Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Dirk Greyson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, mystery/suspense, murderer, cops
Page Count: 199 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Jim Crawford was born wealthy, but he turned his back on it to become a police officer. Add that to his being gay, and he’s definitely the black sheep of the family.
Dr. Barty Halloran grew up with lessons instead of friends and toys and, as a result, became a gifted psychologist… with only an academic understanding of people and emotions.
When Jim’s pursuit of a serial killer goes nowhere, he turns to Dr. Halloran for help, and Barty thinks he can get inside the shooter’s mind. In many ways, they’re two sides of the same coin, which both scares and intrigues him. Together, Jim and Barty make progress on the case—until the stakes shoot higher when the killer turns his attention toward Barty.
To protect Barty, Jim offers to let Barty stay with him, where he discovers the doctor has a heart to go along with his brilliant mind after all. But as they close in on their suspect, the killer becomes desperate, and he’ll do anything to elude capture—even threaten those closest to Jim.
Dang this book was so incredibly amazing. I am not sure that I can even find the right words to express just how good I think it was. I can say that this book was intriguing, mysterious, complicated, and such an amazing transformation for one of the main characters. This is one of those books that grabs your attention and captures your heeet at the same time.
Barty is one of those people that when you first start reading about him you think, is this guy a robot or something. Does he not have any feelings in his body what so ever. But then the more you read the more you come to understand that Barty does have a heart, a huge one, but he does not know how to express himself when it comes to anything other than facts and theories. That was how he was raised by his parents and they treated him differently all because he is super smart. In a way I feel like that was actually more of a curse for Barty because his parents were ignorant and treated him as nothing more then a tool and so he missed several vital parts of growing up. That in turn really and truly hindered Barty.
Being pulled into this murder mystery as a profiler was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to Barty. Because of excepting this job with the police department Barty was finally woken up to emotions he never knew he could possess.
Jim is the complete opposite of Barty. He grew up with lots of emotions to go around. Both good and bad. He had lots of money at his disposal but honestly all he really wanted was to make his own way and so he became a cop. When these murders started happening and then started to escalate Jim took this all as a personal failure for not being able to stop the killer before his next victim. He knew he was in over his head and needed help and that is where Barty came into the picture.
Jim took a liking to him immediately even though Barty was so different from anyone he had ever met. These two men was able to work well together and to bounce ideas off the other. They was slowly getting one step closer to figuring out what was truly going on with each other’s help.
Along the way things started to change between these two men and not just in a sexual way. They each brought out a different side in the other. Because if Jim, Barty got his first taste of what feeling instead of just living life was truly about. This was a turning point for Barty and right before my eyes, Barty became a totally different person. Barty was starved for human touch and love and because of Jim he was able to finally have that. Jim was so strung tight that Barty was able to talk Jim down from the ledge so to speak on several different occasions and helped him to look at things with new eyes.
These two men May have been complete opposites but they complimented the other perfectly. The only thing that stands in their way is the Killers sights are now firmly set on Barty and also Jim’s family. The question is can they figure out what is truly going on and who is behind it. Wrote the Killer is able to accomplish what he is set out to do? And if so, will both Barty and Jim be able to walk away from this mess with the killer without one or both of them ending up at the end of the gun the killer is so firmly holding?
This book was full of so many twist and turns. I was truly not able to figure out who was behind all of the murders until Dirk Greyson was willing to reveal their identity. I sooooooo enjoyed taking this journey with both these men. They both captured my heart and I truly enjoyed reading their story.