Love Kills by Michael Mandrake #Audio #Review #MM #Thriller #Contemporary #LGBT #Violence

Erryn reviews ‘Love Kills (Deadly Sin Book 2)’ by Michael Mandrake. The ebook was published May 28, 2019 and is 244 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by John Solo, released on September 25, 2020 and is 6 hrs and 40 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I love books where the line between the good guys and the bad guys is blurred.

Archer’s paintings reveal his love for blood. Will his boyfriend, Clint leave and make the artist a target for a murderer?

Archer is inspired and aroused by his detective boyfriend’s tales, but he longs for something that pushes him to the brink. Despite knowing his fetish would create a rift between him and his partner, the artist will get his way – even at someone else’s expense.

Clint’s job no longer holds his interest. These days, his man’s pleasure reigns supreme over solving homicide cases. But he still has bills to pay, so he sticks with the force, hoping his attitude will improve. Besides, his man hungers for the grisly murder scenes Clint works, and he can’t risk Archer’s rejection. Why would the sexy young man want him if Clint didn’t provide him with his bloody drug of choice?

Holland isn’t significant-other material. When potential mates discover the devil inside, it’s too late for them to flee. Determined, he seeks someone to fulfill his darkest needs. Although the threat of being found out looms, he’ll literally kill to get what he wants. 

When Archer meets Holland, sparks fly. Yet, this man has dark secrets that terrify Archer, even as they lure him in. Perhaps he’s about to take one too many chances. 

In the heat of passion, even death won’t deter these men from getting what they desire most. 

Love Kills is book two in the Deadly Sin series. If you like ménage romance with morally ambiguous characters, pick up this sexy age gap threesome story today. 

This book is part of the Deadly Sin series. Books must be listened to in order for full enjoyment. 

Warning: These books are for adult listeners who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted, and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

Listening Order:

  1. Portrait of a Black Heart
  2. Love Kills
  3. Bound by Blood

Book Links: Audible | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

My Review: 

I’m always game to try something new, so when the opportunity to read this book came up, I leapt on it.  I wasn’t disappointed, but I was certainly disturbed.

This is book 2 in the series and although I didn’t read book 1, I was fine.  Book 1 establishes the relationship between Archer and Clint.  This book takes up where that one leaves off.  Archer and Clint are in a relationship, but Clint wants more from his younger lover.  He wants commitment that Archer isn’t ready to provide.  Archer loves playing the field.  He cares deeply for Clint, but doesn’t want to tie himself down.

This is an odd relationship.  I wasn’t always sure there was love there.  Archer’s constant demands for the gory details of Clint’s work (homicide cop) were unceasing.  Archer’s lust for blood was dominant.  Oh, he’s into cutting, but that’s as far as it goes.  A little blood play?  Sure.  Murder?  No, thanks.

Enter Holland.  Holland is…well…  I don’t want to spoil the book, but let’s just say Holland is into violence and there is plenty on the page.  Those blurry lines and pesky morally ambiguous characters and all that.  He was compelling to be sure, but also very disturbing.  He and Archer hook up and it feels like a match made in heaven (or hell, depending on your perspective).  But Clint isn’t finished with Archer and Archer isn’t finished with Clint, so their relationship now includes Holland and they become a ménage.

Life is never boring.

The ending leaves room for more, to be sure, and I’m interested to see where the story goes.  To see where the lines are drawn.  To see how things work out.  I’m intrigued.

On to narration – John Solo did a great job, as he always does.  I certainly hope more books from this series come to audio, and hopefully John will be performing them.

My Rating:  

8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars

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Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Through these, he builds worlds not centered on romance but rather the mainstream and/or obscure plots we might encounter in everyday life and beyond.

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