ex-cop turned PI. He’s been hired to look into the death of a women which the police have ruled an accident but her parents suspect murder. His investigation leads him to a sex clinic where he meets Dr. Jack. Tony goes in undercover pretending to be a patient but ends up telling the Doctor his very real problems with sex. Tony and Jack have the hots for each other but is it really appropriate for them to explore their feelings? Of course not but lucky for us that doesn’t stop them. This was a light and easy read. It was a little silly but it was funny and sweet. The mystery was entertaining enough but really just a backdrop to the romance. I really liked Tony and Jack. The ending was a little too perfect but it fits. Plus I don’t think I’ll ever look at the stirrup chair in my doctor’s office the same way again.

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