Love and Punishment
Susan Mac Nicol
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
The search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.
FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.
Anthony walked down the hall. He reached the bedroom and gently pushed the door open. He saw Flynn framed in the light of the lamp shining from the lounge. He lay, apparently asleep, on the leather and wood divan Anthony had brought over from Italy. Its dark burgundy colour contrasted with what Flynn wore, which was nothing but a black thong lying stark against his pale skin. The divan was under the window. The bed covers were rumpled, as if Flynn had been sleeping. His robe was draped across the foot of the bed. Anthony moved towards the gleaming body of his supine lover.
Flynn’s face was turned away towards the back of the sofa. His dark hair was tousled and his arms stretched above his head to the right. He wore a blindfold. Anthony felt a stir in his groin seeing those lean, hairy legs stretched out wantonly, inviting him to run his hands up and over his groin. Even appearing asleep, Flynn had the power to excite him, to make Anthony hard and ready. He stepped towards him, watching the rise and fall of Flynn’s chest with their already hardened nubs. Anthony wanted to run his tongue over that chest, with its smattering of fine hair, to take Flynn’s nipples in his mouth and suck them until Flynn groaned in pleasure. As he got closer in the dim light he saw the hands with their bonds of silk. Green bonds lay dark against Flynn’s wrists, fastened to the wooden struts of the upright chair arm. His hands were tight fists. Anthony chuckled softly, a noise that sounded loud in the stillness of the room.
“Been waiting long?’ he whispered as he took off his jacket. ‘I tried to get home as soon as I could.”
Anthony knew the bonds would be loose so Flynn could break free if needed but he also knew he wouldn’t. It was the way the game was played.
I do enjoy a good serial killer novel and Love and Punishment really worked for me. I enjoyed the chase and the little POV from our killer.
The story grabbed me from the beginning; much the same way Flynn Parker is grabbed by the bowtie killer (BTK) on the first page. But Flynn isn’t to be the next body found he’s just the perfect pawn BTK needs to taunt DI Anthony Parglietto as he continues to leave bodies all over London. Anthony is determined to stop BTK but how far is he willing to go to make that happen, will he cross that line between hero and villain? How far will Flynn go to protect his lover, Anthony, from BTK once he is threaten with keeping secrets from Anthony.
One of the things I really liked about the story was that our MC’s were already in an established relationship; instead of falling into insta-love while tracking a killer. Those types of stories always make me go huh, you have time to get busy and fall in love while tracking down a killer? This was more like getting home and falling into the arms of your lover to give you strength. That statement holds for our killer as well.
I also liked the fast pace of Love and Punishment even with the sex breaks (and there were quite a few of those) the story maintained it’s flow. Oh and I really liked the last part of the book were we see how Anthony tries to come to terms with his actions.
About halfway through the story Flynn’s role kind of takes a backseat as BTK’s POV and lover’s POV become more of the focus and Anthony trying to figure it all out. This almost made it feel like you were getting a bonus book/story. How would you know you are dating a serial killer and what would you do if your lover found out you were a serial killer? Makes you look at your significant other and think hmm did they really go to work or were they killing someone…
Some of the actions by the police officers in this story really didn’t ring true to me but I’m sure it was done to push the story in a certain direction. And some of the editing got really choppy toward the end of the story. But overall I really enjoyed this story the suspense was always there bubbling under the surface and I liked that a lot.
Reviewed by Bookjunkie
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Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.
Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.
Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
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