Book Reviews

The Vengeful Valentine Job (The Brothers Grime 3.5) by Z.A. Maxfield

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 07-May-2021

Book Blurb

Can a minister with a moneyed background see past a blue collar worker's muscled, tattooed bad boy persona to the gentle, caring soul that lies beneath?

When Stieg Winthrop returns from a business trip to find a bloodbath in his home, he's only marginally appeased by the knowledge that animal blood was used to make a point, and no humans were harmed to create the mess. Since the scene seems to point to a jilted bride, he's doubly confused because he's never dated a woman, ever.

It doesn't matter who created the disaster or why. That's a job for the police. Stieg must have his home cleaned and sanitized and that means hiring a biohazard cleaning company to do the work. Enter The Brothers Grime, who have opened a new location in the Inland Empire city Stieg calls home.

Levi Bond is a cleaner at Brothers Grime, not a salesman, but he's the only one available to meet the client when the call comes in. The minute he sees Stieg Winthrop, his heart melts for the sweet man. But the more he learns about the wealthy East Coast academic and man of the cloth, the more outclassed and unworthy he feels.

What could this intelligent, bougie homeowner who wears bespoke suits and carries expensive luggage ever see in an average guy like him?


Book Review

Two men, both kind and gentle, meet under bizarre circumstances in this novella in ‘The Brothers Grime’ series. I adore this series and have no problem admitting I gravitated to it because of the title and then found myself falling for these men who do a job not many people could. The Brothers Grime company cleans up crime scenes, hazardous waste accidents, and pretty much anything gnarly that’s not suited for Merry Maids.


Stieg returned home from a weekend conference away only to discover his home was burglarized and vandalized in the most heinous of ways. Levi was sent to the scene in order to speak to the homeowner about the services they can provide, and the two men just clicked. Stieg is a pastor, a man dedicated to giving back to others—even though he comes from a wealthy family of professionals who don’t understand this need—and Levi is all about doing the best job he can do, and helping his mom take care of his younger siblings. Basically, two really good men who care for others and strive to be good people.


I give kudos to the author for the nasty (in a totally horror movie good way) descriptions of what was done to Stieg’s home and then the different ways Levi and his crew cleaned it up. Fascinating, to be honest. Although, none of it detracted from the sweet love story I found myself immersed in. Thank you, ZAM, for such a delightful gem!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 121 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-February-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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