Title: Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees #2)
Author Name: Taylor V. Donovan (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 22, 2015 – 350 pgs
FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy and bar manager Machlan O’Bannon are exploring a new phase in their non-relationship. The intention is to take it slowly, but power plays are still their favorite activity, and it isn’t long before lines begin blurring. After ending their friends with benefits agreement, no rules are left in place to guide them, and soon the only thing that’s clear is that neither man is fighting hard enough to reestablish the boundaries.
Their situations haven’t improved in the three months since their first encounter. Sam is still focused on his immediate family issues, and everything indicates Mac will have to go to war with his own family before he can reclaim his freedom. The last thing they need is additional complications.
But when the opening of a nightclub brings Mac to New York City and a break in the Leviticus investigation leads Sam to Houston, they discover how closely their worlds have been connected from the beginning. Hiding from the life-altering collision is not an option. They can take the easier road and go their separate ways or come to terms with their pasts and take a chance on each other.
I probably should have started at the beginning of the series but I still really enjoyed this second story on its own. Agent Sam Shaughnessy and his team are still tracking the serial killer they’ve called Leviticus – and he is still killing gay men.
Sam’s lover, Mac, and his friends become entangled in Leviticus’ game as the agents rush to find the killer. I loved discovering the connections between each of the separate characters over the course of this book. But each connection also revealed the characters’ connections to Leviticus.
Sam and Mac’s relationship is fantastic. The book starts with the relationship being formally re-defined, but Mac still has secrets and Sam doesn’t let anyone too close – so this relationship will never be easy. But the chemistry is amazing and the sex is very hot.
A few new characters and connections were added in this book and I’m interested to see how things spill into the next book. I love the complexity of the Leviticus case and I’m excitedly anticipating the next installment.
Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about humanity and a lover of history, museums, and all things 80s. She shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television, is crazy about fashion, and passionate about civil rights and equality for all.
When she’s not writing or making a living in the busiest city in the world, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in their home.