Friday, December 3, 2010

Tensaw Blues

Title: Tensaw Blues
Author: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-013-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Max Bowman is tired. After two years of hiding his relationship with his lover, Quint Wolfe, the constant schooling of his features and reactions while in public and the inability to ever go anywhere together as a couple is getting old. Once the idea of being Quint’s secret lover held a certain appeal and Max understood and even agreed with the need to keep their personal connection hidden, but now he’s wondering if he can continue. It’s driving him crazy and the emotional pain is crippling. Even while they’re staying at an idyllic inn while on a business trip, Max feels alone and even unloved.

Things only get worse when there’s sabotage at the new Wolfe Corporation plant and one of the men is injured. The local police are stumped but one thing is certain, someone is out to get even with Quint, putting Max’s life on the line. Will Quint have to choose between Max and the company or will the police find the person or persons responsible first?

Tensaw Blues is the fourth release in the Southern Beaus series and a sequel to Wolfe Proxy. While it would be beneficial to read all the books in order, I feel it’s imperative to at least read the lead in story of how Quint and Max got together in Wolfe Proxy.

I liked the characters of both Max and Quint when they were introduced previously and enjoyed getting to know more about them in this newest release. The authors did a very nice job describing how their relationship had progressed over the last two years, as well as the painful emotional problems both were experiencing while trying to keep their love secret. This is particularly true of Max and the authors vivid and often heart wrenching expression of his pain and hurt. There is never any real doubt that Quint loves Max, but his priorities are definitely skewed, making it easy to get annoyed at him for staying in the closet despite his reasoning. When they are together, its good and their physical intimacy is intense and passionate.

I loved seeing the characters from the previous releases. They played important roles in this story but what was going on in their lives never overshadowed Max and Quint’s story. The sabotage aspect of the plotline is handled realistically, as is its aftermath. I for one am looking forward to the next release in this well crafted and plotted series.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Thanks, DM! We really enjoyed bringing all the characters together - lol, figuring out who could see the ghost and who couldn't, the personality clashes, etc.

Another installment? Hmm, we hadn't thought that far ahead. Ideas are always welcome for the Plot Bank, though!