Monday, January 26, 2015

Rasputin's Kiss by L.M. Somerton

Rasputin's Kiss
Rasputin's Kiss by L.M. Somerton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Rasputin’s Kiss we meet Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and Detective Conor Trethuan as they work together to catch a serial killer. Despite the gravity of the subject, I found Alex’s recruitment process that eventually led him to Conor quite amusing. The scene serves to set the mood of the book and strikes a great balance between humor and seriousness and the author does an excellent job of tempering the starkness of the investigation with humor.

While the relationship between Alex and Conor progressed quickly, somehow it worked in this case. The emotional connection was forged so early in their relationship that it bordered on insta-love yet the author managed to keep it from feeling rushed or forced, thus avoiding the insta-love feel. I believe that the D/s aspect of their assignment may have hastened their bond due to the level of trust involved, but again the speed of development felt right. In fact, when Alex asserted his dominance over Conor during sex, the chemistry between the two men increased and this made for some unbelievable sex scenes.

The romantic suspense angle was well written and the reader is not privy to information that allows them to figure out who the responsible party is. Actually the book seems to be written in such a way as to insure that the suspense is experienced while withholding info that would allow the reader to figure out "who done it?" However, for me this resulted in there not being quite as much suspense throughout the book as I would have expected for a police thriller, but the police standoff at the end more than made up for it. Rasputin’s Kiss was a terrific read and I’m looking forward to starting Evil’s Embrace next.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

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