Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gabriel by RK Staunton


Gabriel Ingram is running from his past. It’s common knowledge at the college where he teaches that he’s a former CIA technical analyst, but no one knows the things he really did—or about the rage and bloodlust that are his constant companions. He’s holding on to his normal life with both hands, but he knows someday he’ll lose his grip.

Lucas Craig is a social worker studying to become a family therapist. For reasons Lucas can’t understand, the normally reclusive Professor Ingram takes an interest in him, and Lucas secretly hopes their friendship might become more.

Then Eric, Lucas’s roommate, disappears. Lucas is frantic. The police are no help. With nowhere else to turn, Lucas begs Gabriel for his expertise.

What starts as a simple errand to help a friend becomes a journey into a violent world of gangs and human trafficking—one that will bring Gabriel face-to-face with the forces intent on stealing his soul. But Lucas might be the one who can save him—if Gabriel can get them out alive.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance
Triggers: Sex trafficking

This is the first book that I've read in this series.

This book was somewhat strange for me. It seemed pieced together. The two main characters started out with small meet ups, which I found very sweet. Gabriel was drawn to Lucas, but he didn't really know why.

Lucas is a hardworking, somewhat scattered student and social worker. He's trying very hard to better the world. He finds Gabriel irresistible, but Gabriel's reputation is of a somewhat hard ass professor.

The two main characters, I didn't think, had very much chemistry. I was more interested in Moose, Gabriel's friend. Also, the teenager that Lucas was working with was just left behind. There could have been more follow-up.

Finally, the actual mystery in this story was well developed, but it just lacked cohesiveness.



RK STAUNTON rebelled against having a Christmas birthday in favor of making an unexpected debut in early fall instead, and she’s been doing the unexpected ever since. This tendency has resulted in many adventures, including a ten-year stint as a guide in that strange urban jungle called middle school. While entertaining, that expedition ultimately proved too harrowing. After finally making her escape, she turned to a quieter life masquerading as a crazy cat lady living in a small town in the southeastern US.

RK has lived with a menagerie of characters inside her head for as long as she can remember. In a desperate bid to preserve her sanity, she has begun to transcribe the tales they tell her. This endeavor has proven to be fun, occasionally profitable, and cheaper than therapy. It has also fueled raging addictions to caffeine and chocolate on top of her lifelong addiction to books, but everyone is entitled to a vice or three, right?

On the rare occasions when the characters release RK from her duties as scribe, she enjoys chasing dragonflies and volunteering with orphan care charities. RK considers the Internet her second home. She can often be hanging out there at one of her many favorite haunts.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Gabriel (Order of the Black Knights #5) by RK Staunton to read and review.

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