Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Marcus lost his lover Jeremy he lost everything. Two punks shot and killed his doctor lover over just a few dollars and Marcus and his partner were the ones to find him. Jeremy’s death demolished Marcus, and he needed to do something to help protect the innocent, things he couldn’t do while on the force. So Marcus quit his fifteen year job as a detective on the police force and became a private detective. He quit sleeping and he gave up on love. Then Marcus spots Ben, a young man prostituting himself on the bad streets of Atlanta and things begin to change.
Ben has been damaged badly by his past but is still struggling for a better life for himself. To pay for grad school and living expenses, Ben is whoring himself out on the streets of Atlanta. Only another year or so and then he will be done. A past traumatic event has convinced Ben that sex is only tolerable when it is fast and anonymous. And paid for.
Against their wishes, the men find themselves falling into a relationship. But Ben’s past arrives and shatters everything, the budding romance and Ben’s fragile existence.
City Knight is a monster of a book crammed into a mere 50 pages. T.A. Webb skillfully frames out Marcus’ and Ben’s past traumas, then with descriptive slashes of anguish and threat, delivers the start of a pain-filled journey to love and redemption for both men and the readers.
The first in a series, City Knight switches point of view from Ben to Marcus so the reader can see what events has brought each damaged man to their present day situation. This format works here beautifully to impress upon the reader just how damaged and conflicted these men are as neither has moved past the events that succeeded in demolishing their lives. Webb’s characters clash and then start to come together, reawakening their desires for intimacy and sex. It’s painful, and realistic. It’s also grubby ,desperate but also starts to show slivers of hope for each of them.
At that point, the reader is quite naturally uneasy as we have come to expect the worst for each man, and Webb delivers that too in a heart crunching cliffhanger that will haunt you and leave you wanting more immediately. I used to mark down stories that ended in this way but have come to accept this ending as long as it is a part of a series or serialized stories like this one.
In this case, Webb has set the stage for the next story in the series, while leaving the reader ramped up in anxiety and anticipation for the events to follow. I can’t wait (and didn’t have to). My review for the next in the series follows shortly. Read these tales one at a time or cobble them up in one reading, it works both ways. I loved City Knights and think you will too.
Stories in the City Knight series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters and events to follow:
City Knight (City Knight #1)
Knightmare (City Knight #2)
Starry Knight (City Knight #3)
Knights Out (City Knight #4)