Dana reviews Selling It by Sara York (Published by Totally Bound Publishing, April 16, 2012, 208 pages)
Why I read this: I read the Southern Thing series previously and wanted to check out more books by this author. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: Love heals all scars.
Teens are dying and Blaine Wilson, a DC police detective, knows why. The scars on his right leg, left rib cage and left collar bone are a brutal reminder of his past as a teen prostitute, and a key to solving this investigation.
Blaine’s trips to gay bars are reckless but he’s searching for solace for his wounds. When he meets Andy everything changes. Dating Andy forces him out of the closet at work and then he has to admit his past indiscretions to his captain.
Andy falls in love at the drop of a hat and he’s promised his two best friends he won’t fall so easily again. When he meets Blaine he’s helpless to resist the instant attraction.
Andy and Blaine are dedicated to making their relationship work when the killer targets Andy and his two best friends. Can Blaine save his lover and Andy’s friends without losing himself?
Lately, I’ve been a big fan of mysteries/thrillers in the LGBT genre.The storyline in Selling It was good. A killer is out there attacking mostly young, gay, and homeless male prostitutes. The wounds he leaves in the process of ending their lives are exact matches to Detective Blain Wilson’s. Years before he was on the streets and barely survived his own attack, so he believes the killer is the same one. The only problem is as the reader learns is that it appears that the murderer is just one of many trained to mark these young men in the name of God. It is truly frightening to think that hate is spread this way.
As far as the characters go, I really like Blaine and Andy, the man he meets at a bar one night. They do their very best to take things slow, because Blaine is not “out” and Andy has a history of falling for men too quickly. They do try, but they don’t do so well, the feelings they have for each other growing very quickly. Especially against the backdrop of these murders that Blaine is investigating.
During the investigations, Blaine tries to help a homeless teen named Nate, so that he won’t be the next victim. I wanted to like Nate, and empathize with him, especially when the killer attacks him, and he just manages to escape with his life. The problem is when Andy watches over him in the hospital so the young man doesn’t feel alone, he develops a very unhealthy obsession. It killed all feelings I could have had for him as a victim.
Obsession seemed to be the name of the game as we learn more about the killer as well. He is obsessed with attacking gay men, starting with the homeless and then his neighbors who just happened to be friends with Andy. As the reader of this story it seemed to me his obsession formed out of his own sexuality and denial of it.
I did think the mystery was good, and the relationship between Andy and Blaine was sweet, but Nate’s violence against those who helped him did bother me. I don’t know if the author ever thought of continuing the series, but I would have liked more than just the killer to be caught but the one who taught him to hate, to kill, and mark the bodies in such a horrifying way.