Rating: 4 stars out of 5
New Orleans Police Detective Sam Garrett is having a bad day. Sam can’t stand working with partners, yet he’s been assigned an aggravating, hot, and most-likely-straight partner, Travis Boudreaux,. Travis pushes all his buttoms, including the one that says Sam finds Travis seriously attractive, not good when the man in question is straight.
When Sam and Travis are assigned to investigate a string of gay-bashings turned deadly in the French Quarter, the last thing Sam expects is that Travis plans to use him as bait. The worst part? They’ve got no back-up because the rest of the city is preoccupied by another series of killings — the victims drained of blood.
It should be a simple thing to close this case…but this is New Orleans where the deadly, the mystical, and the unknown can combine in lethal ways as Sam and Travis are about to find out.
Altered States started out as a story prompt in the Goodreads M/M Romance’s Love is Always Write, Don’t Read in the Closet Events. But Altered States was to be a springboard to an addictively absorbing new series from Laura Harner and T.A. Webb. It all starts with the wonderful creation of New Orleans Police Detective Sam Garrett. Sam is gay, biracial, and physically slight, or should that be wiry. He’s complex and not terribly popular down at the Precinct, which is a mixture of characters, not all of which are exactly upstanding representations of the law.
Adding to his woes of too many hours, not enough sleep, and aggravation at work is the fact that Sam has been assigned a new partner. Travis Boudreaux is more of an enigma, a question mark of a persona that looms larger at the shocking end. The case they are assigned too is horrific in nature. Young gay men are being tortured and killed and its up to them to stop it.
Harner and Webb weave a fascinating tale of wary men, unacknowledged appetites, and murder. Then they overlay it all with a touch of the supernatural when victims in another salacious crime spree start turning up dead, drained entirely of their blood. It’s a great plot, and that twist at the end is shocking. I loved it! So will you.
The kicker comes at the beginning of the next story that really starts this series, Deep Blues Goodbye (Altered States #1). That one? Oh my! This series is like a bowl of bon bons, once you start in on them, they are so delicious and rich that you won’t be able to stop. I quite happily read my way through all three available stories and am now anxiously waiting for the next.
Altered States is one of my highly recommended reads as is the series. Grab it up, along with all the others and drop yourself in the New Orleans world of crime, passion, and the supernatural!
Cover Art by Laura Harner. Dark, kind of noirish. Perfect!
Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published May 27th 2012 by Hot Corner Press
series Altered States
Books in the Altered States Series:
- Altered States (Altered States, #0.5)
- Deep Blues Goodbye (Altered States #1) by L.E. Harner, T.A. Webb
- Deadly Shades of Gold (Altered States, #2) by L.E. Harner, T.A. Webb