Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Ex cop Marcus Prater spent that last several years devastated from the loss of his lover to a street crime. Then Marcus met Ben Danvers, college student, prostitute and damaged soul and a fragile relationship was born. But the men who raped Ben are out of jail and Ben disappears. Now Marcus must call on all his old friends and contacts to help him find Ben and fast.
Ben’s worst nightmare is happening all over again, can Marcus and friends save him in time?
With Knightmare, T.A. Webb weaves the City Knight series into the full tapestry of the Pulp Friction universe, and the result is a marvelous concoction of mulit dimensional characters, convoluted plots and combustible romances to knock your socks off.
In the first installment, we meet two different yet equally damaged men. Marcus who had a deep and wonderful love, Jeremy, who died in a small time robbery. Then Webb gives us (and Marcus) Ben Danvers. Ben had been brutally attacked, raped and left to bleed out on the college campus where he was a student. The two men responsible were caught and jailed but emotionally, Ben has never recovered. To make money to finish college as well as living expenses, Ben sells himself on the street. And each transaction has further harmed his self esteem and ability to love.
Webb made us believe in these individuals and their problems. We hold our breath as they tenuously move towards a relationship because we are aware of all the obstacles still between them. Then the author proceeds to fracture their fragile new status with the news that the men who attacked Ben have been released from prison. Given today’s headlines and the often shortened prison sentences, this is a realistic, horrifying event to happen. Then Ben disappears. Gone. And Marcus is terrified that he is going to lose another love just as soon as he found him.
This is how Knightmare starts out for Marcus and the reader as we are dumped right into the middle of Marcus’ scene at the end of City Knight:
Marcus stood in the alleyway, letting the shock he’d initially felt bleed out of his system. The blast of adrenaline that made everything speed up and slow down simultaneously had burned through his body and now he was able to focus. He took a deep breath and let his experience take over.
As he calmed and his vision cleared, he shoved away all the fear that crawled through his body like an army of fire ants and looked around the alleyway. Saw. And began to process, his mind functioning again. His cop instincts made notes and started a mental file on the crime scene. He moved slowly into the dark, pulling a flashlight from his jacket pocket and painstakingly covering every inch of the alley.
No blood that he could see. No obvious signs of struggle. No overturned garbage cans, not a goddamned thing. No sign of his Benjamin. How in the hell was that possible? Ten minutes…he had only been ten minutes away.
Marcus’ panic and disbelief are visceral in their power and believability. T.A, Webb does such a beautiful job in describing the intensity of Marcus’ feelings that the reader feels the emotional impact of the situation as deeply as Marcus does. And as the situation escalates, so does the anxiety level of the reader.
And the people Marcus calls on for immediate assistance are those same individuals we have met in the other series. Chance DuMont, Wick Templeton, Zachary and Archer (and Jeremiah). All here as well as their various story lines, weaving the complicated relationships and past histories together to form a formidable conglomeration of dynamic personalities, remarkable intellects, and a diversity of talent that is not always to be found on the side of the law. Talk about a powerful group dynamics and all focused, albeit temporarily, on finding Ben for Marcus.
As with most serialized stories, there is another cliffhanger to be found at the end of this story. It’s shocking and guaranteed to send you running to the next story as it should. It’s terrific story. And the series is so explosive, really quite addicting in every way. Trust me, just go with the flow (and Scattered Thoughts) over to the next in the series. I am running to the next one as quick as I can. Join me.
Don’t miss out on any stories in this series but do start at the beginning. I have listed the book below in the order they should be read. Consider them all highly recommended.
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)