Words (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Words
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.

But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.

What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.

Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?

Wow talk about a book with twist after twist. John Inman wrote a book that left me questioning just who is the killer. I know I found myself several times saying please don’t let it be this person or there is no way it can be that person. In the end when the killer was revealed, let’s just say I was truly shocked. And I will say this as well, the killer is not revealed till the very end.

Milo is an author. He loves writing and when he is writing he can definitely lose himself in it. At a book signing that by all standards is not going well at all, in walks a man that truly blows Milo away. This man is beautiful beyond words in Milo’s eyes and when he finds out who the man is, he is even more in awe of him.

Logan is a reviewer. He has made it a profession for himself and prides himself on his honest and caring reviews. If he does not like an author he finds that he does not even want to post anything about it because he does not want his negative impression to impact others on whether they will read the book or not. He is one of those reviewers that knows not everyone’s opinion is the same on a book so if he has nothing nice to say, he just does not say anything at all.

When Logan finds out that one of his favorite authors is doing a book signing nearby, he decides to go and have his latest book signed and meet Milo in person. Little does he know at the time, this will be the person that helps him to learn to live again after losing his husband a little over a year ago.

As Logan and Milo get closer to one another, there is something sinister happening in the reviewer/author world. There is a psychopathic killer on the loose targeting reviewers that have less than nice things to say about books people are publishing. After the first murder, no one really questions the motive behind it. But as more and more reviewers turn up murdered, fear starts to radiate through the writing world. And worse yet, no one knows who the next victim will be nor do they have a clue who the murderer might be.

Can Milo and Logan find a way to stay out of the spotlight enough to keep themselves safe as they build a life together? Is there a chance that the murderer has another target in mind already and the target is closer to home than anyone expects? Who is the killer and how is the killer linked to Milo and Logan? Could the killer be one of them?

This was such an incredible read. I sat down and read this book in less than two hours because once I started it I could not put it down. John Inman did a truly incredible job on this book. This is definitely on my highly recommended read list.

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Galley copy of Words provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.