Book Review – Hot Pursuit by Eli Easton

The Hot Cannolis #3
Publisher: Pinkerton Road LLC
Pages: 290
Characters: Rick/John
POV: 1st
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Series

Solving the case will be tricky. But keeping their hands off each other will be impossible.

Detective Rick Canali’s life is perfect the way it is. He loves his job with the Chico, CA police. He can get casual sex whenever he wants it, and for family vibes, he has his brother Angelo’s large family of hotheaded firefighters. He’s happy being a “perpetual bachelor.” But when he’s partnered up with a too-attractive newbie detective, all the neat boxes in his life threaten to collapse. Because the one thing this detective never saw coming—falling in love.

John Rivera always wanted to be a detective. He’s determined to succeed despite his ex trying to make his life hell and his new partner—the gorgeous Rick Canali—making it clear he’s not wanted. As a former foster care kid, he’s used to fighting his own battles and depending on no one.

When a firefighter dies under suspicious circumstances, Rick and John’s new partnership is tested. It turns out, they’re a pretty good team. But can they crack the case while dancing around their mutual attraction, dodging John’s ex, and trying to keep the Canali firefighters safe from a potential killer in the Cal Fire ranks?

HOT PURSUIT is a murder mystery wrapped in a romance with a big scoop of suspense, hurt-comfort, evil ex, and more Canali family feels.

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I loved Rick and John’s story and didn’t want to put it down. The characters are wonderful, and the mystery is full of convincing red herrings, tense, and exciting. Although I haven’t read this series in order, I had no problems diving in with book 3 but now need to go back and read the rest.

I enjoy reading about MCs who are a little older, and both Rick and John have histories. I loved how they both slowly opened up to each other about their pasts. I knew as soon as they first met that their attempts to ignore their initial attraction wouldn’t work. I love how protective Rick is of John, although he knows John is very capable. The scene with John’s nasty ex is wonderful. Go Rick! I liked that John is realistically cautious about making the same mistakes again. The way Clint wears John down and gaslights him feels uncomfortably real too.

The Canali family is wonderful. It’s obvious they all care about each other, and family comes first before anything else. I loved the family interactions, and would have read the story just for that. I like how they all become involved in trying to find the killer and have each other’s backs. I particularly liked the relationships between Rick and his brother, and his nephews. His sister-in-law- is a force all of her own. She’s wonderful.

I love Donny noticing the UST, although they’re both in denial, and the line that they’re sniping like “two mating rhinos.”

Rick lives up to his nickname in that he won’t let go of the case until he’s got answers and justice for the victim. Both he and John are good detectives and do a great job in working the case. I enjoyed how the mystery unfolded with the clues pointing in one direction, then almost too late towards the real killer. Nicely done. The final scene with the killer is tense, and I liked how there are consequences for his almost next victim following the attack.

Their HEA is perfect, and very family orientated. As it should be.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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