- Book Title: Drawn In
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Barbara Elsborg
- Publisher: Barbara Elsborg (October 15, 2016)
- Book Length: 336 pages
- Genre: Gay Fiction, Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Romance
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 5 Stars and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Nothing, but nothing, catches and holds my attention like a crime novel where characters become compromised in the execution of their duties, where they are forced to shift off the moral high ground in pursuit of justice by any means necessary. Throw in the vagaries of chance, a misalignment of priorities and a series of throat punches in the form of insanely complex plot points… and you have my undying attention.
Drawn In hit every single bullet point I look for in a crime novel: heart-stopping miscues, breadcrumbs and I never saw that coming but hey, yeah, there it was ah ha moments, big bads and protags, torn from headlines scenarios, gotchas from the past that impact the present, and a sensual dance of keep away that will have you on the edge of your seat. More than once. A lot more.
And the scenes of affection? Oh lordie.
Kell is the undercover cop, forced into a relationship of abuse he downplays, even to himself. He’s a man on the edge of losing himself, treading the knife edge of capitulation and acceptance, his life and self-respect sacrificed on the altar of expediency. He’s a man who could be easily lost to the belly of the sordid underworld he inhabits, until a chance meeting with Gethin—the PI looking to re-invent his life after earlier missteps—that awakens what might be best described as his will to survive in the face of incomprehensible exploitation.
Gethin is no angel of mercy, yet he manages to keep to a higher moral ground until faced with a nearly impossible choice brought on by ties to people in his past. At first Gethin seems unsuited to the challenge, yet as events progress he surprises and then awes with his inner strength and commitment.
Drawn In is a riveting page turner, with intertwining plots that will keep you up at night (it did me!) and just when you think you can take a breath and relax, you’d be wrong. This is a fantastic blend of high action, jaw-dropping scenes of danger and intersecting storylines, but most of all it’s a character study of two men with no safety net and everything to lose.
The writing is stellar as is the editing.
Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.
Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.
A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.