Author: Brandon Shire
Publisher: TPG Books
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/15/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Mystery
IN THIS EPISODE: Unforeseen events and revelations have put Jack and Sid back in harm’s way. Is Jack going to get his revenge? Is Sid going make it out alive? Will common enemies force these two together or rip them apart forever? Find out in the Season One finale!
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.
The opening scene and we have anger, confusion, and one of the main story elements coming full circle. Wow. Jack and Sid, what the hell is in store for you now??
And the hits just keep on comin’…
”I haven’t finished destroying him yet,” Sid remarked, still skeptical of her pronouncement despite the flare of adrenaline suddenly blazing through his brain.
Shire’s writing. That’s it right there. Who comes up with these things, these single-sentence shots that give you everything you need to know about what a character is feeling in that moment. I shouldn’t be surprised at how delicious it is, but I am. And I’m thrilled. And he had me sitting in my living room with my mouth hanging open from shock at the revelations that continued to rain down. Holy. CRAP.
Just as you’d expect, we get nearly the entire cast of characters: Sid and Jack, Sweeny and Drake, Lori, Shane, Manard, Cheryl (I knew something was going on with her!!), Ms Marion, and the rest. Nearly every one of these characters’ roles gets upended, tossing everything deeper into chaos. Further, none of these people are superheroes. They’re imperfect, riddled with grey areas, and questionable morals. The redeeming factor some of them possess is the reason behind their individual motivations informing their less than stellar decision making skills.
One of my favorite things about this series is the friendship between Drake and Jack. Everything is known, no secrets, nothing of any consequence really. Their relationship impacts the other connections between the characters, namely that between Jack and Sid. Though, Jack does play his fair share of bit parts in some of the others.
This story is non-stop in its intensity, constantly moving pieces, and the worry I felt about these characters that forced me to care about their morally questionable patooties. Toss Shane into the mix and he somehow makes all of the close calls, muck ups, and twists feel insignificant compared to what might be hiding behind that lopsided grin of his. side eyes Who are you really, Shane, eh?
This conclusion to Season One of this series is the literary equivalent of mainlining adrenaline.
I loved every moment of it.
I’ll be re-reading this entire series.
I want more.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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