Author: John Inman
Page/Word Count: 210 pages, 75K words
Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Gay Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.
But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.
What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.
Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?
4✨s – Hmmm…am I taking my life in my hands reviewing a book about a killer targeting reviewers? This premise was irresistible with a well-executed (pun intended!) narrative alternating between viewpoints from Milo the author, Logan the reviewer and a killer seemingly wreaking vengeance over bad reviews. John Inman takes more than a few tongue-in-cheek jabs at the writing community, reviewers and bloggers whose opinions can often influence the success of a book. There’s also a very tender romance when Milo, a moderately successful author meets Logan, a reviewer who is well respected in his field. .
Logan is mourning the recent loss of a partner when he meets Milo, recovering from his breakup with Bryce, who has a critical part within the story. The variety of emotional conflicts really bring the characters to life. I was continually amused by the humor in dialogues between Logan and Milo, offering gentle sarcasm, snark and witty banter. There’s black humor from the killer in his observations of his victims. The suspense plot underpins the excellent, slow building romantic relationship, and the narrative populated with intriguing characters from the literary circles they move in.
I am giving Mr. Inman some strong side-eye for the depiction of a female author of gay romance and not so subtle commentary on the prevalence of exaggerated descriptions of sex in some books. I can’t entirely disagree either! I really liked the way his love scenes had just enough erotic wording to set the scene yet allow imagination to fill in the details. Not so much fade to black as perhaps fade to…grey? The murder scenes are a little gruesome but the victims don’t inspire much sympathy. I can happily recommend this story for its deft satire with a great balance of romance, thrills and suspense.
About John Inman:
John Inman is a Lambda Literary Award finalist and the author of over thirty novels, everything from outrageous comedies to tales of ghosts and monsters and heart stopping romances. John Inman has been writing fiction since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He and his partner live in beautiful San Diego, California. Together, they share a passion for theater, books, hiking and biking along the trails and canyons of San Diego or, if the mood strikes, simply kicking back with a beer and a movie.
John’s advice for anyone who wishes to be a writer? “Set time aside to write every day and do it. Don’t be afraid to share what you’ve written. Feedback is important. When a rejection slip comes in, just tear it up and try again. Keep mailing stuff out. Keep writing and rewriting and then rewrite one more time. Every minute of the struggle is worth it in the end, so don’t give up. Ever. Remember that publishers are a lot like lovers. Sometimes you have to look a long time to find the one that’s right for you.”
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