Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Promotional Post: Torn and Frayed by Rodd Clark #Excerpt #Review #Giveaway

Torn and Frayed
(Another Gabriel Church Tale)
Rodd Clark

Gabriel Church returns in Torn and Frayed, the sequel to the acclaimed Rubble and the Wreckage, by Rodd Clark.

Book Details: Novel
Genre: LGBT Erotic Thriller



“Conscience isn’t something all people are born with...”

Gabriel Church is a portrait in contrast. It would be easy to get lost in his pale-blue eyes, ache with the need to feel the strength of his masculine frame. He appears to be nothing but animal and instinct. The only people who know the full depth of that truth are dead, murdered, or two thousand miles away.

Gabe is a serial killer. For the first time in his life, he has more on his mind than his own survival. This time he is running from Seattle to protect the only person he thinks innocent in his laundry list of crime and murder: Christian Maxwell, his biographer and unexpected lover. Drawn to a place he never thought to return, Gabe finds new and different realities. Realities that insist he let go of his tragic past, those incredible perceptions of God, and his own divinity. He must open his eyes to what the love of a good man can do to heal a broken soul.

But when the killer is confronted by his own willingness to love and sacrifice, he is forced to ultimately ask the question: Just how far will he go to save a life . . . when all he’s ever done is take them?

What people are saying about Rubble and the Wreckage – Book 1 in the Gabriel Church Tales . . .

Can you trust a serial killer that has no remorse? That bathes in manipulation? I am not going to tell you if Christian trusts, believes, or falls for any of it but I will tell you it’s a drug for those who crave a dark twist in their daily reads. It’s hot between these two. It’s also suspenseful and nerve wracking. Venture outside your comfort zone for this book.
Diverse Reader

I don’t give away spoilers, but I will say that this book pulls no punches, makes no apologies, and basically kicks ass and takes names! Grab it if you want a mind-bending, sexy read that will leave you wanting book two . . .!
Bike Book Reviews

A psychological thriller, this book was a page-turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend Rubble and Wreckage.
Joyfully Jay Reviews

This is a wonderful book for the person who likes stories that offer in depth character studies of flawed people. Both men are very complicated and probably equally fragmented except on opposite sides of the law.  Rubble and the Wreckage is a sizzling read. Nothing is what it seems; nor is it so simplistic as a killer grooming a writer to be a patsy for murder like a predictable TV movie.
Love Bytes Reviews

Rodd is an amazing narrator and manages to weave a thrilling and intriguing tale of sex, lust, love, mystery and danger.
Bayou Book Reviews


Cars weaved dangerously onto onramps as everyone was frantically trying to make it to offices, day jobs, or the nearest shopping malls. Everyone was out to make a living, but for him life was different. In the burbs, Gabe made a living with a towel and a pair of shorts. Stopping in at motel pools, appearing like any other guest out for a swim. His true intention was spying for purses sitting open by the women tanning themselves on chaise lounges.
Gabriel wasn’t vain, but he knew what catnip a strong physique could be for a lonely female traveler, and he knew how to work the tourist trade even better than the brown-skinned boys from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. But it was more than loose change he’d be begging for. Motel pools were ideal because husbands rarely swam with their families, but mothers knew the importance of getting screaming children out of tiny motel rooms and into pools. It meant they could sit in quiet solitude, possibly reading and tanning their alabaster skins as urchins on sugar highs splashed and frolicked at their feet.
It was the perfect savanna for hunting when you had a build like Gabriel’s. And if his target was a lone single woman, he often used his skills to get her to draw him to her room for sweaty sex between the sheets. Purses and pocket books were easy, and when they weren’t available, there were pool games for money and poker with betting. He considered his petty theft something few would miss, and his efforts enabled him to stay off the grid and under anyone’s radar. He’d never been arrested or ticketed for any of his minor crimes for cash because he was that good. A tempting smile went a long way for him, and he could be charming and self-effacing whenever he needed. Christian had chuckled and called him whore when he’d explained how he maintained his existence back in Washington. Remembering that incident brought a faint grin to his face, and he found pleasure that the writer hadn’t judged him harshly, as others might’ve.
“You do what you have to if you want to survive, little buddy.” Church had offered over Christian’s raucous laughter. It had been one of the first times they’d discussed his manner of survival or money during one of their many frequent interviews in the Mayflower. He had to admit they’d been a little drunk by then after Maxwell had purchased a bottle of premium bourbon and carried it back to their suite as entertainment and distraction. They were inebriated more often than he cared to admit, but it was a necessary evil when Christian was asking him to reveal his deepest, darkest secrets. The only way he could get to the impervious truth was by laced libation and longing looks of sympathy and interest. One of Gabe’s fondest memories came from them sitting on the sofa in the spacious suite at the Mayflower in their underwear, close enough that their knees were touching. They were already high on bourbon and colas, and they laughed and joked well into the night. It was something Gabriel had never experienced before, as unfathomable as that might have sounded.


This is book two of this series and just like with Book 1 (Rubble and the Wreckage) I barely breathed. It's a very suspenseful story. Gabriel Church is a serial killer. He's cold, malicious, somewhat detached. He's also got the charming magnetism that draws his prey. Rodd Clark does an outstanding job of making a chill go up your spine with Gabriel. However, he does have a softness. As much as a serial killer can that is, and it's in the form of his biographer and ex-lover Christian Maxwell. That relationship is equally as suspenseful as the plot. Gabriel finds himself, in this book, running to get to Christian to protect him. It's a rather unselfish move for someone like him and it really makes you cheer for him... I questioned my own morals when it came to Gabe LOL.

Scott Kenn is a third MC in this book. He's a detective assigned to investigate the murder of Shea Baltimore... I won't give things away so you'll have to wait and see. It add A LOT of excitement to this already insanely thrilling tale. It also has potential to cause problems for Gabe and Christian.

Torn and Frayed is a dark tale, it's not about superheros it's about the bad guys and how they oddly make us hope for them. It's beautifully written and you can't help but love getting into these character's heads.

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About the Author

Rodd Clark

Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks of Oklahoma. Check out his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many books. It has been written that his writing has a very dark and distinctive voice with a need for deep exploration and analysis.  “Torn and Frayed” is the sequel to his popular romantic thriller, "Rubble and the Wreckage." The third chapter of the series should be released later in the year and give readers a chance to see how their wicked story is resolved.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Meredith for allowing me to join in the fun today at Diverse Reader. What a wonderfully insightful review and thank you for giving me a smile today when I read your words.