Detective Tom Hanson has a string of grotesquely mutilated bodies on his hands and no answers—aside from the fact that the victims were members of an underground sex club catering to singular erotic tastes. Tastes the long, lean detective has sampled himself in the arms of his former lover, a fiery redhead who offered the most erotic, irresistible sex he’d ever encountered. Until the night she’d begged for the one thing he couldn’t give, and he lost her forever.
Gina Larsen is the only one who can guide Hanson through the fringe world of dark fantasy and desire that lies hidden deep beneath the Bible Belt. Lured into her lair by a quest for justice, Hanson discovers his hunger for Gina has only grown stronger and deeper…beyond the edge of control. Soon he’s shedding his last inhibitions in the search for answers, but the more she draws him into her erotic web, the less he can distinguish between passion and duty, pleasure and pain…good and evil.
Short review: Mind. Blowing.
Longer review: Let me start out by saying that I grew up sneaking my older brother’s John Grishams and lying to the librarian saying that my parents said I could check out Nelson DeMille when I was 10. I read this book while having a Castle marathon. I LOVE murder mysteries. That said, I’ve read so many murder mysteries, I can usual figure out the killer by chapter three at the latest. Not this book. I was well into 78% done before I started saying no way is that person the killer to myself. I barely guessed it before the delectable Hanson figured it out. It was that good a mystery.
But hey, isn’t this supposed to be a BDSM erotic novel a la 50 Shades of Vanilla Grey? Never fear, it was both and more. The aforementioned fanfic was written by someone who watched a few videos and read a book while typing on her phone. This novel was written by someone who lives the life of a submissive (and has a full grasp of spelling, grammar, and syntax along with a top-notch editor). She is part of the community and she knows what really is acceptable and what is just abuse wrapped in a silk tie. This is not “mommy porn”. This is The Life as it really is with a tantalizing mystery woven inside and around it.
The beginning is poetic and true. The first chapter is short and ends in heartbreak, but the characters are so well developed in such a short span the heartbreak is shared. I can’t say enough about how well written and detailed this book is in a tight 85,000 words.
The crime scenes are brutal and explicit as are the sex scenes. If you’re squeamish, this isn’t the book for you. If you love a good mystery and know real kink when you see it, dive right in! A+
Legal stuff: I received this book from NetGalley and eKinsington. I am not being paid for this review.