The Love of Wicked Men: Episode 1 (The Love of Wicked Men Book 1) by Brandon Shire ~ Book Review by Lirtle

the-love-of-wicked-men-ep-1-coverTitle: The Love of Wicked Men: Episode 1 (The Love of Wicked Men Book 1)

Author: Brandon Shire

Publisher: TPG Books

Cover Artist:

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/30/2014

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Mystery

Blurb:

THIS IS SERIALIZED FICTION (6 parts)

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or, was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?
The Love of Wicked Men is an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

IN THIS EPISODE:
Sid Rivers has been very successful at helping his smaller corporate clients silence their critics and retain their profits. His success has caught the attention of a trillion dollar industry, and now Sid thinks he is about to realize a dream he’s held since childhood –unlimited wealth and unlimited power.
Jack Brown stops in and robs the local Shop-n-Go and nicks Sid with his knife. He sets into motion a plan of revenge that has been smoldering within him for years. But his plan requires he get close to the same man who has become the representative of his enemies.

My View:

“Go easy,” Jack cautioned her.

“Why?” she demanded. “He’s an asshole.”

“It’s a front,” Jack said as he watched Sid through the window.

There is so much going on here.

From page one, the tension was on. Confidence in storytelling is when an author can drop me into the middle of a story, the lives of these characters, without making me feel lost. Done and done.

Further proof of cracking storytelling: Shire made me, not just not despise Sid and Jack but, like them. These two morally slippery guys, with complicated approaches in attempts to reconcile simple and long-lived motivations, had me investing over and over as I read this.

I love when things get tossed on their heads, turned around and upside down. There’s a constant struggle and trade and scrabble for the upper hand. My own back and forth with Jack and Sid is fed by the details they reveal about each other, and only I know they know. Yep, one of those.

The mystery? Well, color me all shades of the rainbow intrigued. Where is this all going? What about Marty and Lori, what are their stories? And the quote up there? This just might explain Sid missing a clue. And Jack, he thinks he knows but… see? Told you, it’s one of those.

Brandon Shire’s writing in this is as smooth as ever, moving along at a fast clip without missing much of the beat. I’m moving right to episode two. I mean, are you kidding me? Ya dern tootin’!

~ Stay Tuned: My review for Episode two is out on Tues May 19th ! ~

Links

The Love of Wicked Men: Episode 1 (The Love of Wicked Men Book 1) on Goodreads
TPG Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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