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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux

Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux
Puiblisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (170 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex, masturbation, Voyeurism, Menage, M/M/M, Multiple Partners, Forced Seduction, Mention of Rape, Toys, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

What can bring a strong career Marine to his knees?

Daniel Deveraux is a man of action. He doesn't allow his life to be complicated by anything or anyone. He left the Marines after deciding that the don't-ask-don't-tell policy was more than he could abide. He returned home in search of a simple life, one devoid of the insanity he'd endured in Iraq. Love for him was a distant dream.

Brandon Matthews is an exceptional man, both in body and in mind. His magnetic personality and exceptional good looks were an impenetrable wall behind which this damaged man safely hid. His journey found him working days as a carpenter, and nights as "eye candy" at a local gay bar.

The two men find themselves on a tumultuous journey of emotional and sexual revelation that threatens to destroy them both. The intense sexual relationship binds them in a way neither one expects.

The question remains—will the deep sexual bond bring the two men together in a deep and enduring love? Or will it destroy them?

So much drama, so much angst, but such a great read.

I must admit I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while. I'd walk past it and take it down, only to put it back. Why? I'd read the first few pages and was sucked in, but I put it back because I didn't want the story to end. I knew it had to--there's only 170 pages. I'm glad I read the book, I only wish I'd gotten to it a LOT faster.

Initially I wasn't impressed with Brandon. He grated on my nerves because he had so much baggage. That said, the farther I got in the book, the more I respected him and the more I fell in love with him. He's complex and Mr. Deveraux wrote him with such care, I felt like I was right there and could hug Brandon. Heck, I wanted to. The descriptions put me right in his shoes. I liked Daniel, even when he got irksome. Why? I understood his feelings and could identify with him. He's a good man trying to figure out how to get what he wants out of life. Loved it.

Before I go any further, there were a few things that kept me from fully enjoying this book. Many times the same descriptions were used for the same character. I liked knowing how hot both men were, but felt there were times when I didn't need to be told again. I enjoyed Mr Deveraux's story telling. There were times I wasn't sure where the characters lived, but it never yanked me from the story.

I do have to mention there are more than a couple scenes that aren't for the faint of heart. There's a great deal of sexuality in the story and Mr Deveraux handles the emotions behind the acts well. If the reader isn't expecting a BDSM scene, then it could come across as a shock. Don't get me wrong, the scene made the book and gave me greater insight into the characters. The scene scorched the pages of the book and left me needing a cold drink. Yeah, it's that intense.

There aren't many books with characters who stick with me after the last page. This book is one of those rare exceptions. I wanted to spend more time with Daniel and Brandon. Good for me, there's two more books in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on them. If they are anything like this book, they will be worth the read. If you want a book that's strong on emotion and sex as well as a pair of characters guaranteed to wrap around your heart, then this is the book for you.

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