Review Tour ~ By Way of Pain (Criminal Delights Series #11) by J.M. Dabney (Teasers + Excerpt + Giveaway)


By Way of Pain

Criminal Delights Series, Book 11

J.M. Dabney

M/M Dark Romance

Release Date: 05.20.19

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Double lives were just the way it was for a man like me. By day I was a man with a reputation above reproach. Even assassins needed backup plans. For fifteen years, life was going without a hitch until I had to take out a witness. When it was time to kill him, beautiful eyes filled with fear urged me to do something else. Yet, in order to do that, I had to break him, and by way of pain, my captive would experience pleasure he’d never dreamed.

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.

Trigger Warnings: Title contains the following possible triggers. Humiliation, Violence, Master/slave elements, Male Chastity, Murder, Imprisonment, Dub-Con, and Brief Torture.

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4.5 stars

This book was twisted but in the best possible way! It was dark and absolutely made me question my sanity a bit when I realized how much I was enjoying it and did not want to put it down. You know a story is good when one of the main characters is not only flawed but is actually a bad person and yet you still love them. 

Cowen and Harrison worked perfectly for me. They were complete opposites but they learned to understand each other and their dynamic was solid. And the sex scenes… SHEESH… YUMMM. I love an aggressive sex scene and theirs fit that perfectly. 

We really get to see inside both characters’ heads, but reading Cowen’s POV really brought the story together. The author did a great job of creating a character so uniquely dark and giving him a voice that matched him. Great read! 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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I laughed with her through snippets of conversation, my meal, and the dessert I splurged on so I could stay a few minutes longer. I was isolated and wouldn’t deny it, yet I also didn’t want to admit it to anyone. Feigning happiness was something I’d done for so long that I didn’t know whether it was real or a figment of my imagination.

When I would walk inside the house, the lock clicking into place would have it all come back in blaring clarity. At least here or at work, I could pretend I wasn’t alone. That someone would miss me if I didn’t appear one day. Would they worry? Probably not. I’d be just another regular who disappeared—found another place to go for their meals or a new place to collect a paycheck.
Without an excuse to stay longer, I threw money on the counter to cover my meal and a generous tip. By the time I walked outside, the cool night breeze had blown away the smell of greasy spoon and strong coffee.
On occasion, I thought about testing my theory, just pack up and go away for a while. Only fear kept me from doing so. It wasn’t about the unknown or what existed outside of the city, but the fear my disappearance would be nothing more than a momentary blip. A split-second thought of where was he now.
I hated being depressed. Hating knowing that I was that dispensable. A forgettable part of the scenery. I shoved my hands in the deep pant pockets, and my steps were slow as I strode back to my car. Home was only a five-minute ride, and I dreaded it so much. I wanted someone who would miss me, mourn me when I’m gone, and yet I knew I’d just be a vague and fading memory.

J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. They live with a constant diverse cast of characters in their head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. J.M. lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure they do them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and they makes sure their characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more they want from telling their stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.

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