Book Name: Investigating Love (series) Individual titles are: Rasputin’s Kiss, Evil’s Embrace, Tarot’s Touch
Author Name: L M Somerton
Author Bio: L M lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
Where to find the author:
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Being thrown together in extreme circumstances is not the best foundation for a relationship. Alex and Conor must juggle the demands of their jobs as police detectives with their personal lives. With Alex as demanding in the bedroom as he is at work, will Conor be able to accept that submission is not weakness. Finding out will be the most important investigation of their lives.
What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife?
Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost—killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again.
When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger.
Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.
Never underestimate the power of obsession.
After the trauma of the Rasputin case, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his boyfriend, Detective Constable Conor Trethuan, are in desperate need of a holiday.
The peace and tranquillity of Cornwall can’t eradicate Conor’s nightmares, though, and the unbearable prospect of losing Alex drives him to confess feelings that he isn’t sure are reciprocated. Alex responds in the best way he knows how—by issuing orders and claiming Conor’s body as well as his heart.
Prematurely recalled to work, they are thrown into a dangerous trafficking case focused on a leather bar with a hardcore reputation, Spikes. Conor is sent in undercover, not knowing that he is only a decoy. When Alex learns that the motivation behind his team’s involvement in the case might not be as straightforward as it seems, he realises that his actions might jeopardise not just their relationship, but Conor’s life, too. A shadowy figure from Conor’s past is about to step into the light.
Can truth be found in the cards?
DI Alex Courtney and his lover, DC Conor Trethuan are under enormous pressure as their team investigates an arson case and a murder.
It soon becomes apparent that the two cases are linked and the race is on to find a vicious killer. A tarot card is left with the first victim and the detectives are left to interpret the clues it provides. When Conor receives a note from the killer making reference to another card, the whole team is shaken. Their worst fears are realised when a second body is discovered, along with another tarot card.
Conor suspects he has been followed, then a hit and run leaves him injured. Alex wants nothing more than to wrap his lover up in cotton wool and protect him from the world. But is Conor the killer’s target or just a pawn in a much more sinister game? As the clues come together it seems that the motive for murder might be revenge.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, BDSM, Mystery, Crime Drama
Excerpt from Tarot’s Touch:
Alex looked down at Conor, who was burrowing his way back under the duvet with some determination.
“I’ll have to deal with you later. For now, I have a much less appealing body to take a look at. A local beat officer has found a corpse just off the High Street. Could be a vagrant, could be something else.” He swung his legs out of bed, stood up and stretched.
“Want me to come?” Conor asked.
Alex snorted. “Like I said…I’ll deal with you later. No coming before then.” He gave what he hoped was an evil smile.
“Alex…” Conor’s tone was plaintive.
“I mean it. No coming. It’s an appropriate punishment for your behavior this morning. You can stay in bed though. I’m just going to assess the scene of crime. This could just be a natural death or an accident. If it’s murder—and I really hope it isn’t—there will be plenty of opportunity for both of us to have sleepless nights in the coming weeks. You’re still on the arson case anyway. Sarge would not be impressed if I stole you from that.”
“I think I’d rather be out in the rain with you than abandoned here with a raging hard-on,” Conor complained.
Alex chuckled. “Don’t think of it as abandonment, love, think of it as character building. An opportunity to demonstrate obedience.”
Conor was chewing on his lower lip again, looking delectable. Alex wanted nothing more than to jump back into bed and do all kinds of wicked things to his beautiful lover.
“My character doesn’t need building and my dick is not in the mood to be good.”
REVIEW FOR TAROT’S TOUCH
My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
This is third book in the “Investigating Love” series, and I’ve enjoyed them all.
Briefly, Alex and Conar met because Alex needed a man to go undercover as his boyfriend and to hang out at a bar called Black Orchid with him, as this seems to be the place where a serial killer has been lurking, targeting, and killing gay men. To complicate matters, both men are attracted to each other, and though Alex is a Dominant, Conar doesn’t yet realize he’s Alex’s perfect submissive. Once they get involved and the investigation takes off, their blooming romance, though a huge part of the plot, doesn’t get in the way of the investigation and solving the mystery. The author deftly twines the romance and the investigation together for a smooth, satisfying read. This is true for all three books.
In Tarot’s Touch, a murder victim is found with a tarot card clutched in his hand. The ensuing investigation challenges Alex and Conar in ways the previous investigations did not, ultimately pointing to one of them as the killer’s target. For mystery lovers, the twists and turns of the plot are handled well, a puzzle for the reader, and a thrill ride as the killer comes closer and closer to the two detectives. Add into the mix very hot love scenes, and I found this third book extremely difficult to put down.
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