Thursday, February 21, 2013

They're at a Crossroads

Crossroads (Crossroads #1)
By Keta Diablo
Warning: This series contains intense, graphic male/male sexual activityHandsome ex-cop Frank McGuire is on a quest to locate his dead partner's missing son. Rand Brennan has an identity issue, exacerbated since the death of his father. Hoping to find himself, Rand drops out of college, takes to the streets, and doesn't realize he's embroiled in duplicity and murder. In order to save Rand, Frank must confront the nefarious killers and...confront his long-suppressed feelings for Rand.



Review: 
Ex-cop turned P.I. Frank McGuire has two big secrets in his life. The first is his almost psychic ability and the second is, he is in love with the son of his dead partner. He puts the first to good use in his P.I. business and the second he stays as far away from as he possibly can, until Rand goes missing.

So much happens in the course of this book it's hard to believe it's only 50 pages. We have a serial killer, a missing son and an alcoholic ex-cop who is trying to deny his feelings. To say this story hits the ground running and never stops would be an understatement. There are a couple of intense sexual encounters that could be called questionable if that was all you read, but if you continue on with the series they will become less so. I myself had more of a problem with the son of a cop and an ex-cop seeming to have to no regard for gun safety.

Intense, graphic, and intriguing!

Rating: 4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
This book was given to us by the author, many thanks!

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Crossroads Revisited (Crossroads #2)
By Keta Diablo
The streets of Baltimore are mean enough without the threat of a serial killer, and when the fourth in a string of suspicious deaths is discovered, former cop Frank McGuire's intuitive senses kick into high gear.
The pattern of victims — male college students, all homosexual — especially leaves Frank concerned, as they bear striking similarities to his ward and lover, Rand Brennan. Rand struggles with his classes and temptations, yet revels in the delicious punishment Frank delivers when's bad. If only Frank would admit his feelings for Rand run deeper than he lets on...before the killer strikes again.

Review:
Things have progressed for Frank and Rand to the point that the pair are living together, but not exactly in harmony. Frank is still trying to deny he has feelings for Rand but can't seem to keep his hands off of him. Rand is trying to get Frank to see him as a partner and not a child but keeps hitting a wall.

The story that Ms. Diablo is able to create and tell in just a few pages is incredible. The murder/mystery suspense aspects of her books are tight and will suck you in so fast that before you realize it you're at the end of the story. The relationship building while sexually intense also has a lot of caring. The growth of both character's from the first to the second book was believable and I for one couldn't wait to see what happened next.


Rating: 4 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
This book was given to us by the author, many thanks!

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Crossroads Showdown (Crossroads #3)
by Keta Diablo
Tough PI, Frank McGuire, attempts to help the FBI locate three abducted children from a small town in West Virginia. While channeling his inner spirit for assistance, he mistakenly calls forth a ghost. As Frank races against time to locate the missing girls, he receives help from the most unlikely of sources. To complicate matters, Rand has decided its time Frank commit to their relationship—or run the risk of Rand being gone when he returns.



REVIEW: The series begins to take off in book three as the men really begin to delve into their relationship. Readers will gain a better insight into just what brings Frank and Rand together - and it is near combustible. The action is intense and the story line is intriguing, making it near impossible to put down. But the conclusion seemed rushed and not as smooth as the rest of the book... perhaps because more resolution comes in book four.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.

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Crossroads Shadowland (Crossroads #4)
by Keta Diablo
Frank must travel to Louisiana to solve another missing persons' case. This time, Rand insists on accompanying Frank to get a hands-on introduction to the PI business. Evil forces are at work in the bayou. Frank is pitted against a centuries' old ghost and races against time to save two innocent young men from eternal damnation. Rand gets caught in vortex of prejudice when he encounters a sinister duo bent on violence against gays. Evil machinations converge in a maelstrom of retribution and hate. Frank must pull out all the stops to save the young men and the man who holds his heart.


REVIEW: Readers will be pleased with the final book in Rand and Frank's story. The men finally -and I mean, finally- accept that they are in a relationship and are in (gasp!) love. The resistance nearly killed me through the series and how Rand held out, I'll never understand. But it did add credibility to Frank's character, the manly man. As they work to solve this case together, there's a sense of rightness that in the end, even Frank can't deny. Book four was my favorite of the series.





RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.

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