Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence, Book 1) by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham ~ Book Review by Ulysses

breathingbetrayal_xlrg-180x288Title: Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence, Book 1)

Author: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/07/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Crime Fiction, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal


Every breath brings them closer to love, and a killer.

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, strangulation and murder.

My View:

A good, solid m/m romance with action and intelligence, “Breathing Betrayal” seems to be the first of a series, and that’s something to look forward to.

Jake Chivis is settling down in London, having been a cop in Detroit. A jogger he keeps spotting during his morning runs in Regent’s Park turns out to be a sort-of colleague at the London university where he works, a beautiful blond with the exotic name of Ilmarinen Gale. What the men soon discover, aside from an intense physical attraction, is that each of them has an inherited paranormal gift that has brought them to the same covert paranormal study. But there the similarities end. Jake can invoke visions by touching objects, while Mari has an uncanny ability to psychically tap into computer programs; very different gifts that lead them to stumble onto a murder.

Both men are wounded emotionally and not ready for any kind of relationship. We never fully get to the bottom of this, although plenty of hints are dropped along the way. What becomes clear as the two men get sucked deeper and deeper into their not-quite-legal investigation of a missing man’s disappearance, is that they see something in each other than neither has experienced before. This is an instance where the damage done is purely emotional, affecting only their ability to form relationships. Thus, the relationship they seem to be forming against their better judgment is the backdrop against which the paranormal mystery is played out.

There is rather more sex in the story than I need these days, but I hand it to the authors that they handle it with expressive power. There’s nothing pro-forma about Jake and Mari’s connection to each other. As they explore the emotional side of their physical attraction, they begin to understand each other better, and it is in these shared emotional responses that the reader learns just who these characters are. There are no loose ends in the plot, and there is no cliffhanger; but there are personal issues that have yet to be resolved by the time the book reaches its end.

This is not a thriller. It is a mystery, and a mystery that, while it seems obvious on the surface, ends up surprising us with a number of little twists and turns that are very much based on the limits of Jake and Mari’s paranormal gifts.  It is a clever premise that both satisfies us and leaves us asking questions and wanting more.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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