A Dom learns to love while Scotland Yard claims his time and a sociopath lays a trap for his sub.
This is book 2 Vasquez Inc, a spinoff series from the popular Vasquez and James series.
Jackie Vasquez knows he needs to submit to a Dom he can trust—just as much as he needs to manage his own life. He found the right Dom in Brian Harrison, and then romance beckoned them both beyond bindings and safewords. They take the first steps toward a life together in London, where Brian is pursuing his dream career at Scotland Yard, and Jackie is working toward a master’s degree. Their private hours deep in the night brim with both heat and beauty as Brian’s artful vision for bondage makes a masterwork out of Jackie, body and soul.
But time together becomes scarce as a series of horrific gaslight crimes keeps Brian at work and out of reach for Jackie much of the time. Though Jackie is faithful, he isn’t the type to sit and wait for his lover’s attentions. His self-assured ways and his geocaching hobby lead him to a dangerous discovery—all is not as it seems at the University. Trapped in the Gaslighter’s web, he’ll need to use every trick he knows to stay calm and buy time. But will Brian unravel the knot of mystery in time to save the man he loves?
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Publisher: Changeling Press
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Word Count: 45,000
Setting: London, England
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
So this is the sequel to the newly released A Shot of J&B, which was an expanded retelling of only the first half of the original book by the same title. So this is the expanded retelling of the second half of the original A Shot of J&B. My point is, if you haven't yet read the newest version of A Shot of J&B, stop here and go read that first. This isn't a stand alone and the first book needs to be read first.
For those who HAVE read the first book, you know it is mostly centered around the romance between Brian & Jackie, and only a little bit about Brians "Gaslighter" case. This book however is just the opposite. This book is more about the "psychological thriller" aspect than the "romance" aspect. Between Brian constantly being called in to work long days, forays into the psyche of the "Gaslighter" villain, and Jackie adjusting to a new University, living in a new country,and trying to make new friends, the romance tends to get "benched" quite a bit. The romance IS still there, it's just consigned to the back burner, frustrating both men, until the end of the book and it's ultimate HEA.
So does this mean it's a bad book? No of course not! Not so long as you like psychological thriller romances. The story gave me chills at times, thanks to the twisted psyche of the villain! And yes, while the romance is for the most part sidelined, the guys DO manage to get together a few times for some hot D/s action! (and 1 of those scenes has Jackie learning something that helps save him later!) So yes, it's a good book, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Lou Sylvre takes us from here in the Vasquez Inc series!