Marking His Mask

A Marksman Tale Book 2

by Gianni Holmes

Marking His Mask - Gianni Holmes - Marksman
Part of the A Marksman Tale series:
  • Marking His Mask
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99
Pages: 257

As police officers, we sometimes get carried away and feel like we are mini-gods, placed on earth to protect others, but every so often we are reminded of our own mortality.

Sergeant Julius King is going through his fourth divorce, though he’ll likely point out it’s technically the third since his first marriage was annulled. Sworn off men until he figures out why he’s so unlucky in love, King gets a distraction he could do without...the brutal murder of a fellow cop with no leads except a hyper-realistic mask caught on body cam.

Two years ago Emmett’s husband was murdered during a prank that went downhill fast. Seen as a liability, Emmett was shot and left for dead. Now struggling to cope with the effects of his traumatic brain injury, Emmett has a fear of the men in blue. Thankfully, he has the therapeutic practice of making masks as a hobby which soothes him.

The second he sees Emmett, King knows he’s screwed, but he tries to back off when it becomes all too clear Emmett’s brain functions differently. As Emmett’s mask-making puts him at the top of the suspect list, King finds himself searching for a killer as much as trying to prove Emmett’s innocence.

You’re the one I’m fighting for. I’m going to get you out of this alive. 

When another cop is murdered and Emmett’s life threatened, can King keep his distance from their only potential witness? Or will he be willing to compromise his job to protect the man he’s come to love?

Marking His Mask is an 85k word romantic mystery/suspense and police procedural that can be read as a standalone. This series focuses on cops gone 'rogue' to protect the men they love.

This book is on:
  • 3 To Be Read lists
Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Age Difference, Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Big Character / Little Character, Bodyguard/Guardian Angel, Criminals & Outlaws, Forbidden Love, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, In Uniform, Love Can Heal / Redemption, May/December, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Rescue, True Love
Word Count: 85000
Setting: San Diego
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Reviews:Karen on Amazon wrote:

Emmet is a very special MC with a horrible trauma in his past, and who still grieves for his murdered husband. He’s the kind of character you immediately feel protective of and I really needed Julius to prove himself worthy. Julius doesn’t have a great track record, as far as relationships go, to put it mildly. Emmett and Julius don’t exactly have a sweet meet-cute, and don’t make the best first impression on each other. It was interesting to see how things between them developed from there. There’s some angst in this book, and plenty of very emotional, moving moments. It’s an intense read. I loved it!

Emmett’s fear and distrust of police officers transfers to the reader and helps to create an atmosphere of unease and urgency while reading the book. It was hard to figure out who the good guys were and who the culprit(s).

The crime plot makes for a thrilling, nerve-wracking change of pace and brings a real sense of danger and suspense to the book, making it nearly impossible to put down. The author throws in some surprising plot twists as well and paced the story perfectly. This is a book you’ll want to read in one sitting!

Bookworm on Amazon wrote:

Hot cop & a beautifully broken artist is what this book holds.
I wanted to hug Emmett and whisper that everything would be ok. I wanted to hold Julius and remind him that he was a wonderful man. Instead they did those two things for me.
Emmett & Julius are without a doubt one of the most beautiful & heartfelt couples I've read.
This is the second book in the series and although you can absolutely read it as a standalone, I enjoyed seeing Mark and Mac (MC's from book 1) show up so happily in love!

About the Author

Gianni Holmes is a book nerd who pretends her obsession with Thor is completely healthy. She enjoys computer games, word games, and anything that will make her LOL. She loves bingeing on funny 'old but goodie' sitcoms such as I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls, and The Andy Griffith Show. She writes her characters with sass at the bottom, substance in the middle, and snark on top.

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