Covet Thy Neighbor [Sexy Men of Mystery 2] (Siren Publishing Everlasting Classic ManLove)by Jessica Frost
[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires, light consensual BDSM, whipping, paddling, HEA] Detective Nicola Dupre is back at work after a six-month sick leave, but he’s still haunted by his sister’s tragic death. When Captain Moore gives him an unofficial undercover assignment to befriend the sexy, charming Nero Thorn, the erotic writer Nicola idolizes, he quickly accepts. He thinks it’s an easy job until he gets to know the mysterious BDSM author. Overwhelming emotions he can’t explain draw him ever closer to Nero. Nero Thorn’s a recluse and he likes it that way. When he literally bumps into his shy, handsome new neighbor, Nicola Dupre, sparks fly. He’s drawn to Nicola like a moth to a fire and he quickly falls in love. But he has a dark, dangerous secret he’s kept hidden from the world for years. If Nicola ever finds out who he really is, he’ll run away in fear. There’s a serial killer out there, and the murder of his sixth victim was written in Nero’s last novel before it ever happened. There’s a connection between Nero, the sixth victim, and the killer, and Nicola has to figure it out before the killer strikes again. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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In this second book in the Sexy Men of Mystery series past pain leaves a lasting impression on two men who meet under less than honest circumstances but is the groundwork for a HEA. Nicola is still recovering from the death of his sister when he's given the chance to go undercover and get close to his favorite erotic author, Nero Thorn. Their connection is immediate and teems with sexual tension which is reflected in some vividly depicted sweat-inducing BDSM play. Getting in the way of their romance is the mystery surrounding numerous deaths being reported and a similar death depicted in Nero's recent book. Nicola is drawn to Nero but doesn't know if he's a killer as he knows there's things Nero is hiding from him. Nero has much darkness in his past but I still found myself drawn to him. One of his secrets comes out early in the story but another is saved for the end which made for a rushed ending and a glossing over of what he revealed which greatly diminished its impact. Along with the immensely satisfying romance comes a surprisingly good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. This part of the story was gritty and dark and kept me fully immersed in the mystery. Overall I found this a stronger story than the previous installment. The protagonists were engaging and their romance super hot. The mystery provided some heart-pounding moments with satisfying twists and turns that made up for the slightly disappointing end. Ms. Frost's series keeps getting better with its intriguing blend of romance amidst the paranormal and I look forward to where it's going next.