4.5 and 4 Stars for Stalked (The Slayers #2) by H.C. Brown #BDSM #MM

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Title: Stalked (The Slayers #2)
Author Name & Publisher: H.C. Brown (Momentum, Pan Macmillan)
Publication Date & Length: September 24, 2015 – 68,000 Words

Synopsis

Who’s more dangerous – a stripper, an assassin, or a serial killer?

The Stripper Ripper is stalking the streets of New York City, preying on male strippers, and the press is making mincemeat of a helpless police force.

In desperation, the police refer the serial killer’s case to the Slayers, a team of enhanced, undercover super soldiers. The commander of the Slayers puts his team on the streets to watch over the Ripper’s favorite targets.

One of these targets is Micah, a twink stripper and a desirable sub. Micah’s baby sitter is one of the newest members of the Slayers, Sorren, as cold-blooded an assassin as they come, and the last person you’d expect to harbor feelings for his charge.

True to form, Sorren is as surprised as anyone at his new infatuation, but Micah is hiding something. Will Micah learn to trust his protector, or is he destined to be the next victim on the Stripper Ripper’s list?

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Review

FourandHalfStars

I have to first say that I have not read book 1 and didn’t feel that I needed to.  There were a few places where it might have been helpful, but overall, it was not necessary.

I really enjoyed Micah’s character.  He seemed genuine, if not a bit timid, but when push came to shove, he was all in.  The chemistry between him and Sorren was off the charts!  I enjoyed the power play and the fact that Micah was so open and honest.

Then you have Sorren.  While he is supposed to be somewhat immune to feelings, Micah burrows his way in to Sorren’s being.  You can really see how much he cares for his charge and in return, how hard of a struggle it is for Sorren to allow Micah into his heart.

Conversely, it is hard for Micah, because of his own past to let Sorren in.  He seems to constantly be second guessing and that was somewhat grating, however, in the end, they both find what is necessary within themselves.  They make each other better.

I do wish that I had known a little more about Micah and his first Dom’s relationship a little more.  I would have felt more connected to Micah’s struggle, I think.  The sexual scenes in this story were intense and, I thought, pretty well planned out.  Anticipation was the key.

Overall, this was a hot story with a great story line.

Can’t wait to read what’s next.

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FourStars

At first I was really bored with this book and almost gave up on it. Glad I didn’t because I finally got into it and enjoyed it. I wasn’t into the nano and somewhat sci-fi elements but that’s just me. Micah is a stripper and a sub. His Dom died recently and now there is a murderer coined the Stripper Ripper. Sorren is assigned to protect Micah because he fits the killers victims. The instant attraction between Sorren and Micah can be felt and so can the intense chemistry. The story line was good but things seemed rushed at the end. A few more chapters would have made it not as rushed and more enjoyable. The love story was good and the sex was too. If you like a tad bit of sci-fi and a little bit of BDSM with your M/M you will like this book.

Angie

Excerpt

Delano didn’t miss Sorren’s shudder of disgust. He stared at him, waiting for a reply, and it was like watching the cogs of an old clock grind into gear. Sure, Sorren had been alone for a long time and no doubt his art of conversation had become a little rusty but he’d had long enough to adjust. He would give him time to consider the situation because he wanted to keep this man in his unit. He’d yet to see a better specimen of nano enhancement and the doctors in the complex would learn a great deal from his advanced technology.

Sorren was magnificent and he could see why he carried the handle “The Reaper” during his call of duty. He’d selected the moody Adonis for stripper duty in an effort to calm him down. Sorren was a loner. He’d taken his edge-play domination to extremes with the house subs and sure wasn’t looking for a cozy relationship. Rhys had nicknamed him “Shadow Man” because they rarely saw him in daylight. Sorren stalked the gloom like a phantom of menace. In fact, the man might just as well hang a sign around his neck with the message, “I hate everybody” printed in bright red letters. The only time he’d seen him crack any semblance of a smile was after winning an arm wrestle with Adryck.

He rolled his shoulders. “Well?”

A crack of thunder rolled in the distance as if it had come straight from the flash of disgust on Sorren’s face.

“Your decommission threats won’t work on me. I have a failsafe reboot on my system. You’ll have to decapitate me to take me down.” Sorren straightened and his menacing look flicked over him dismissively. “I understand you integrated the Fury boys into the unit without making them jump through hoops and yet, I am one of you, military – not the fucking enemy. I agreed to do butterfly duty because I want to catch a murderer not because I plan to inform on the Slayers. If I’d wanted to betray our kind I would have contacted my commander the fucking day I arrived and neither you nor your cybernetic boy would have been able to stop me.” Sorren pushed to his feet. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late. The stripper you assigned me to protect is due to walk home alone in twenty minutes and it is twenty-two minutes to his gig.”

Delano stood and waved him toward the door. “Sure, we’ll talk again in the morning. Do you have a med kit in the car – just in case?”

Sorren gave him a curt nod and slipped out the door. He moved like a ghost, not one sound from his boots echoed on the tiled floor.

“What new intel do we have on the murders to date?” Rhys drummed his fingers on the arm of the chair. “I know they’re bloody but there must be something the cops haven’t disclosed. What has Bret dug up?”

“Nothing, the murderer is a phantom, he drops out of nowhere, strikes and vanishes. You mentioned bloody, yeah, but how does a man rip someone apart and not leave one footprint or one drop of blood?” Delano moved around his desk and sat down.

“Maybe he’s a vampire.” Rhys gave him a speculative look. “Hey, crazy scientists made us didn’t they?

How do we know they didn’t experiment on cross-species DNA as well and now some guys can change into bats and fly away?”

“Scent.” Delano placed the heel of one shit kicker on his desk and tipped back his chair. “I’ve visited all the crime scenes. I would have smelled a giant bat and picked up the pheromones of anyone remotely like us. No, I’m pretty sure the Stripper Ripper is one sick human.”

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AuthorBio

H.C. Brown is a multi-published, bestselling, award-winning author of Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, BDSM, Time Travel, Action Adventure, Suspense, and Contemporary Romance.

In 2015, she was delighted to be named Luminosity Publishing’s Bestselling Author of 2014.

In 2015, Highlander in the Mist was placed 3rd in Historical and Rock ‘n’ Leather was placed 3rd GLBT in the Easychair Bookshop Competition.

In 2011, she was delighted to receive nominations in three categories in the 2011 CAPA Awards: Favorite Author, Best GLBT Romance, and Best Science Fiction Romance.

She was nominated for Best Historical M/M in the 2013, Goodreads Book of Year Awards.

H.C writes about strong alpha male heroes and girl next door heroines in complex settings, and all her stories have happy endings.

H.C. welcomes feedback from her readers.

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