Sadistic Sherlock (Jia’s review)

Title: Sadistic Sherlock (Ward Security #4)
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Release Date: September 28th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3.4 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.

If you have read the previous books in this series then you’ll know what you get. It follows in the same spirit with solid characters and strong brotherhood.

This book created a sense of visiting dear friends after being away for awhile type of atmosphere and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I love these books and the way they are written, how we get to see them work and how their work actually feels realistic in the sense that they take their work seriously, they act professional and are competent at what they do. This is a security company I could see myself hiring, although I don’t need a bodyguard.

I liked the characters and I especially liked the bad guy’s connection with Dom. Their twin brother bond got to me. They used to be good together before certain things happened and I would have liked to see more conflicting feelings there, for me it was a little too clear cut how Dom seemed to feel and behave towards the end. But also I would have liked to have gotten more of Dom’s brother’s character. The name of the book, Sadistic Sherlock, made me expect a little more than I got from the evil character. I think the authors could have taken this part and worked it through more to heighten the thrills, the tension and the emotional impact, giving the book a stronger edge.

I liked the age gap and the way Dom and Abe interacted. They met before the start of this book and I love how Dom’s friends were talking about Dom pining after some guy for quite some time.

This author combination truly is a favorite of mine. And I really love the cover!

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