Six Degrees of Lust (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Six Degrees of Lust (By Degrees #1)
Author: Taylor V. Donovan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 2, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Romance
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

By Degrees is an ensemble character series with multiple points of view.

2nd Edition

New York City FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy lives for his immediate family and his job. After a marriage gone wrong, he has stuck to a firm rule when it comes to relationships: he doesn’t have them. Sexually active and emotionally unavailable keeps him satisfied, especially now that he is in hot pursuit of a serial killer targeting gay men.

Former firefighter Machlan O’Bannon now manages a successful sports bar in Houston, and after years of waiting, he’s ready to stand up and be the man he always wanted to be: out, proud and drama-free. His politically-aligned family wants to keep him locked in the closet, but Mac just wants to meet the man of his dreams.

One man is as high strung as the other is laid back. A chance meeting brings them together, and one night of passion ignites a fire neither can fight. Their lives are not only miles apart, but as different as day and night. They don’t want to get involved, but they might not be able to keep apart.

First Edition published by MLR Press, December 2011.

Wow! Seriously mind blown.

I can say absolutely without any hesitation I seriously recommend this book. So go now and download this book.

As I read this book it was like watching a way better version of Criminal Minds. I really enjoyed her style of writing in how it switched POV and scenes; IMO making it more realistic and giving it an edge. Most of the characters in the book are very well-developed, and I believe as the series progresses some of the other characters will be built upon.

Oh, and not to mention how each of the characters somehow interconnect. It is just amazing and I can’t wait to see how the story develops and where the author takes us. I keep going back-and-forth on who I think is most likely the serial killer Lev, since the author does a good enough job not making it obvious. There was only a couple of times where I was like ‘what’s going on with the serial killer storyline’ or ‘what is going on with Sam and Mac’. However, right when that seed of thought was planted in my head it soon left because just then the story happen to switch over. Other than that, I feel the author did a good keeping the balance in the story.

This story has made me both laugh and cry. You cannot help but feel for these characters. I for one love Mac, but have a love/dislike relationship with Sam. Both of these men have some serious baggage that needs to be dealt with. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, because I need some answers! In fact here are a few:

  • What is really up with Mac’s family?
  • Will Gabby ever get her head out of her ass?
  • Will Sam ever forgive himself?
  • What is going on with Sasha and his home life?
  • I want to know more about Sam’s nephew; I feel there is more story there.
  • Will Remy ever come to terms and end up with Christian?

As you can tell, this book leaves you with a cliffhanger, and thank goodness it does! I wouldn’t expect it not to. Seriously, if you think about it there is so such going on besides the serial killer aspect, and honestly I would be a bit disappointed if the SK was found out and brought to justice so fast.

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Galley copy of Six Degrees of Lust (By Degrees #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.