Sadistic Sherlock (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Sadistic Sherlock (Ward Security #4)
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Ten years ago, Dominic Walsh faked his own death. With no true identity, it wasn’t hard. But if he’d stayed, he would have been drawn further into a life he’d never chosen. He has friends and family at Ward Security now and has managed to escape his dark past. There is only one thing he truly wants.

Abraham Stephens.

When Dom was first tasked with watching over his friend’s father, he didn’t expect to fall so hard for the gorgeous silver fox. But Abe is interested in friendship only. He’s at a point in his life where he wants something permanent, not a romp with the sexy redhead who happens to be the same age as his son.

But Abe finds himself drawn deeper into Dom’s life when cryptic messages start appearing—ones that frighten the skilled security specialist. The more Dom tries to hide what’s happening, the more Abe wants to help him.

And maybe, just maybe, he’ll find a way to trust the strength of the bond Dom understood from the start.


After absolutely loving the first book, but being disappointed by the rest of the books in this spin-off, I started this with some apprehension. And for the first 30% I was sure it was going to be a total bust. I wasn’t feeling the romance, I wasn’t feeling the story. But…. then all of a sudden, I did get into it. More and more even. I was feeling the characters, I was feeling the story, and I was even feeling the romance! I ended up really liking it. So hallelujah, there’s still hope for this spin-off!

Dom is a 32 year old employee of Ward Security, and has been pining for Shane’s father, Abe, for some months now. Dom is not sure why Abe doesn’t want to be more than friends, especially since Abe does seem to notice Dom that way.

49 year old Abe is sure Dom is too young for him. And if not too young, than at least not looking for something serious. Abe does want something serious with the gorgeous man, but he’s afraid to get hurt if he gives in to his desires.

When Dom assures Abe it is not just sex he’s looking for with him, they tentatively take the first step and kiss. They decide to take it slow after that.

But when Dom finds out his evil twin brother found him after all these years, he is distressed. Dom faked his own death 10 years ago so that James couldn’t find him anymore. But it looks like he did now…

As I said, I wasn’t feeling it at first, and that was mainly because I wasn’t feeling Dom’s player ways. He said he was serious about Abe, but the flirting felt so fake and more how you would treat a hook-up that I had a hard time believing in their chemistry.

I think the main turning point for me was when Dom and Abe were kissing and then Dom said they shouldn’t have sex, but take it slower so that they both could get used to the idea of them being serious about each other. And when that coincided with us finding out more about Dom’s past, it made me care for him a great deal more.

After that crucial point I had that same rush I always felt with the UB series. I really wanted to find out what would happen and I couldn’t read fast enough.

There was of course a point in the story where Dom was being TSTL, but I guess that’s a popular plot in lots of books. Of course I wasn’t too upset since it resulted in an awesome rescue scene.

And there was one scene near the end that was just so awesome. I won’t get into it because I don’t want to say too much, but it was just too funny. I could totally picture the whole thing and everyone who played a part in it. And can I just say that I love Trent. I want his book.

Now this was just like I wanted this series to be. Well, except for the slow start that is. But after that, we had action, romance, sexy times, and funny moments. Now let’s hope the rest of the books will be like this one!

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