Length: 56,600 words approx.
Deranged birds of a feather flock together… leaving trails of blood in their wake.
Holland has fantasies most can’t accept. When potential mates discover Holland’s bloodlust, it’s too late for them to refuse. Determined to get what he wants, Holland continues to seek a man to fulfill his deepest desire and he won’t stop at anything
Archer is inspired and aroused by the tales he’s heard from his boyfriend. Still, he’s greedy for something that pushes him over the edge. Although this might drive him and his partner apart, Archer’s dark want won’t disappear.
Clint’s love for his job has slipped for years, and he’s pondered change. These days he’s cared more about how to please his man, than the rigorous position of solving murder cases. Clint thinks his attitude will eventually get better, thus prompting him to stay aboard. Still, the constant worry of Archer finding someone new niggles at him.
Putting sketchy characters behind bars had always been Clint’s forte, but when new feelings arise, Clint’s conscience is tested. Furthermore, what will happen if Clint is forced to choose between the love of his life, his career, and his morality?
This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
I have a good time reading the book. It have some ups and downs, but then things that I liked were enough to keep my attention the whole time. It is a bit different that I was expecting, and at some point darker and more disturbing that I would hope for, but still got me hook.
What I liked the most was the love-hate emotion that a character made me feel. Archer was interesting. He was such an unlikable character, but at the same time he was so fascinating. It was like something you know you shouldn’t like but you like it anyway or at least can’t get your eyes off it. He was arrogant, extremely selfish and somehow still manage to be charming. I didn’t liked him though, he was way too selfish to make me actually love him or believe he love someone other than himself. It was a big problem in the romantic aspect, because it didn’t seem anything but lust or what he could get from his lovers, and I guess that was an important part of his personality, but exactly what make him be unlikable, even to me, who generally like such characters.
The other characters were fine, but they lack certain charm I seek in a main character. I don’t think they have a good chemistry and it all seem more like an obsession from Clint and Holland’s side. I did liked those two, but they weren’t as captivating and emotion inducing as Archer.
The plot was fine, maybe promising more than it deliver, but entertaining enough. It was a bit slow paced to my taste, but I end up having a good time reading it. It have some graphic description of murders, which can be a bit disturbing, but since it was the main subject, I guess whoever choose to read the book might be aware of that.
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Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Through these, he builds worlds not centered on romance but rather the mainstream and/or obscure plots we might encounter in everyday life and beyond.
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