Suspense at it’s very best by @RWinterAuthor
Someone is murdering young gay men in Washington, DC.
When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.
Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.
But the dead gay men all have
a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past–or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.
Every Breath You Take is a gay romantic suspense novel with no cliffhanger and a happy ending. Trigger warning for references to child abuse. It is part of the Nights at Mata Hari series but can be read as a standalone.
** Another publisher previously released this novel with a different cover. The current publisher has made only editorial changes to this edition.
And here is suspense so tight that you will need to stop to breathe. After reading one previous work by this author that I absolutely loved I was quite confident that this would be great, and it was. The very first paragraph grabs you by the throat. Is that feeling anticipation or fear because you definitely know that something is going to happen? And it does. Beware, there are some parts a few pages that I just had to skip over because it was too darn horrifying!
The author, tells us the story of a young man, 27, from conservative Ogden, Utah who finally is in a place where he feels safe to be himself. Sure, there are gay people and bars in Ogden but there are also family and friends and Zachary doesn’t want to risk losing them. He now has a great job in Washington, his very own place for the first time and wants very much to experience life. On his very first night out at a piano bar that he chose by looking at online reviews, young Zachary met a man that was smoking hot, a few years older perhaps, and the most handsome man he had ever seen. Only one problem. Thomas Scarborough has a policy of one and done and Zachary is hungry for much more.
These guys have combustible chemistry and mutual attraction but it can’t go any further – yet the tension persists as they ‘try’ to remain friends. Thomas won’t/can’t risk a relationship and initially comes off as somewhat arrogant and selfish. When we learn how well loved he is by his friends, you know that there is more to him than initial impression and Zachary comes to that realization as well.
Secondary characters in this story, including the guys at the Mata Hari, are all likable and interesting, men mostly, who have created a ‘family of friends’. Except for the bad guy. There is always a bad guy in a suspense and this is suspense in the very best and very worst way. Robert Winters dishes out the perfect recipe with just enough hot sauce, some sweet stuff and of course, maybe, a happy ending.
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