Genres: BDSM Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Red Deer
Released on June 22, 2017
I first encountered this series with the hot and intense yet thought provoking prequel, On His Knees. Hunter and Cam were introduced and I couldn’t wait to dive right back in and see them together in a full length story that included a murder investigation for Hunter involving their BDSM club.
Matchstick Men can be the start of the series, but I’m going to strongly recommend not skipping the prequel novella. For one, this book references back to it, but for two, get it viscerally instead of in a summation style in this one so much in Matchstick Men grabs you better.
So, yes, Hunter just wants to kick back and enjoy Munch night at the club, but then a member who has an ax to grind ends up murder shortly after leaving. Hunter shocked himself and had gone home with Cam to complete his promise from the week before, but now must switch gears and walk a tight rope between investigating a crime and protecting the innocent members of the club that would not fair well in the public eye.
He claims to be stone cold, but now his focus is all off because of the tantalizing Cam who assists him and, also, knows just what to do to center Hunter. Meanwhile, a killer is watching Hunter’s every move.
I get somewhat wary when BDSM elements are mixed with other genre elements like a murder mystery in this case. There is the chance that both will suffer as a result. Not to worry. The same careful attention to D/s romance development and to the plotting of the murder were not neglected. Hunter and Cam as individuals and a hint of a relationship beginning was handled so well.
The BDSM was milder than what was introduced in On His Knees, but it was still a tension-wrought and thoughtfully written element, but not the only element of the romance. Cam is all in and honest. Hunter is honest that he is not all in, but there are hints that he might not know himself as well as he thinks. He thinks that connecting with other people and particularly a relationship partner is beyond him.
The mystery wasn’t that hard for me, but it was still interesting and had some good complexity to it.
All in all, I was well pleased with a longer story in the series and definitely want more of this intense pair. Those who enjoy M/M BDSM Romance with a strong Murder Mystery should give this series a go.
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