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: LenaRibka
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.
If you LOVES Bitter Legacy , the debut novel by Dal Maclean, as much as I do then you can understand what I felt when I started her second book: I was both, excited and VERY nervous. And my expectations were VERY high – I knew what I COULD get, and I WANTED it.
For me EVERYTHING, really EVERYTHING in Bitter Legacy was not simply right but just perfect. Can Dal Maclean do it again?
Yes, no doubts, she can. She knows well how to create an intriguing mystery, how to write an emotional roller coaster thick with sexual tension and complex multilayered captivating characters.
And with her new book she has proved it again.
Mystery vs. Mystery
As in Bitter Legacy the background and the past events of the characters with their dark family secrets play a very important role in the mystery here. Be prepared: you won’t get an easy whodidit-case: the mystery in Object of Desire IMO is even in a way MORE COMPLICATED, with many persons involved and many potential suspects. If you’re looking for thrilling twists and turns and WTF-moments, you won’t fall short of expectations.
Romance vs. Romance
To talk about the differences between the two romance stories in these books, I should start with the differences between the MCs.
Tom vs. Ben
They both are artists. While Ben works as freelance photograph, Tom is a top male model and if they would ever meet at one of the fashion shoots, they would stay on the opposite sides of the camera. Tom IS THE Object of Desire, he is simply and out of the question stunningly beautiful. It looks like many people not simply adore him for his beauty, but have a serious crash on him. That is both for him: a blessing and a curse. Like Ben Tom isn’t a faithful type (or at least he thinks he isn’t), he devotes himself entirely to his career and let people admire him. Like Ben Tom has his personal issues with being in relationship, but after you’ll get to know him better, you’ll understood his reason (of course later in the book).
Detective Sergeant James Henderson vs. PI and an ex-cop Will Foster
Will Forster is Tom’s ex and the best male character for me here, but he is not a main protagonist, the story is told from Tom’s point of view. The title Object of Desire is reserved for Tom, but could be equally meant for Will – he is an eye catcher himself, big, muscular and EXTREMELY attractive, but if he knows it, he doesn’t pay much attention to this fact, he is a reasonable type, sensible but right-minded, loyal and fair, he knows what he wants and WHOM he wants. Comparing to James (I just HAVE to, sorry!) Will is older and more experienced in many ways, among others also sexually.
Let us return to ROMANCE:
As Tom gave Will cowardly the brush off 2 years ago, he hoped their paths would never cross again. He still has a pangs of conscience after breaking up his longest relationship in such a wimp manner, but when suddenly he becomes a main suspect in a murder case, he is compelled to use the professional services of the best PI, and it means of an ex-cop Will Foster. When they meet because if the case, Tom realizes that his feeling for Will hasn’t grow weaker, just the opposite.
What these two books have in common: a good and COMPLICATED mystery, in both novels the past and the background of the characters play a key role. Fears, hate, love, thrilling twists- you won’t complain. However the romance part – that was no doubt intense – didn’t affect me as deeply as the one in Object of Desire.
It took me several weeks to think about my rating, and I must tell you, I’m still undecided. But I think that Tom was a main factor for my long considerations. I didn’t get really warm with him. And the fact that the story is told from his view, didn’t help to connect better to him either.
I like how this book ended, and I really enjoyed it, but bring a lot of patience with you – Tom will drive you mad.