Title: Object of Desire
Author: Dal Maclean
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 396 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire. Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms. But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.
Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him. And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.
Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price. If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world.
I love a good story. And as the second book from this author, her storytelling ability is proven once again. I couldn’t put this book down. The tale that she weaves, with all of its twists and turns, was so compelling.
Those who read Bitter Legacy will know exactly what I mean.
He felt as if he’d been doing that since he became a model, more or less. Standing by. Letting events and other people carry him along. Not paying attention. Self-absorption had got him here.
Tom Gray is a supermodel. And most relationships with the people in his life are unhealthy. We are in his head exclusively, and I can say that he was……interesting.
He always winds up hurting the people in his life. Because if he hurts first, he can avoid the hurt?
But the one he hurt most is back in the picture. Tom is being framed for murder. And that’s the thing with Tom. The list of people who could be bitter and “gunning for” Tom is extensive.
The mystery in this book is excellent. Everyone has a creep factor. Everyone could be the bad guy. I couldn’t put the book down for this exact point. 5++++ stars for that.
The romance though…
Will and Tom have a dysfunctional relationship. All because of Tom. Daddy issues.
And while I am happy to report a HFN with an epilogue a few months down the line showing more of an HEA, I’m not sure I bought it.
Groveling aside, I didn’t really believe Tom’s change of heart about relationships.
Will was all the things. Love him and, frankly, thought he could do a lot better than Tom.
Overall, this was a win. And bonus – we got cameos of Jamie and Ben from Bitter Legacy!
Dal is now an autobuy for me. I get completely engrossed in her stories. Recommended!