Title: Drawn In
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Release Date: 17th oct, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Undercover, Investigation, Dark, Gritty
Page Count: 262
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.
Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.
A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.
Barbara Elsborg never fails to deliver gritty and angsty stories and “Drawn In” was no different. It was dark and violent and the MCs really have to go through a lot (emotionally and physically) to get their HEA. It’s definitely not for the weak hearted. It’s a perfect cop drama with loads of action and good old detective work. The plot was fast paced and engaging with complicated characters you can’t help but sympathize and love.
Kell DeMornay is an undercover cop who is currently investigating a seedy nightclub owner who is not as clean as he appears on paper. Kell ends up in an abusive relationship with Marek, a low-life who is second in command of the big fish, Kell is trying to fry. He needs to keep quiet and endure if he does not want to blow the operation. In a party, Kell meets the handsome, raven haired waiter, Gethin. There is instant attraction between the two and after some scintillating encounters, they decide to make an arrangement for stringless casual hook-ups. Kell is not in a place to have a lover and not endanger his life whereas Gethin is not ready for chancing his heart again so this arrangement is perfect for both. Circumstances brings Kell and Gethin colliding together in their professional lives and they have to rely on one other to get their job done and come out of it alive.
The plot is very fast paced with a lot of twists and turns and adrenaline fueled moments. There is nothing like a sadistic criminal, bent on possessing Kell and killing Gethin to get your blood pumping. The situations in which Kell and Gethin find themselves were very hairy and dangerous. The plot flow will keep you on your toes. It is like watching those horror movies where you are scared to watch but still can’t help but peek through your pillows. There was no knowing what was going to happen next and the constant danger which the MCs found themselves in were thrilling and terrifying at the same time.
Kell and Gethin’s “no-strings sex” arrangement falls apart after they get to know each other for real. Their lives get entwined pretty badly and both needed each other for comfort and love in midst of a fucked-up/messy situation as theirs.
“I’m not going to back off and wait,” Kell said. “I know what we agreed, our own private version of Grindr but we’ve already gone beyond that. You mean more to me than a casual fuck.”I love you, you fucking idiot.“I want a relationship with you. I want us to go out together and see where this leads.”I want a happily ever after
The emotional quotient is this book is quite high. Gethin’s situation with his ex and his selfless behavior towards him was sad and complicated. The entire way that part was handled was emotionally draining and beautiful as well. You can’t help but deeply feel his conflicted emotions about his ex and sympathize with him for trying to do his best. Kell, on the other hand had a cunt of a brother who made his entire life a living hell. I wanted to kill that bastard. Apart from that he goes through a lot of abuse in the line of duty and ultimately gets his man. As I said earlier this book is gritty and dark and violent and has a lot of triggers like
- rape, assisted-suicide, human-trafficking, prostitution, rape of teenagers
The plot is very realistic with no stones left unturned at the end. The conclusion was perfect with a very hard earned HEA for our brave MCs. I would definitely recommend this book. I loved the characterization and the plot development very much. There are very little sweet moments in this story so if you are looking only for an angsty romance then this is not it. If you don’t mind reading gritty and dark romances, then “Drawn In” is the book for you!!!