Author Bio: L M 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 not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Being thrown together in extreme circumstances is not the best foundation for a relationship. Alex and Conor must juggle the demands of their jobs as police detectives with their personal lives. With Alex as demanding in the bedroom as he is at work, will Conor be able to accept that submission is not weakness. Finding out will be the most important investigation of their lives.
What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife?
Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost—killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again.
When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger.
Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.
Never underestimate the power of obsession.
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.
Can truth be found in the cards?
DI Alex Courtney and his lover, DC Conor Trethuan are under enormous pressure as their team investigates an arson case and a murder.
It soon becomes apparent that the two cases are linked and the race is on to find a vicious killer. A tarot card is left with the first victim and the detectives are left to interpret the clues it provides. When Conor receives a note from the killer making reference to another card, the whole team is shaken. Their worst fears are realised when a second body is discovered, along with another tarot card.
Conor suspects he has been followed, then a hit and run leaves him injured. Alex wants nothing more than to wrap his lover up in cotton wool and protect him from the world. But is Conor the killer’s target or just a pawn in a much more sinister game? As the clues come together it seems that the motive for murder might be revenge.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, BDSM, Mystery, Crime Drama
Alex didn’t stop to eat. He grabbed a warm scarf and his waxed jacket from the hall closet then headed straight out to the car. He drove with purpose through rain-soaked, deserted streets. Lamplight and the occasional neon sign reflected from shiny tarmac, casting unnatural glimmers of color into dark corners. There was nothing in his head but thoughts of Conor and he wondered, as he did every day, how he had managed to get so lucky. They’d been together for almost a year and their relationship still felt as fresh and exciting as it had in the first few weeks. He had never expected to fall so deeply and completely in love and the knot in his stomach when he pictured his lover always surprised him.
Alex smiled to himself as he thought back to how terrified Conor had been to be near him, how reserved and unsure. He had changed, grown so much in a year. He was much more self-confident in work and at home, though he remained painfully shy around strangers. He was still gratifyingly submissive in the bedroom but could be stubborn and sarcastic when he wanted to be. Alex might be in control on the surface but he knew damn well that Conor didn’t do anything he didn’t want to. It was corny, but Alex felt they were two halves of a better whole. Of course, it was a plus that Conor was the most beautiful man Alex had ever set eyes on. He’d been blessed with a face that could have been on billboards around the world, and a body to match. Alex had learned to control his constant urge to punch anyone that cast lascivious glances at his boyfriend, accepting that knuckles with permanent bruises would not be very comfortable but fuck, it was hard not to get jealous.
Conor did nothing to attract attention to himself but it came anyway. He hated the assumptions that people made about him because of the way he looked. Alex grinned stupidly as he drove—Conor was in his bed and those beautiful lips had been wrapped around his cock not that long ago—no one else’s. Though he occasionally had a pang of doubt that Conor would stay with him, it was always brushed away by soft kisses and annoyed reassurance from the man in question. Alex wished there had been time to express his appreciation for that amazing blow job, either by returning the favor or by fucking Conor’s gorgeous arse. Still, there would be time for thank yous later. Preferably lots of thank yous.
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