Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.
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Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Love and Punishment is an intriguing story that delves into the minds of each of the characters. It starts right off with the kidnapping of the main character Flynn Parker by a psychopathic serial killer. I found the characters a little blah. They were okay but nothing great. Flynn seemed to have more control over his emotions than someone who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted should have been. He was otherwise a likeable character, protecting those he loved from the machinations of a deranged mad man he couldn’t identify. Anthony was the stereotypical detective – stern yet loving, formidable yet supportive. I loved it when he threw out Italian phrases. I kept my translator handy to make sure I knew what he was saying and the endearments were just that – endearing. One thing I did not like at all were the character’s thoughts that popped up occasionally. While the story is written from each of character’s point of view, the thoughts just didn’t seem to fit in with the narrative. They stood out as if separate and tended to break my concentration on the story. Overall it was a good story, an enthralling look at several sides of a serial killer: Flynn, the victim who survived and feared for not only his life but for those he loved; Anthony, Flynn’s lover and the detective sworn to bring in the killer at all costs; Blair, the serial killer himself; and Marshall, the man who loves Blair.
Love and Punishment was a book that I loved right from the start. I am a sucker for a good murder story and Susan did not disappoint; she pulls the reader in right from the start. The characters were well developed as individuals and as couples and really allowed the reader to sympathize with each character. I really felt part of Flynn and Anthony's relationship. They were so in love and the reader could see how much they cared for each other. As for the relationship that was between the killer and his lover, Susan did a great job with showing the love of this relationship, despite how twisted it was. Susan definitely has a twisted sense - because man, can she murder someone! It was sick, twisted, devious and awesome all wrapped up in this amazing story. Susan develops a good crime solving novel with intrigue and enough hard headed characters to make the story in-depth without going too far. It shows the inner office politics of a police unit, the close relationships amongst the lovers and pulls in past relationships of some characters in order to fully tell the story. There was plenty of angst and steamy scenes, there was great character development and in the end, everything came together in a very well planned conclusion. There were only a few criticisms. Having a Kindle - with the way the chapters are formatted, it makes it impossible to navigate the book easily. Also, the author uses the word "oriental" to describe a person of Asian nationality. That word is somewhat antiquated and doesn't seem to fit - it makes me think of a rug, not a person. Finally, Susan also uses the word "Jap" when referring to some script and that also seems a little derogatory and unnecessary to the story. She could have easily used the word Japanese and it would not have changed what, I believe, she was trying to convey. Overall, I loved the book and hope the story continues. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. AvidReader