Review of: Splintered by Tal Bauer

TITLE: Splintered
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: Criminal Delights-Obsession
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE:Horror/Thriller
RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2019

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Everything in Ben’s life was perfect. He had it all. The good career. The perfect partner, Evan. The happy home. They were even talking about turning the extra bedroom into a nursery.
But things start to splinter.
Evan begins missing time, not knowing where he was or how he got there. Terrors in the night rip them both from sleep, and Evan’s suddenly violent outbursts cost him his job and his reputation.
And voices in his head turn from whispers to screams, commanding him to act.
To turn on Ben.
How far will Ben go to save his partner’s life? How far is too far?
Should he have just… run away?
This book is part of the CRIMINAL DELIGHTS series. 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 blurred.
High heat, twisted, and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted!


This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say, I’m really impressed with his writing. His skills brought me right into the scenes, and that was kinda scary. This book is not one I would normally read, but I’m glad I did. I will definitely be reading this author in the future.

First, we meet Ben, who loves his home he grew up in and is restoring it for his future family. He has found the love of his life, and he’s been planning everything for their future. His childhood home done the way they want, the kids they plan to raise and of course, to grow old with his love. Then, out of the blue, his man goes to New York for an interview that could ruin them. Ben does not want him to take this job but feels guilty for wanting to hold him back.

Then comes Evan, who has just come back from his interview but does not get home until four hours after his plane landed. Then gets fired from his current job for all these emails that were sent to his boss but he did not write. He gets into a scuffle with security and Ben has to pick him up from that job. Evan does not understand what’s going on, but he hears sounds and voices, loses time and is slipping away from Ben.

This is a tragic story that pushes a truly loving relationship to unexpected trial and tribulations. Can Ben help Evan through this very difficult period in their lives? Can Evan trust Ben to always be there for him? Can true love conquer evil? You will get sucked into this book and feel you are there witnessing everything these two men go through. My body hurt just reading some of these scenes. Be prepared for the unexpected.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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Review: “Leather Head” by Matt Converse

TITLE: Leather Head
AUTHOR: Matt Converse
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
COVER ARTIST: Rue Volley
GENRE: Erotica; Horror/Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 47 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $.99 -e-book

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Gable is just playing dress up for San Francisco’s leather S&M fair, but Leather Head isn’t playing. His friend Shawn warns him to be careful what he’s advertising for since the community has been rocked by four brutal murders. Gable still thinks it’s all in fun, but it isn’t. Desire can be deadly.


This was a pretty intense short story. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but the author had me on edge for most of the story. The way this author described his characters, including the killer, had me immersed from the get-go.

Gable decides to dress up for the leather party even though it’s not his scene. He quickly decides he’s going to have fun with this. His best friend, Shawn, can’t believe how good he looks and warns him to be careful.

Leather Head is new in town and has already had a few of his victims at his mercy. Gable can’t get over how hot this man is and after a bathroom rendezvous, decides to go home with Leather Head.

This is a great chiller with some hot scenes. It will have you by the seat of your pants and gripping the sofa. I read it in one sitting and so will you. What will become of Gable? How will Shawn handle his missing best friend? It’s exciting to the end.

Enjoy

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The House the Devil Built” by Benjamin Hively

TITLE: The House the Devil Built
AUTHOR: Benjamin Hively
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Agata Broncel
GENRE: Horror/Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 187 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2017
PRICE: $5.94 -e-book / $13.99 -paperback
  

BLURB:

After purchasing a plantation home in the picturesque town of Acadian Springs, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country, Ashton and Dillon hoped the peace and quiet of this town would allow them to escape the insanity and problems that had forced them to move from New Orleans. Soon they find themselves facing more than just the problems that had precipitated their move. The hypocrisy and harassment they find from the majority of their new neighbors are a far cry from the sleepy, laid back town they had expected.
Fueled by the strange goings on in their home and the actions of the local townspeople, inner demons begin to manifest into something larger. Ashton, Dillon, and the whole town of Acadian Springs, LA, find themselves fighting against ignorance and morality, pride and prejudices, and eventually, even their own mortality.


jologooptimummIt took a while for me to get into this book but once I did, it was a real page turner. This is a supernatural horror story with an MM twist and a very powerful, emotive plot. Ashton and his husband Dillon have moved to an old plantation house that’s been on the market for a long time. The low price had proved irresistible, but they were never informed why! Ashton has just finished three months rehabilitation for a drink and drug habit brought on by his mother’s death and fuelled by depression. Dillon bought the new house to help them escape the temptation of the city, but the house has an evil history which soon makes itself known. I felt so strongly for these two men, going through so much, yet just wanting to be accepted and live a quiet life.

Terry took over as pastor of the Baptist church in Arcadian Springs from his father, and he has hopes that his son, Luke, will take over from him, though that looks less likely as the years pass. He visits the two men who have moved into the plantation house only to be horrified that they’re homosexual! He believes it’s his duty to rid the town of these abominations against God and he mobilises his congregation to do just that before they can spread their evil into the town. Terry angered me so much with his ego and arrogance that I found it hard to read about his actions against Ashton, Dillon and other innocent victims, and yet I felt compelled, almost, to bear witness to his hateful machinations.

When the front of the plantation house is vandalised with anti-gay graffiti, it falls to the sheriff, Mark, a friend of Pastor Terry to investigate. His investigation of the hate crime makes him question his own beliefs and his understanding of both friends and family. His family is torn apart by Trevor’s actions, and his own changing feelings and in the process tragedy strikes close to home and he’s swept down a path not completely of his own choosing.

The terror at the plantation continues to grow and the pace of the horror story, set against the bigotry of Pastor Terry and the church congregation, builds. This story involves demonic possession, rampant homophobia, and themes that are very emotive and is not for the faint-hearted. It’s not an easy read, but it is compelling. Ashton, Dillon and Mark are set on a course of confrontation amid the tragedy that’s become their lives. The tension heats up, and the run-up to the climax of the events had my emotions working overtime and my heart in my mouth. The outcome is absolutely right for the whole tone of the book although it’s not a totally comfortable conclusion, but there are no loose ends. I can recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind being swept away on a tide of strong emotions.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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