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Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter
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About the Author
Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.
Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.
May 05, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.
Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.
But young gay men in Washington, DC are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.
Stole My Breath
Written by a relatively new author, Every Breath You Take is a roller coaster of a book, evoking strong emotions on both the positive and the negative. Who could ask for more? The book is in the third person past tense POV, and it contains characters with brilliant personalities, flaws that make them real, and descriptions that provide mind candy to place the characters within.
Thomas is very passive-aggressive through much of the book, but as his past is revealed fairly early on, it instantly becomes less annoying and more a trauma reaction that creates a stronger connection to him. Two years isn’t that long a time from a trauma, and his fears are valid, despite how much he wants Zachary.
For his part, Zachary is the proverbial country mouse in the big city, stars in his eyes and finally in a place that his conservative religious upbringing can be set aside to allow him to really be himself. Experiencing so many firsts, Zachary is a fresh, sweet breath of air to the cynical nature of Washington, D.C.
The angst created as Thomas fights with himself, and the acceptance of Zachary to step back and give the man time to decide was wonderful to read. I enjoyed that there are different dates Zachary goes on at Thomas’s suggestion, that he isn’t just pining away for or pushing Thomas to accept him.
The secondary characters are many and varied, and they create a well-rounded world full of vibrancy and flaws. No one is flawless, and I really liked that the author added that aspect.
The chemistry is absolutely sizzling, palpable from the first look they share, and that parlays into intimate scenes that you need a fan on you to read!
Then there is the mystery/suspense aspect. What a ride! I love mystery and suspense, and I was thrilled that my initial conclusion was way off point. The POV of the killer is chilling to the core, making me cringe more than once from just his thoughts, let alone his actions. Phenomenal writing!
I wasn’t sure in the beginning how I felt about it, but by about a third of the way in, I was absolutely entranced, and then the end came way too fast. I wanted more. I still want more. EBYT is just the author’s second book, and I’m hooked! I eagerly anticipate whatever he publishes next. Five solid stars for this incredible novel, and many, many recommendations that you pick it up to find yourself an author you’ll love!
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