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THREE 5 Star Reviews for Death and Destruction (Death and Destruction #1) by Patricia Logan #MM #Romance

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Title: Death and Destruction (Death and Destruction #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Patricia Logan (Westburg Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2016 – 333 Pages

Synopsis

Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe, is less than thrilled. The State’s Attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world’s most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans, is nevertheless tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.

Jarrett Evans, former Marine, has always been a free spirit, doing the dirty work for Uncle Sam whenever and wherever he’s needed. One of the best snipers in the world, Evans is at peace with the man he’s become. That doesn’t mean he’s ever liked the cold-blooded killer who stares back at him from the mirror every day. The moment he meets pretty boy Thayne Wolfe, things start a slow change and redemption begins to sound possible.

Mills Lang, the world’s most ruthless arms dealer, is little more than a serial killer in his own right. Rotting away in prison with nothing but time on his hands, Lang is determined to destroy the man he allowed into his inner circle. Thayne Wolfe will die in the most painful way… along with anyone he loves.

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FiveStars

I was so glad to find this was part of a series. I’ve read a few books from this author and enjoyed them but this book was clearly stellar. The writing was excellent and it was very easy to get into. The plot was great and the characters were fantastic. The romance between Thayne and Jarrett was not instantaneous but came about a through their chemistry. I love when an author can just draw you into the book and before you know it, it’s over. This book was like this. This book had everything: great characters, excitement, and sexy reading. I would recommend this to everyone and can’t wait for the next installment.

Lynn

FiveStars

This book was phenomenal. It is full of action, romance, intrigue, and mystery. Patricia Logan really out did it on this book and I think that this book is just the prelude to what will come in book 2.

I really fell for both characters in this book. Jarrett and Thayne were both just amazing characters and they were both amazing together.

I do not think that we have heard the end from Mills Lang that is for sure and I do not know why but I do not think that Noah is dead and gone either. It is just a feeling but I think he will be making an appearance in a future book.

Patricia Logan put just the right amount of mystery and romance in this book to make you want to find out what is going to happen in the next book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next and I love the fact that Thayne and Jarrett are going to partners at work and at home. That will make book 2 just that much more interesting.

Great job Patricia and cannot wait for the next book.

Tosha

FiveStars

Wow! This is Patricia Logan at her best – and her best is always special. This time she has mixed action, adventure and romance, introducing a new series with two brilliant leads and a fantastically evil supervillain. She adds in wonderful supporting characters and brilliant banter between our leading men.

And the leading men themselves – Jarrett and Thayne are slightly older, slightly damaged and entirely kick-ass heroes – or maybe antiheroes as much of Jarrett’s top secret life has been dark and not entirely moral. Thayne isn’t squeaky clean either, having done everything possible to survive undercover for the past two years. The chemistry between these two men is hot but the relationship is a satisfying slow burn and relatively angst free.

I loved the way this story spins away from the Bodyguards series and becomes something of its own. While I loved the first story in the Bodyguards series, I was falling out of love with the series and slightly skeptical about this book. I shouldn’t have been. This is wonderfully original, and while we revisit a couple of characters from Bodyguards, this book is the start of something exciting and new.

I absolutely loved this and I can’t recommend it highly enough. For anyone still mourning the end of Abigail Roux’s Sidewinder books or readers desperately hoping for an addition to Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, this new series is a must read.

Sarah

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Upcoming Release: Blood Visions by L.J. Hamlin #MM #PI #Detective @GoIndiMarketing

CoverTitle: Blood Visions
Author Name & Publisher: L.J. Hamlin (Torquere Press)
Publication Date: May 25, 2016

Synopsis

Private detective Ronan Bayne is a former cop who now runs his own agency specializing in all things paranormal. After several women have gone missing, Ronan gets called in by the police chief.

Dustin McPherson is a psychic who’s worked with the police in the past. After having a vision of one of the missing women, he meets Ronan. Together, they must solve a case more complicated than either of them expected.

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Excerpt

It was too real to just be one of his nightmares. Dustin had learned to tell the difference between his dreams and a vision while he was asleep by the age of twelve, and he is twenty-one now. Dustin sits up in bed carefully, his head swimming a little, his ears still ringing with the girl’s heart-wrenching sobs.

He gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom. He takes some Tylenol out of the cabinet and washes it down with a glass of water. He hopes that will help with his headache, and he won’t have to take the tramadol his doctor has given him.

Dustin looks at himself in the mirror above his sink. He looks pale even for him, and sweaty. His dyed purple hair is matted, some of it slicked down, stuck to his head, and other bits are sticking up wildly. The whites of his bright blue eyes are a little bloodshot, but there is no blood below his nose this time, so that’s something.

Splashing some water on his face to try to wake himself up a little, Dustin dries off his face with a towel, and then heads back to his bedroom. Dustin sits on the edge of his bed and pulls out the sketchbook he keeps there, and the charcoal.

He starts sketching the girl from memory. He can remember what she looked like, but Dustin can’t remember anything about the room she had been in, only that it was dark and cold. She’d been chained up; her wrists were bleeding. Dustin had been able to feel her fear; she’d been terrified.

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3 Stars for A Prayer for the Dead (Deadly Mystery #7) by Victor J. Banis #MM #Mystery

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Title: A Prayer for the Dead (Deadly Mystery #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Victor J. Banis (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 2, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

A Tom and Stanley Novel – Continues the Deadly Mysteries Series published with MLR Press.

Does murder follow Tom and Stanley around, or do they follow the murders?

After a hospital stay, Stanley is invited by Father Brighton to convalesce at St. Marywood, an isolated monastery on the ocean cliffs of Big Sur. Upon arrival, Stanley finds Father Brighton dead. The order’s doctor writes it up as a death by natural causes, but those seem to be quite prevalent at the monastery. The recent demise of a young brother who fell from the cliffs is described as an accident, but Stanley’s nose is twitching. Plus the order’s finances have taken a sudden, mysterious turn for the better. Is something rotten at St. Marywood?

Stanley and Tom can’t resist digging around even if it means testing their tumultuous relationship against a gaggle of handsome, young, virginal, and—they are told—gay men.

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Review

ThreeStar

I have very mixed reactions to this story.

Victor Banis’ sense of place in this story is beautifully written. There are moments when the prose reminds me of PD James’ evocative, finely crafted British mysteries. Murder in a cloistered community is not an uncommon event in English mystery writing. And Banis does this well.

Unfortunately, there are also moments when the story feels dated. At times Banis’ gay characters are reduced to leering double entendres and jock-strap sniffing. The closets in this series are American size walk-in dressing rooms. For a reader in 2015, there are conversations, stereotypes and judgements in this book which verge on homophobia. It might just be that the story feels out of it’s time. I would be more comfortable with this as a period piece set in the 1970s.

I enjoyed the actual murder mystery because I was unable to figure it out on my own. I understood the plot the moment the main character did – which is always what I want from a mystery. I loved the hints, clues and general suspicions that cloud Tom and Stanley’s judgements.

I was surprised to learn that Banis’ work was banned and considered indecent at one point in time. In this story there is a great deal of innuendo and awful lot of flirtation but any actual sex is skimmed over in the style of a 1970s Harlequin romance.

I enjoyed this because I enjoy classic British mysteries. I’m not sure I enjoy it as a contemporary m/m story. Aside from the naughty schoolboy gay humour, it reads much more like a PD James or Ruth Rendell novel than an AE Via, Xavier Mayne or Abigail Roux tale.

I enjoyed reading one of Victor J Banis’ books because he is one of the writers who made it possible for gay fiction to exist and thrive. I would urge any fans of m/m writing to take a look at some of Banis’ writing.

Sarah

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