THE MEN OF LONDON
From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.
28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.
Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery of a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.
We first met Taylor Abelard in Love You Senseless where his dubious gift of “sight” makes him susceptible to blackouts and terrifying emotional drains on his energy and even his sanity. Taylor is the real deal, something hard-headed and opinionated Draven Samuels, an investigator with a prestigious London firm, has little time or patience for.
Draven is no stranger to tragedy. The loss of his parents and the continuing heartbreak over his younger brother’s situation punctures the hard shell he wears into the soft underbelly of vulnerability. Draven sees no need to anchor himself with a relationship, but there’s something about the dark-haired, mocha-skinned Taylor that puts paid to him distancing himself from the allure of the strange young man.
Taylor and Draven cross paths again when a mutual friend seemingly commits suicide, though the reasons behind the terrible circumstances don’t seem to add up. Dravon is slow to accept the evidence of Taylor’s gift but once he does, it opens the door for them to realize how much they need each other.
The road to resolution of the mystery of the friend’s death, and the heart-wrenching decision that Dravon must make about his brother, creates waves of conflict and despair. It’s never a given that these two men could ever resolve their differences. Their hardships are real, their emotional turmoil devastating.
These are two characters you grow to love, aching when they make foolish mistakes, and praying they will listen to the advice of friends and see past hurt and words said in anger and fear. The minor characters from Love You Senseless play a central role in the drama that Dravon and Tay create without meaning to.
Great characters, a mystery, personal tragedies and a tortured path to final acceptance makes for yet another fantastic tale from an author who is on my auto-buy list. Five stars.