Book Name: Investigating Love (series) Individual titles are: Rasputin’s Kiss, Evil’s Embrace, Tarot’s Touch
Author Name: L M SomertonAuthor 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.
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Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
SERIES: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
Alex glanced at the clock on his kitchen wall—it was almost eleven. Less than twenty-four hours to wait until Conor arrived and moved in. Alex wasn’t sure how he was going to make it through a whole working day before he got to see the young detective again. He couldn’t wait to have his new recruit all to himself. Conor was stunning, but it wasn’t just his looks that appealed to Alex. He couldn’t remember ever being so strongly affected by someone. There was something enigmatic and alluring about the young man that tied his stomach in knots. He didn’t even know if Conor was gay. Now that really would be humiliating—he was far too old to be having a crush, particularly on a colleague. His gaydar had never been particularly reliable but he had a good feeling about Conor. Surely he would have been a bit more interested in the pretty waitress at the restaurant if he’d been straight. But then again, perhaps he was just shy. He might already have a girlfriend, or a boyfriend… Alex groaned at that thought. It would be bloody typical for him to find a gorgeous man, fall for him, then discover he was engaged to his childhood sweetheart. He was getting way ahead of himself. He was a detective. He would find out everything he needed to know through subtle and cunning questioning as soon as the opportunity arose. Subtle and cunning? No chance. He had a feeling that Conor would respond to Alex’s Dom voice and spill his entire life history if Alex ordered it. Oh, that would be so perfect. If Conor turned out to be both gay and submissive then Alex would renounce atheism and start believing that there was a God.
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