Series: Dark Mission,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Avon Books on March 5, 2013
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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When I read that this was Avon’s first published M/M romance, I decided I needed to read it. I realize that M/M romance is out there but is definitely not mainstream unless it’s a threesome with a woman in between (check out Maya Banks, Lauren Dane, etc.)
In the face of the Catholic Church joining forces with the government to round up any and all witches to use for their own less-than-moral purposes, the world is torn apart — figuratively and literally. An earthquake buried the majority of Seattle, yet man built on top of it. Danny, the grandson of the leader of an insurrection group against the Church, has been captured, and is being tortured for information. Jonas is there to help get him out, no matter what. Jonas flirts when he needs to, as he has in past books in this series, but something about Danny gets to him — and the greatest part is that Danny won’t take any of Jonas’s bull.
Wicked Lies is a fantastic novella that shows that M/M romance can be tasteful, real and pretty damn sexy, without pushing it too far. Now, if the thought of two men together grosses you out or offends you morally, don’t read this. But it’s not too graphic, it’s not shoved in your face… rather, it’s a slow, steady build up of attraction, from the time Jonas first makes contact with Danny while he (Danny) is still imprisoned, up to when they meet and Jonas watches over Danny as he heals. Jonas, himself, needs to heal, in body and soul, and together these two find love within one another.
I am a firm believer that if it’s safe, sane and consensual, love is love and should be treated with respect. M/M, F/M, F/F, or any further combination… To quote another great series, “Love as Thou Wilt” — a tattoo I have, from the Jacqueline Carey “Kushiel” series.
I’m very glad to see that Avon has taken a chance with this novella (baby steps) and that, thus far, it seems to be being received quite well. Four out of Five Flowers, and Four Flames because it gets pretty steamy.