Friday, May 05, 2017

Release Day Book Brief: Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter

every breath you takeTitle ~ Every Breath You Take

Author ~ Robert Winter

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 5th May 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense

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Synopsis

When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man. 

But young gay men in Washington, DC, are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.

 

Freya’s Book Brief

The storyline is simple but effective. Man loves and leaves them, finds someone he connects with but can’t be with because of events earlier in his life. Complications ensue.

Seems like a straight forward plot, but this is a story that has a twist – one that involves murder. Thomas is the man who never goes out with the same guy twice, but underneath it all, he’s a good guy that I couldn’t help love. Zachary is the man who gets under Thomas’s skin. He is new in town, young and in many ways na├»ve. Zachary is also not out to his homophobic religious parents. Thomas can’t put his finger on what it is about Zach that attracts him. But, after they spend an amazing night together Thomas pulls the dick move and forces himself to break Zach’s heart. As for Zach - he’s hurting, but he tries to let his head rule his heart.

The entourage of these men is a classy set of characters, each with their highlights in the story. Joe and Terry are adorable. Joe, a former monk with pink underwear, who runs a shelter for gay homeless people. Randy is the butch barman with a heart of gold and useful background. Then, there’s the sufficiently creepy stalker whose thoughts litter the chapters. There are other characters, too, but I’m not into full cast lists.

It’s a shame that this story contains the two actions that I read in almost every other book – the bitten lip and the phrase ‘come for me’ - gah. I don’t know why, but they just grate on me. Other than that, the emotional side of this story is extremely well done. My heart ached for Thomas and Zach.

Every Breath You Take, is engaging. It isn’t an action story, but there is action. And towards the end OMG, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page.

Purchase Links

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Meet Robert Winter 

Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.

Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.      

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