Review Tour ~ Love Kills (Criminal Delights: Serial Killers) by Michael Mandrake (Giveaway)

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Length: 56,600 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Deranged birds of a feather flock together… leaving trails of blood in their wake.

Holland has fantasies most can’t accept. When potential mates discover Holland’s bloodlust, it’s too late for them to refuse. Determined to get what he wants, Holland continues to seek a man to fulfill his deepest desire and he won’t stop at anything

Archer is inspired and aroused by the tales he’s heard from his boyfriend. Still, he’s greedy for something that pushes him over the edge. Although this might drive him and his partner apart, Archer’s dark want won’t disappear.

Clint’s love for his job has slipped for years, and he’s pondered change. These days he’s cared more about how to please his man, than the rigorous position of solving murder cases. Clint thinks his attitude will eventually get better, thus prompting him to stay aboard. Still, the constant worry of Archer finding someone new niggles at him.

Putting sketchy characters behind bars had always been Clint’s forte, but when new feelings arise, Clint’s conscience is tested. Furthermore, what will happen if Clint is forced to choose between the love of his life, his career, and his morality?

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

3.5 Stars!

So all I can say is this, if you don’t like dark, don’t read Love Kills. I’d hope that you can tell from the blurb and the Criminal Delights series that these books focus on topics that make a lot, if not most people, uncomfortable. Generally speaking, we aren’t looking at epic love stories or the heroes that come and save the day for their beloveds. No these are bad guys and anti-heroes, assholes, murderers and criminals and well, general crazy people. They’re all pretty scary.

Love Kills is about three men. Holland is a murderer/rapist who targets men. Clint is a homicide detective who’s currently struggling with things and Archer is the man (who I hate) who they both can’t quite stop falling in love with. None of these three men are particularly likable to me in all honesty. Holland seems to be the only one who I feel is straight forward or “what you see is what you get”. I mean, he’s a psychopath who craves killing men. He has the f’d up past and criminal record. He is who he is and that’s what makes him the easiest to accept.

Archer is just a sick guy whose kink (no kink-shaming here) is much darker than I’d ever feel comfortable with. I’m not calling him sick because he enjoys blood and edge play, no, it’s the fact that he knowingly loves and sleeps with a serial killer and protects him basically, while also living and sleeping with a cop. Sorry folks but I’m not a person who’s ever been able to live a person who enjoyed brutally killing people, just not my cup of tea (although I willingly read a book and was entertained by the subject matter so who am I to judge, I guess, lol).

Clint is probably the most “normal” of the three; however, I’m thinking he’s not the white knight I would’ve hoped for. I kind of wished he would’ve left Archer and arrested Holland but that wasn’t the story so, oh well. I think I’d like him better if he’d turned out to be a hero as opposed to what he basically became.

As for chemistry, sure it was there although it definitely was not off the charts. The sex scenes were steamy enough but again, not off the charts. I could’ve used more in the long run in order to make me feel as if these three couldn’t live or function without the other two. In the end, though, I almost felt as if I was left waiting for it all to just blow up in their faces. How long can a relay like theirs truly last I wonder and when Clint discovers the depth of what’s happening with Holland, how is there not going to be a complete FUBAR of a situation and the blowback to end all blowbacks for all of them?

Overall, I’d say Love Kills is entertaining and interesting but I certainly didn’t love it. I’d only recommend it to people who enjoy dark reads and like unlikable characters.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

About the Author

Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Through these, he builds worlds not centered on romance but rather the mainstream and/or obscure plots we might encounter in everyday life and beyond.

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