- Book Title: The Love of Wicked Men: Part 3
- Author: Brandon Shire
- Publisher: TPG Books (January 23, 2015)
- Book Length: 83 pages
- Genre: Gay, Erotic, Action, Serial
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Posting Date: February 17, 2015
The author has said he is willing to engage in a dialog to help move this story along. In Episodes One and Two I saw no necessity to change much. The characters were suitably classed as ‘pieces of work’, everyone had fairly straightforward motivations with enough underlying tension the reader knew there would be jaw-dropping revelations to come.
So far so good…
But… Book Three. Let’s compile a list, shall we?
**It’s rushed: there are innumerable typos, extra words, partial thoughts, muddy plotting
**The main scene in the law firm meeting room where Sid and his associates hash out what they have on Phillip Marn is overly complicated. If you are a fan of Suits (you should be, just saying), they stretch the interconnectedness over several episodes instead of what amounts to a tedious info dump that obfuscates rather than points to viable next steps. It’s too much, too soon.
**Ditto having a new player with a score to settle with Jack appearing out of nowhere. Red herrings abound, too many of them.
**The scene with the pseudo-mechanic and Jack is gratuitous sex which is supposed to show… what?
**Sid ends this episode with some thoughts that someone may have gotten to his files
**Lots of players who don’t necessarily add to the plot, too much dialog that tells rather than shows
**Covers blown too early, too abruptly
I see where this is going. I’m not sure I’m on board with the choices the author has made. This is the point where I ask myself if it’s worth forking over $$ to follow along, or just wait until the author cleans it up, does a proper edit and finds a way to streamline the story. I’ve already invested time and disposable income, but right now I’m not so enamored of either Sid or Jack to grab the teakettle and dump it looking for loose change.
Recommendation: holding pattern