Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg

Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.

Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.

A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M not exactly romance
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This was just an okay story for me. There was a lot of angst in the story and I thought that Elsborg did an amazing job keeping it all flowing in an organic way. The characters were full of their own self-doubts, worries, stresses, but in the end, they found their way through the muddled mess to each other.

Jonnie was kind of a conundrum in this story. I REALLY disliked him. He was both manipulative and needy in a way that made me instantly dislike him and he never came around for me. Gethin is a kind soul and he knew that he needed to be there for Jonnie despite their history. I also thought that Jonnie's parents were chicken-sh**s for making Gethin do what they were too cowardly to do. (Man, can you tell I didn't like him or his family?)

Gethin is struggling with his life. He stumbled on to something that he knows he shouldn't have seen, but can't let it go. The investigator in him needs to know where the rabbit hole ends. He knows he's putting his work-friends in danger, but just can't seem to figure out how to not care. I think my issue with Gethin is that he's too caring and forgets to care for himself.

Then you have Kell. Man, Kell is all sorts of messed up. Staying with that horrible "man" just to find a girl who's not even really part of his life anymore? Strange and honorable all wrapped into what makes Kell, Kell.

This story is full of anxious moments, questionable decision making, but ultimately, it's about finding your way through darkness and into the light of what love can truly bring someone.

This was a slow start for me. As I read about the awful circumstances that Kell and Gethin find themselves, I was second guessing my choice to read such a heavy and, at that point, depressing story at Christmas. I continued on because author had laid enough ground work that I wanted to see where the story was going and particularly, how Gethin's situation would resolve.

Kell and Gethin meet at a party, neither of them wanting attachments and expecting their get together will be a one off. But one encounter turns into two, which turns into them exchanging numbers. It is clear this is never going to be a one nighter no matter how much they try to deny it.

For me the story really picked up when Gethin's job as a private investigator put him in the club where Kell is "working security." Action, danger, and a mystery to solve, coupled with the personal relationship developing between Kell and Gethin sucked me in and squashed any doubts I had about this book choice.

Drawn In had my heart racing. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. By the end, my emotions were all over the place and I was in my happy book place. Great story.

Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the south of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg to read and review.

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