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Monday, April 5, 2010

Heart and Soul by Evangeline Anderson



Heart and Soul by Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: M/M, Voyeurism, Anal Play, Toys, Violence
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

The Boys are Back…

It’s been two years since tall, dark, and stoic Detective Valenti, and his partner, blond, intense O’Brian came to terms with their true feelings for each other. Going undercover at the RamJack, the most notorious gay resort in the country, tested their friendship to the limit and forged a new love between them that has grown immeasurably since.

But now O’Brian has accepted a new, dangerous undercover assignment where Valenti cannot follow. Working for James Talbert, the man who is single-handedly responsible for more illegal pornography than anyone else in the country, is bad enough. But the porn kingpin is also suspected of making gay snuff films—and his last five stars have ended up six feet under.

Valenti begs his partner not to go, but O’Brian is determined to take the assignment—and then fails to check in at the appointed time. Fearing the worst, Valenti goes undercover to rescue his partner, only to find himself caught in Talbert’s sadistic web. Now he and O’Brian will be forced to act out a madman’s darkest desires on film and hope they both survive. The ordeal will test their love and force them to bare themselves to each other in a way they never have before, both Heart and Soul.

Detectives Nick Valenti and Sean O’Brian are partners in every meaning of the word. Can they survive O’Brian’s undercover assignment? If so, will Valenti and O’Brian stay together as partners at work and as lovers?

Ms. Anderson brings Valenti and O’Brian back for another visit. In this fourth installment in their story, she takes the reader through the emotions of partners being separated, and the fear Valenti feels when he does't hear from O’Brian at the scheduled time. When Nick goes to the mansion where Sean is being held, they both end up captured. Nick and Sean are forced into rough play with each other while in a hostage situation. When they are finally freed, Nick is in the hospital from his injuries and wondering where Sean is at. When Nick is being ready to be released from the hospital, he has a visitor. He thinks Sean is finally coming to see him, but instead it is their boss telling him that Sean quit.

Can Nick talk Sean out of quitting? Can he convince Sean that he is fine with them still being together?

Ms. Anderson does a great job of showing the agony one partner goes through knowing he is hurting the person he loves. I’ve enjoyed Nick and Sean’s story from the beginning when they became a couple. They are a great gay for you story. Ms. Anderson makes you feel like you actually know Nick and Sean and has you on the edge of your seat hoping everything works out and help arrives on time. She also shows that the partner being hurt can get past their hurt and know that what is happening is worse for the person causing them the pain. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to seeing more of Nick and Sean.

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