Title: Collateral Damage
Author: J.T. Cheyanne
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Page Count: 269
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.9 stars out of 5
Fleeing the questions and horrific memories in Miami-Dade, Trevor Garrett accepts a deputy position in the small town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Plagued by anxiety attacks and an abhorrence to being touched, Trevor rebuffs his best friend’s attempts to set him up. He has no desire for any type of relationship; until the local golden boy strolls into his line of sight at the neighborhood dive…
Logan Andrews just wants to take care of his mama. After years of serving his country in the Army Special Forces, Logan resigns when he learns his mother is suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. A night out with old friends turns heated when the newest deputy in town catches his attention…
When a sexually deviant killer sets his sights on the gay men in the area, Trevor is assigned the case. In a wicked twist, all evidence points to Logan. Can Trevor’s past be repeating itself? In a race against a killer, Trevor struggles to overcome his own insecurities and clear the man whose touch sets him on fire. Will he succeed or will their budding relationship become Collateral Damage?
There is really only one way to describe the twists and turns that happen in Collateral Damage: Soap Opera.
While that style of storytelling can be a huge amount of fun, it just wasn’t here.
TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE
- The first chapter of the book consists of a gay man being murdered while giving another man a blow job.
OK, it’s gonna be a gory one. Got it. I can handle gore, in smallish doses and to further the story line. I wasn’t offended by the violence here. It’s a book about a cop trying to find a murderer. The blurb states that quite clearly. So, it’s all good.
What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that when Logan and Trevor (totally Soap Opera names, right?) meet, we get a sudden case of insta-love. Both men are deliciously broken (I love that!) and find solace in each others touch. In Trevor’s case, literally. He can’t stand to be touched, but for some reason, Logan’s touch centers and relaxes him. Good for us because then the hot sex starts.
Right when we’re getting to the good parts, the murder “mystery” starts. (Not so much of a mystery because I guessed it at about 35%.) But that’s where the twists began. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have been prepared for the surprises that Ms. Cheyanne’s threw at me.
It was hard to keep everything straight! Who was who? Who was dead? When did that happen? Why did he do that?
Frankly? It got a little ridiculous. OK, a lot ridiculous.
But I’m not going to tell you not to read this book. I think you should read this book! It has hot sex, hurt/healing/comfort, serious drama and a huge helping of angst. Just be prepared for insta-love, triggers for violence, stuff that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but a fun ride regardless.
Oh, and I honestly am not one to nit-pick about editing mistakes, but this book has got a LOT of them. Enough for me to mention, because I normally wouldn’t. The most frustrating was when the author confused the character’s names. It threw me right out of the story and I had to go back and re-read to see what I missed. That happened more than once. A beta reader/editor was sorely missed here.
If you decide to read this one, make sure you buckle your seat belt. You’re gonna get thrown around quite a bit.