Saturday, May 6, 2017

Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter


When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.

But young gay men in Washington, DC, are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
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Zachary and Thomas have a typical beginning. They met at a bar. Zachary is newly out in public with his self-worth tied to his parents, who are deeply homophobic. Now that Zachary is out of their clutches, he can really start being himself. On a dare, he goes to Mata Hari and finds himself befriended by Joe, Randy, and Terry. What he doesn't realize is that they are also walking towards Thomas – a man who Zachary had been staring at since he was so beautiful.

Thomas is complicated. He's scared, lonely, and angry. A few years back, he was stalked and his family essentially threw him out because his "status" was inconveniencing their business. So, he picked up, moved, and found a new life. He has great friends and a job he likes. But he's lonely. He only allows himself to have one-night stands because of his history – the stalker really threw him for a loop, especially since it was someone who he knew due to his family connections.

Randy is a protective friend of Thomas'. I really enjoyed his character and thought that he brought great perspective to the case, Thomas' life, and loved his bar. I hope that he gets a story somewhere along the way.

Then you have Rumson... What a twisted, sick creature. He was crazy to his core and the fact that he was able to stalk for so long – whew! Kind of a mind blower! I won't say too much because it gives it away, but I will say that I wish we had seen more of the "after." People needed to be put in the spotlight and I wish we could have gotten to see that.

Overall, this was a great story with a twisted, crazy bad guy.



ROBERT WINTER is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.

Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter to read and review.

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