Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Hacked Up
Author: Ethan Stone
Heroes: Peter Tao
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: Stone Publishing
Release Date: February 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Review: Honestly, this story should have been titled Hacked Off. Think Lorena Bobbitt and what she did to her cheating husband and you instantly get what this book is about, but serial killer style.
If you are looking for a sweet romance, then you need to move along; the main gist of this book is the drama and police procedural with a slow burning romance on the side. Which, as it turns out, was exactly what I needed it to be, but didn’t realize that until the end. I think I am the rare bird that doesn’t need for the romance to take center stage if the main plot and story lines are solid, which this one is.
There are so many twists and turns, the mystery unfolded slowly, but then my suspects either redeemed themselves or were killed off, so I was that reader who didn’t know who the murderer was until it was finally revealed…and that in itself was a twist I didn’t see coming. There were so many diversionary tactics being used to throw me off that I couldn’t be sure if I trusted anyone.
As I alluded to above, the murders are horrendous, with body mutilation, and revenge-based on cheating spouses. However, there is no cheating amongst the two men in this romance. And considering this is a book about the fallout and consequences of being a cheater, there wasn’t even any sex in the book. That was another thing I didn’t miss and was surprised about when I reached the end. It wasn’t needed and it take away from my enjoyment.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy gay drama with a splash of romance and a strong happy-for-now. I think it was great story and I could barely put it down, so if that sounds like you, then I would suggest you give this one a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*