Dirt Nap

by Carolyn Elizabeth

Though still suffering side effects from the injuries she sustained in a serious fall, Corey Curtis is off restricted duty and back at work in the morgue. Within hours of cutting the cast off her arm with a bone saw she’s asked by her former mentor to assist on a body recovery. Now she’s elbow deep in decomposing human remains and a suspicious death that hits far too close to home.

Just when her relationship with Dr. Thayer Reynolds has reached a new milestone, the new case tests Corey’s limits while Thayer struggles with a difficult situation at work. Corey’s impulsive nature has her hurtling down an all too familiar road with trouble around every corner.

The only thing keeping the wheels from totally coming off is Thayer’s unwavering love and support. But when the investigation comes full circle, everyone is caught off guard…threatening a most unhappy ending.

Picking up minutes from the end of Gallows Humor, Dirt Nap is the second Corey Curtis and Thayer Reynolds romantic thriller.



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Genre Romance, Thriller
Length 238 pages
Publication Date January 16, 2020
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642471021
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


GCLS Goldie Awards
Dirt Nap—Finalist, Romantic Blend.


Lex Kent’s Reviews - Yes! This is how you write a sequel, you make it even better than the first. For those readers that were hoping for more of Thayer and Corey, including their relationship, you won’t be disappointed. Their connection keeps growing, the chemistry is in your face and every romantic scene is just as good as the most exciting scenes in the book. All the story lines of this book really hit for me. From a little relationship angst to Corey’s big problem with a trusted friend, there was always something going on that kept me flipping these pages.

Betty H. - This is a perfect sequel to Gallows Humor and met all of my...high expectations. Sometimes sequels can be disappointing, but not this one. We have the same mystery, intrigue, and romance that we found in the first book. Corey, Thayer, and all the secondary characters are just as likeable and easy to connect with. The romance is still as sweet, and it was fun seeing the two grow together through all the trials they had to endure. It was also fun meeting a few new characters and watching them develop. Ms. Elizabeth not only has the knowledge she needs in pathology and medicine for this story, she also shines in character development. This is what makes both of these books so great.

Jude S. - Everything worked for me here, actually, not just the funny stuff. The thriller was gruesome and thrilling, the romance romantic. I love that all the most important characters are flawed and make mistakes, but they’re all good people. And I love love love Corey and Thayer, as individuals and together. This second book confirms Carolyn Elizabeth’s talent, and her third book can’t come soon enough.

Ginger O. - It's hard not to give a spoiler in reviewing this book, so I will just say that the writing is great, the story absorbing and I hope there is a third book in the works.

Pin’s Reviews - Great second book for Carolyn Elizabeth and a great second in the Curtis & Reynolds series. Just like her debut Gallows Humor, this one is also written in third person, from the point of view of both protagonists, Corey and Thayer. The plot is even more interesting, with a very well-done crime/thriller part, and continuation of a really good romance. The chemistry between the two well-defined and likable protagonists is excellent. Add to that a few other very well-written relationships, good pacing, nice ending...and you have a great read.

Carolyn M. - I really enjoyed this book. As with the first, Gallows Humor, there were a lot of funny parts. Both Thayer and Corey have a dry wit that really adds a dimension to them as characters and to their relationship. This book follows closely on the heels of the first, and in that vein (pardon the medical pun there), there is danger in this book as well. I loved all the characters. Every one of them brought something meaningful and memorable to the story.

Bethany’s Reviews - Carolyn Elizabeth's humor shines through once again, and I loved the interactions between the characters. The mystery worked perfectly, the romance aspect was exactly what I wanted to see from a couple continuing to solidify their newfound relationship, the secondary characters are well fleshed out...it just works.

The Lesbian Review
I must admit that this is the second time that I was blown away with this author’s captivating writing style. She has really outdone herself with this story because she gave me a riveting romantic thriller that has so many entertaining and laugh-out-loud moments embedded within it. This story kept me glued to my Kindle and hungry for more priceless wisecracks from Corey and Thayer. Even though Carolyn Elizabeth did a wonderful job of filling in some of the details and facts from her first book, I would strongly advise you to read Gallows Humor before you read this story so that you would get to know more about these lovely characters.

Jules P. - I reiterate from book 1, the main characters of Dr. Thayer Reynolds and Corey Curtis are two of the most charismatic characters that I’ve had the pleasure of reading about in quite a while. Perfect leads in a book that begins in the foulest way, the discovery of a decomposed body. Although the remainder of the book unravels the answers to the mystery via good action and policework, the joy in the story comes from watching Thayer and Corey interact and grow as a couple and as individuals. They show tenderness and vulnerability in small intimate scenes that paint a picture of a couple falling hard and deep. I could easily read another ten of these Curtis & Reynolds books.

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