Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Diamond: Double Cross

Title: Diamond: Double Cross
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-194-4
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Paranormal investigator Randy Hughes, along with his team members of the top-secret agency known as the Institute, is wrapping up a raid on a collector. Institute’s mission is to keep the malicious elements of the supernatural world under control. Among the artifacts confiscated is a diamond skull that predated modern magic. The skull is a complete mystery and becomes an obsession for Randy’s best friend. The search for answers leads Randy to Cain, the man who, twenty-four years ago, broke Randy’s heart.

Diamond: Double Cross has an exceptional plot of intriguing magical theories, in addition to methods on how the supernatural should be dealt with. Also interwoven into the plot are exquisite intimacy scenes. The main characters are believable. The secondary characters add interest, with a touch of humor.

Randy became a ward of the Institute after the death of his parents. While still in agent training, Randy ventures out to his first party, where he meets and falls in love with Cain. The trauma of being abandoned the morning after a night of making love causes Randy to give up on ever having a relationship. From then on, Randy chose to participate in one night stands only. Randy is required, against his better judgment, to cooperate with Cain. Randy’s intelligence is suspicious of Cain’s real motive, even as his heart surrenders to Cain’s amorous seduction. Cain is the consummate lover, extremely considerate of all of Randy’s desires. Cain exhibits his true love for Randy in every gaze. Both men have changed in a number of ways over the years apart, nevertheless the love between them persist. Winnie Jerome has created a captivating and exceedingly enjoyable saga. I get the impression, from the HEA ending, that there will be more of these fascinating characters in the future.

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