Bethany reviews Evil’s Embrace (Investigating Love Book 2) by LM Somerton (Published by Totally Bound Publishing on May 29, 2014)
Why I read this book: After finishing book 1 I knew I had to start book 2.
We were offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Ok so after crap that Conor endured in book one Alex decides that before he returns to work Conor needs a vacation. Lucky for them Conor’s grandparents have left him their vacation cottage in Cornwall. I loved that they took the time to get away and let Conor heal mentally as well as physically. This also gives them time to get to know one another better, cause I can still feel Conor’s struggle with his need to submit.
I also enjoyed that I got to meet the people that Conor considers parents to him. Now this could just be me but I felt like it was hinted at that something was going on in the cliffs and tunnels that Conor explored as a kid. And right when I thought something might come of that, they get called back to the city for a trafficking case. So while I feel like something bad is going on and we never find out what, I LOVE IT, because I feel like it leaves room for another book.
I really think this is a strong second book to follow the first one. It progresses naturally and I enjoy that. I never felt like it was too slow or rushed. The undercover case that they are working on provides just the right amount of drama and suspense without it overpowering the mc’s relationship. It is the perfect balance of fun, smexy times and action/adventure.
LM Somerton has done it again with book two and it is one that I highly recommend. Yet while this one could be read as a standalone, in order to completely understand this one I suggest reading book one first. Now on to book three.
Lucinda 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 some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.