Sadistic Sherlock (Belen’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 28th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

Dominic Walsh is thirty-two years old and can’t get forty-nine year old Abe out of his head. Abe tries to deny his feelings for Dom citing their age difference, but really he’s just scared of getting his heart broken. But Dom isn’t interested in just a hookup – he wants all in with Abe.

“This matters, Abe. Really matters. You like the way it feels to kiss me? Touch me?”
“I like it a lot more than I expected, and I expected to love it.”
Dom’s chuckle was so low and throaty, Abe’s dick jerked in his jeans and he winced and glanced down at it.
“Well, I’ve been with a lot of men. Enough to know the kind of excitement I’m feeling right here with you is more important than a hookup.”

Unfortunately, just as they begin to get over both their hangups and start their relationship, Dom’s past catches up with him and suddenly it’s not just Dom’s life on the line, but Abe’s in danger as well.

I loved the dual POV, and the humor, and the suspense is finely drawn – I was on the edge of my seat a couple of times only breathing easier once the guys were safe again. I could have done without Dom’s regrettable lapses in judgement, but I loved getting to see some character favorites from past installments as a direct result – so I can’t be too mad. Most of all I loved the happy ending…and, well, it has to be said: They’re a silver fox and a ginger. Hell yeah!

With Dom, he felt connected on a deeper level. There was something in his stare, in the way he let go, the way he trusted Abe so completely, that made it so much more.

Dom and Abe did not disappoint. Sadistic Sherlock is a really strong addition to the Ward Security series and I can hardly wait to see where Drake and Elliot take it next.

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Galley copy of Sadistic Sherlock provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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