Book: Hacked Up
Publisher: Stone Publishing
Publication date: February 6, 2017
Length: 264 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.
Peter Tao is a detective and he's trying to figure out who's behind a slew of heinous murders. He reaches dead ends, deals with a lot of frustration, and has to handle the weighing guilt that with each day that this case goes unsolved means another life is lost.
As a side note I'd hate to be the first three victims of a serial killer. No agency or detective really thinks, "Oh my God we have a serial killer on our hands hurry let's stop them," until the number begins to rise and patterns are made. And the way this maniac kills? Yeah, no thank you!
Detective Tao is a really great character. It's a good thing too because the story is told in his POV. We really get into his head and we are trying to piece it all together with him. He and his partner have a great relationship. A bit annoying at times but for the most part it's fun. Seeing that his partner knows he's gay, unlike his family, really solidifies that partnership. There's a stoic feel to Tao's character so seeing him be light when with his partner- and the intensity of this case- was really refreshing.
Even though there were some slightly sloppy parts to the mystery it wasn't glaring. I think it showed the human error in all things and how this case was out of Tao's depth at times. The ending is crazy dramatic maybe a tad over the top but the insanity of these murders should not have met it's end quietly. It wouldn't have fit the feel of the entire book.
This is an amped up, fast paced, beat-the-clock, sort of story. Edge of your seat most of the time. I say give this book a go!
Even with my lovers, I’ve never found anyone who truly challenges me. In the bedroom or out. I haven’t been able to get you off my mind since meeting you. I’ve imagined what you’d be like in bed. Neither one of us wanting to give an inch.”
I craned my head back so I could look him in the eye. “You need to get that idea out of your head right now.”
“What, like you haven’t fantasized about fucking me?”
I had but that didn’t mean it was going to happen. “That’s not the point.”
“I suspect you want me as much as I want you. What would be wrong with going for it and having fun?”
Holding up a finger, I said, “First of all, I have a rule against hookups and one-night stands.”
“It doesn’t have to be a one-off. I’d have no problem with getting together again.”
I lifted a second digit. “Secondly, you’re a witness in my current investigation. We shouldn’t even be spending time together like this, but…”
“You’re drawn to me.” He leaned down and put his lips to mine. I should’ve pushed him away immediately, but it felt so outstanding I lost my train of thought for a moment. I came back to my senses when his tongue traced my lips.
I put a hand on his shoulder and he moved back.
“Third, and this is the most important argument,” I said, “I do not sleep with married men.”
That brought back memories I’d rather forget. Goddamn Darren Finney. “Never again.”
“What’s the problem? If you’ve done it once, you can do it again.”
He lowered for another kiss, but I put a hand on his forehead and stopped him.
“I mean it, Bryce. It’s not going to happen. Not if you’re married.”
He sat up and regarded me with half-lidded eyes. “Something bad happened to you, didn’t it?”
“Want to talk about it?”
“Not even a little bit.”
He shrugged. “Okay. I can wait. But as soon as I’m divorced, I’m going to seduce you. I want you in my bed, Bae Peter Tao.”
“And you always get what you want?”
His eyes gleamed and a playful grin formed on his lips. “Usually.”
Cocky bastard. “I’m not going to hold my breath on that divorce. I have a feeling your wife is going to take you for everything she can.”
He huffed. “You’re right there. Clementine was always in it for the money. I’ll get my divorce, but it may take a while.”
“Don’t expect me to wait. Just because I’m attracted to you doesn’t mean it’ll last.”
“The lure can’t fade if I don’t let you forget me.”
“And how do you plan on doing that?”
“Right now, I’m not sure, but I’ll find a way. I always do.”
Damn, he was arrogant and, God help me, I liked it. He was a man who knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it.
About Ethan Stone
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.
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