Confessions (Reno PD Case Files #1)

ConfessionsTitle: Confessions (Reno PD Case Files #1)
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: August 9th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery & Suspense
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.2 stars out of 5

A serial killer known as the Confessor is kidnapping and torturing gay men, and Reno Police Department Evidence Technician Leif Carson is determined to catch him.

His personal life isn’t any less stressful. Despite being a virgin and having zero experience with men, he can’t stop thinking about his best friend’s ex, Rafe Castillo. Rafe is suffering from PTSD, but that doesn’t stop Leif from wanting to be with him.

Complete opposites, they’re an amazing fit once they do get together—until Rafe’s PTSD gets in the way and he walks away from the relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Even though he has intense feelings for the man, Leif has no choice but to let him go.

When the Confessor kidnaps Rafe, Leif does everything possible to locate him before he’s murdered. Rafe’s near-death experience changes him profoundly, but the danger isn’t over yet. Leif and Rafe will have to face pure evil together if they’re going to last.

When Reno PD Evidence Technician Leif Carson is asked to help the M.E. with a mutilated body neither realize it’s the first in what will turn out to be a very sick serial killer’s game of luring gay men, torturing, killing and taunting the police with the murders.

“It appears this man is targeting gay men of various ages in an effort to get them to admit being homosexual and that it is a sin. This man, who I have dubbed the Confessor, is dangerous. I urge everyone, especially gay men, to be careful about who you’re alone with in private places.”
“Oh, fuck me,” Cristian moaned. “Roach just gave this guy even more power. I’m telling you, he’s going to be even more emboldened than ever. Believe it or not, this is going to get worse.”
I hadn’t imagined that was possible.

Police detective Cristian Flesh is determined to find the killer, and so is Leif, but no more so than when the man he can’t stop thinking about and wants to make a life with, Rafe Castillo, is taken by the Confessor.

This is actually two stories in one – you have the mystery/suspense story featuring the Confessor serial killer and you have the relationship story between Lief and Rafe with Rafe pushing Leif away because of his PTSD and a small misunderstanding. No worries, though – there’s a very sweet HFN.

Filled with mystery, suspense, some humor, romance, action, and sex I can guarantee anyone who is a fan of Ethan Stone, and all of his other series, will probably go nuts for this story.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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