Mystery, M/M - Novel
TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
When veterinarian Jeremy Reed hears a thump one night on his front step, he expects to find an abandoned animal. What he gets is battered and broken cop Brendan Wheeler. Kidnapped from his apartment five days earlier by an unknown man, Brendan now sports a vivid tattoo across his back depicting a young woman’s death, a woman nobody knows.
Until the next morning when Jeremy discovers her dead body.
Brendan wants to find the killer. Jeremy wants Brendan to survive. And someone wants both of them to pay...
Brendan Wheeler is taken captive for five days before he manages to break free. He comes away with not only emotional scars but a tattoo on his back that paints a picture of a horrible murder. Jeremy Reed offers a safe place and comfort while they search out the mystery of who is doing this.
I loved how different this book was. You have the captivating idea of the tattoo on the back and the fact that the authors didn’t stick to stereo-types on the characters at all. Brendan might be the cop but he was not the dominate in the relationship at all but he is still all man. Jeremy is an African American veterinarian with a take charge attitude. There were no twinks in this story. The pace was really well written in how it kept up with the mystery but the romance evolved nice and gradual. There was no instant love but you could easily feel them falling in love. Actually my only complaint was the who-dun-it. That could have been written better, reached a little bit further. It felt kind of thrown together but the romance was good enough that it covered for it.
I’m hoping we will revisit these characters and get more of their happily ever after.