Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Six years ago, Brian Harrison helped save the life of Jackie Vasquez, and he’s never really forgotten him. After the rescue, Brian ended his employment with Jackie’s uncle Luki and left the US for England, aiming to distance himself from the confused feelings—not lust, but not brotherly—that then sixteen-year-old Jackie engendered. Now Jackie has become a man, and when they meet again by chance, lust with a dose of D/s rope kink is definitely on the list of possibilities. As they get to know each other, though, lust shows every sign of growing into love, deep and true. When Jackie moves to London for graduate studies in criminal psychology, he and Brian hope they’ll be able to enjoy each other’s frequent company. But they haven’t factored in the claim Brian’s police job with Scotland Yard will make on his time, especially when the “Gaslighter crimes” sap investigative resources. An abandoned aide dog named Soldier leads to a breakthrough clue, and a chain of discoveries fall like dominoes. As Brian rushes to beat the criminal’s game before it escalates to true terror, he comes to an undeniable conclusion: Jackie Vasquez, the man he loves, is in mortal danger.
I really like this series and I thoroughly enjoy Lou Sylvre writing style. While everyone might not like the “lack of romance” I enjoy it that too. I think it’s enough romance because the amount of love the guys have for each other and their families shines bright on the page. I was so shocked to see this appear on the blog because I totally forgot about it coming out. I immediately emailed Mel, and was hoping I get it first and I did. I’m so ecstatic that I did. I loved every minute of this book. Jackie is definitely one of my favorite characters ever, and I was amazed at his strength, and determination seeing as what he went through. He made sure he wasn’t going to be a victim to anyone and I applaud him for it. Brian is the perfect guy, I like that he didn’t second guess himself a lot, and what he said and put out in the world is how he felt.
The beginning of the book I kept thinking where is Jade? But I totally forget this is the past where as Jade’s book was the future. I plan on rereading that as soon as I finish this review. LOL. I got to see Luki & Sonny a couple who I love for everything that they went through. Brian has moved to London, to finish studying and working trying to be a better constable. I liked that conversation he had with Luki, I thought it was endearing, honest and people should respect Brian for his reasoning on things. I would have never guessed we would have a Dom Brian but I was shocked, thrilled and coping with his ways of doing things. His reintroduction to Jackie you almost can see if you closed your eyes. They just work together. I fouind in this book Lou’s writing really didn’t change but maybe I see it as a little softer. She focuses on them first before the suspense and thriller. I appreciated that. They are definitely a different couple then Luki & Sonny and I liked it.
The crimes were different, and I actually enjoyed the coming together of all the whys, and how’s of the crime. All in all, it has become one of my favorite books of 2015. Why not 5 stars then? Well I felt like the ending was a little rushed, all the pieces fell into place wonderfully but I would have loved to see some things prolonged as far as finding the accomplice, and the whole recover & rescue aspect. I also wanted an epilogue of what’s next for these two. I mean I know what happens because of reading the previous story but I want to know from their perspective. I really did love this book.
Cover Art by Reese Dante. I think the artist did a wonderful job on the cover, it was such a brilliant, and beautiful rendition of Jackie. Goodness I love this cover, all the nice hair. I really liked this one.
ebook, 214 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC