I do like writing twisty, psychologically dark, stories.
And this one was just as interesting to write as the Handled series.
Leo is a forensic psychologist charged with determining if the perpetrator of a dreadful crime is fit to stand trial or not. Was the man who carried out a horrific ritual murder, and who appears profoundly delusional, responsible for his actions, or is he not guilty by reason of insanity?
That is just the first question this story raises.
Having made his judgment on the case Leo is kidnapped by Gil, the killer’s son, and spirited away to the Cascade mountains.
Leo thinks he is about to die, that this is about revenge.
Gil swears it isn’t, he’s actually trying to keep Leo safe - because Gil has the same delusions his father does, and he believes keeping Leo alive will finally get his father out of his life forever.
A folie a deux - probably?
Stockholm syndrome - maybe?
A world that may or may not contain magic - who do you believe?
Who do you want to believe? One, both, neither?
This is not revenge is the first in a new dark trilogy that features damaged characters, opposing perspectives, themes of twisted love, and takes you on a journey through the darker parts of the human psyche.
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The Outreach is Live - Book One is out now, Book Two is on Pre-order
It's great to be back writing in the Delphic Agency Universe. Can you see me? Book One of the Outreach is out now on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited and I couldn't be happier with my new heroes. Although some of my old heroes are making a comeback - look out for a particularly hot scene with Cash and Tay in Book One!
You can find The Outreach books by following the links below
Missing your fix of dark romance? Me too!
It seems I have got rather addicted to dwelling in dark minds, and the plot for this trilogy arrived in my head in one fell swoop. If anything it is every more morally ambiguous than Handled and just as intense.
Check out the blurb and book yourself a pre-order, it's coming next month, from an unreliable narrator near you.
Handled has been the most interesting series to write, not least because it involved being inside Gray’s head for a large part of the last few months. It’s interesting in there, kinda shadowy and bleak, like a cathedral at night.
This was my first foray into writing dark romance. It won't be my last - I have a book coming out next summer that is so dark even I am horrified, and fair warning, no happy ever after in that one!
This is the end of Nathan and Gray’s road. It took them a long way, from Washington to Utah to Crete and Turkey and then back the States. I hope you enjoyed the journey. I’m incredibly grateful to all my ARC readers and the wonderful reviewers and bloggers that keep being enthusiastic for new books and new stories even in the midst of a pandemic and the world crashing around us.
Meeting all the readers and reviewers this year has been amazing. Highlight of my decade.
Here's a little peek at the start of the Polished, where Gray is making the most of getting his hands on Nathan again.
Nathan is fitter than he was. He still has the long muscles of a swimmer but I can see he works out more now. I guess he has the time, and he needs to get rid of the energy.
As a result he is more ripped, more defined, more delicious to play with. As he walks naked towards the bed I note his ass is fuller, rounder, the muscles smooth, and his body is pale from a Washington winter. That will change soon, now I have him in the sunshine.
He turns and looks questioningly at me.
“Up against the headboard,” I say.
He climbs onto the dark blue coverlet and his paleness glows against the night sky colour. The window above the bed is covered with a thin curtain, dimming the striking afternoon sunlight, and the room is hot with the scent of warm flesh. Already Nathan’s body has a thin sheen of sweat.
That’s going to taste delicious.
He arranges himself in the centre of the bed, his back against the antique wooden headboard. “Is this okay?”
“No talking, please.”
His breath hitches and his eyes never leave mine. I see the uncertainty in them and it’s so pretty.
Gonna push you sweetheart, gonna help you find your headspace.
Cleansed - Handled Book 2 - Now available
Sometimes you have to go back in order to go forward – Gray is going back to handle the man who saw him as an angel, and unleashed the demon in him.
I am a Handler; I deal with serial killers, legally, ruthlessly, and in the presence of my Witness, because justice must be seen to be done.
Handling is an intimate procedure. I only perform for an audience of one; for my Witness, with his hot eyes and his innocent heart, and the pure white soul that I dirtied up so beautifully.
Now someone else is watching, the man who refined the monster in me. I can’t allow that to continue, particularly as he threatens the Witness who has caused the frozen lump in my chest that I laughingly refer to as a heart, to sporadically beat.
This isn’t about retribution; this is cleaning up the past so I have a chance at a future.
Cleansed is the second book in the Handled trilogy, it is a dark gay romance dealing with adult themes and contains graphic scenes that may upset some readers. Please heed the trigger warnings inside.
Polished - Handled Book 3 - Pre-order available now
How deadly do you have to be to kill a killer?
Handlers are hard to kill, and to be fair most of us like the challenge when people try, but now someone is killing off handlers in bloody and complex ways.
Not my problem.
I got out, I got free, and I don’t want to go back.
But someone is offering a favour if I handle this, a valuable one, and it could make all the difference to how this story ends.
Handlers don’t expect a happy ever after; most of us don’t even know what one looks like. I do, my happy ever after is blue eyed and frequently filthy and deliciously mouthy and he bends the way I want him to bend. And I could have that. All I have to do is take on one more handling, and ensure we both survive it.
The odds are not with me this time though.
I really should have kept on killing, I'm out of practice.
Polished is the third book in the Handled trilogy, it is a dark gay romance dealing with adult themes and contains graphic scenes that may upset some readers. Please heed the trigger warnings inside.