Title ~ Borderline (Book One Delarosa Secrets)
Author ~ T.A. Chase
Publisher ~ Totally Bound Publishing
Published ~ 12th February 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary, Crime Thriller, Mystery
Book One in the Delarosa Secrets series
Surrounded by secrets, two men search for a serial killer, while trying to keep it from becoming personal.
Mac Guzman is a Texas Ranger and lead detective on a serial killer case rocking the city of Houston. He’s willing to take help from anyone, especially when it comes in the form of the gorgeous FBI profiler, Tanner Wallace. Mixing business with pleasure has never been an option for Mac, but he just might change his mind and seduce Tanner into his bed.
Tanner Wallace joined the Bureau and became a profiler to catch bad guys. Also, it might have a little to do with making up for the evil caused by his family’s business. When he’s called in to consult on a serial killer case in Houston, Tanner never expects to meet Mac. The handsome Texas Ranger brings to mind hot, sweaty nights wrapped in each other’s arms, yet Tanner knows Mac would walk away if he ever found out who Tanner’s family really is.
With the threat of another murder hanging over their heads, Tanner and Mac will have to find a way to work past their differences before the killer strikes again
Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Sometimes people do horrible things to other people and Macario and Tanner are two of the men that have to clean up the resulting mess. Macario works as a Texas Ranger and Tanner is a profiler for the FBI. Tanner gets called in to work on Mac's case when Mac's boss decides they need a fresh set of eyes on a set of five murders committed by a serial killer.
Tanner and Mac's coming together was...sweet, interesting...nope, I will go back to sweet. Or hot. Depending on your point of view.
If Macario had changed and cleaned up, that could mean he considered this more than just a working meeting. Of course, having his tongue halfway down Tanner's throat might be a more obvious sign.
The killer was a focal point in the book, which makes sense given that Tanner and Mac met because of the murders. Tanner has a bad feeling about the man, worried about his intelligence and the rate at which the crimes are escalating.
"I'm afraid there'll be another woman sooner than we expect. He's got a taste for the fear now, and it's a hungry monster."
It doesn't help that both Mac and Tanner are keeping secrets from each other. But initially that isn't a problem. Both men are naturally private people and they have a professional relationship. Once they become intimate that professionalism is a little harder to hang onto, as you would expect, but it adds some delicious tension to the story.
Christ! It was going to be hard to focus on the case with Macario in the same room with him, especially after having tasted the man the night before.
When I read a book I judge how good it is by how it makes me feel when I have finished it. Not very scientific or professional, I know, but fiction books are meant to be entertaining. This book was brilliant on a lot of levels. The police procedural information appeared realistic, Tanner's work as a profiler and his insights were amazing and yet again, also very realistic. From a murder mystery perspective this was a perfect book. You were kept guessing well into the story about who the killer was, and the idea of Tanner's secret was hinted at, but never revealed until the last third of the book.
My problem, for the want of a better word, was that with so much emphasis put on the murder side of things, the relationship between the two men seemed a little choppy. There was also an incident where (fairly early on in their relationship) Tanner said they could dispense with condoms, yet there was no talk of testing or anything. For two professional law enforcement officers who both admitted to a stack of one night stands, I thought this was a bit out of character.
Despite those little issues this was another brilliant offering by T.A. Chase. I see it is book one in a series and hope that maybe in the next book we might see more of Vincent and Perez, or possibly Macario's partner. I will definitely be reading it regardless.
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Meet T.A. Chase
There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. I live in the Midwest with a wonderful partner of thirteen years. When not writing, I’m watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.