Title: Birthday Presents
Author: Dianne Hartsock
Genre: m/m erotic romance, crime drama
Blurb: For Tracey, life has become a nightmare. Kidnapped from a nightclub in Boulder, Colorado, brutalized and raped by the killer known as Crimson, he’s held captive alongside Kyle, a young man Crimson keeps chained to his bed and is slowly torturing to death. Though Tracey manages to escape with Kyle’s help, he is forced to leave Kyle behind.
Gene has never stopped looking for his brother Kyle, abducted from a nightclub seven months previously. The case breaks open when Tracey comes forward, claiming to have knowledge of the whereabouts of Crimson’s hideout.
A manhunt begins, but Crimson’s birthday has come and gone, and he will kill again.
Review by Emily:
I am giving this book 4.5 stars. It’s an amazing tale even though I consider it to be mislabeled as erotic romance because there is very little erotica that isn’t directly connected to the bad guy’s actions, and torture sex doesn’t count as romance.
That being said, the story was thrilling, nail-biting, and intense. The bad guy, Crimson, has a great backstory that makes him more well-developed than his victims. I didn’t find it hard to sympathize with the main good guys while they were in danger, but they were harder to empathize with them outside of the torture because they weren’t as fully rounded as Crimson.
I loved that this book has more than two points of view. I was excited to find out who, among the good guys, was going to end up with whom. I also wanted to find out how Crimson was going to get stopped. It was a great, dark ride, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a fast, driven tale.
“I know.” Paige gave him an intense look. “I will find them, Gene.”
Gene sighed, scrubbing at his face with his hands. “How many men do we have out here?” he asked, staring into the darkness below them.
“There’s a team two ridges over, working their way toward us, and another sweeping from the west. We have Crimson boxed in, as long as no one gets careless. Another reason I wanted to stop. Can’t risk him doubling back and getting behind us.”
Gene nodded, though his skin crawled with nerves. He let out a long breath and shifted, stretching out on the hard ground.
Paige leaned back on his elbows, his gaze on the dark trees in front of them. He flicked Gene a glance. “You should get some sleep.”
“Fuck that.” Gene saw him flinch. “Can you find Crimson in this?”
“Yes. He’s very good, though. The signs I’ve been finding have been left by Tracey. A footprint here, bent twigs, a button. ”
Gene pictured Tracey as he’d last seen him: beautiful, strong, despite the shadows lurking darkly in his eyes.
“Okay,” Genes said, nerves on edge. “We’ve had Crimson cornered several times and he’s managed to get away every time. And now he has Tracey again.” He rubbed his aching forehead. “How did that happen, exactly? How’d Crimson find us?”
“I have no idea. You, Craig, Klinton, and me were the only ones who knew the location. My money’s on Craig.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, the occasional thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.
Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:
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