Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Rasputin’s Kiss
Author: L.M. Somerton
Series: Investigating Love #1
Heroes: Alex Courtney/Conor Trethuan
Genre: MM Thriller
Length: 222 Pages
Publisher: Totaly Bound
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
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Blurb: What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife? Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost-killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again. When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger. Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.(
Review: This was a great start to a new series involving Detectives Alex Courtney and Conor Trethuan. Alex is the lead detective of his team and super macho. An out, proud, but not in your face man who barks orders at work, and in the bedroom. Conor is a young, beautiful detective who was saved from slum work in the police stations basement to being used a decoy to pull a serial killer out of hiding. Poor Conor is used and abused, but he loves it.
The serial killer is killing young, beautiful gay men in the most horrific fashion. Conor is exactly his type and the perfect man to use as a decoy. But, in order to come across as authentic, both Alex and Conor have to pretend to be out and proud detective boyfriends. Alex has his hands full because his Dom side has come roaring to forefront and Conor instinctively reacts. Alex can’t help but fall into the magnetic pull of Conor’s submissive nature.
I struggled with Alex a little bit. I get that he was a straight shooter, but he came across at times as a bully. Conor loved it, but he is a bit gruff at first and it took a while for me to warm up to him. Forcing Conor to up and move in with him, I got, but forcing himself on him in the protection of his house, even if it was appreciated, seemed to go a little bit against protocol.
The plot thickens when Conor and Alex play their roles too perfectly and does indeed grab the killer’s attention. Unfortunately, the killer is good at his job too and is able to abduct Conor with no way for the team or Alex to locate him. The clock is ticking and the killer’s knives are sharp.
The rescue of Conor was really exciting and I have to admit that I was getting a little nervous that Alex was going to be too late in finding him. Needless to say, Conor is rescued and the killer is caught…but at what cost to Conor? The beauty is that it forced Alex to admit his feeling for Conor and Conor reciprocates, but these guys have been through hell and need a vacation. That little bit of time off is where we begin book two and I can’t wait to start it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*