Object of Desire by Dal Maclean #LGBT #Review

Dana reviews Object of Desire by Dal Maclean (Published by Blind Eye Books on May 22, 2018, 310 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Why I read this book – I really liked the author’s previous book Bitter Legacy and was excited to read and review this newest book.

Blurb: 

Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire. Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms. But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.

Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him. And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.

Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price. If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world.

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When the author offered me a copy of this book she mentioned that Object of Desire was more of a psychological thriller than the first book I read by her. That book had been told from the point of view of a detective trying to solve a crime. In Object of Desire we follow the story from the viewpoint of a male model who finds himself with two problems – he has a stalker and he has become the suspect in the murder of his boss. As the story goes along, the evidence against him piles up and so do the bodies. This book was a real edge of the seat read at times and there is plenty of psychological intrigue. For me, the suspense and mystery in this book did make me like this book more and I definitely want to read more from this author.

Just to make sure there is no confusion Object of Desire is unconnected to Bitter Legacy. But there is a cameo in this book from the main characters from that book, and that was really enjoyable to me. The characters in this book were really well written and besides the mystery there is a second chance romance running through the background of this book. Before Tom took off in the modeling world he was a forensic science student and he dated a police detective named Will. For many reasons Tom decided to break things off and they meet again when Will, now a private investigator, is hired to look into other possible suspects for the murder of Tom’s boss. There is a definite lack of closure between the two characters which makes things supremely awkward at first.

I really like how Tom is the type to take matters into his own hands when it comes to his own life. I wouldn’t call him a control freak, but he wants to make sure he isn’t blindsided by events by being there for each step of the investigation. Even though we come into the story after he has broken up with Will and is just meeting him again, we did learn enough about them to see that Will has gone through a lot of changes. He used to be deeply closeted but he is now open about who he is. He is angry at Tom and doesn’t trust him but believes in his innocence anyway. There is something about them together. It isn’t a simple forgive and forget matter and neither is interested in getting together at all at first but the dangers they face are a slap in the face to stop being stubborn.

The romance is a good part of the story but I’d say it is secondary to the mystery aspect of the book. I mentioned the mysteries before and there isn’t too much I want to add because the book needs to be experienced without spoilers. There are several suspects introduced and I was left guessing the whole time. There were characters I liked who shocked me completely. When the mystery comes to light, there is a shout out to an older, famous mystery. I spent most of my time on the edge of my seat reading this book and hated every time I had to put it down for real life activities. I liked the second chance romance because it is one of my favorite tropes. I would absolutely recommend this book.

9/10 pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

Dal Maclean comes from Scotland. Her background is in journalism, and she has an undying passion for history, the more gossipy and scandalous the better. Dal has lived in Asia and worked all over the world, but home is now the UK. She dislikes the Tragic Gay trope, but loves imperfect characters and genuine emotional conflict in romantic fiction. As an author, and a reader, she believes it’s worth a bit of work to reach a happy ending. Agatha Christie, English gardens and ill-advised cocktails are three fatal weaknesses, though not usually at the same time.

Her first book, “Bitter Legacy”, was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for best Gay Mystery and was chosen by the American Libraries Association for their 2018 Over The Rainbow Recommended Books List.

Author: Dal Maclean www.dalmaclean.com

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15408926.Dal_Maclean

Author Twitter: @MacleanDal – Dal Maclean

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Dal-Maclean/100010371585020

Author Insta: dalmaclean

*****

Publisher One Block Empire (an imprint of Blind Eye Books) www.blindeyebooks.com

Publisher Twitter: @blindeyebooks

Publisher Insta: @blindeyebooks

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