Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Game of Schemes

Author: T.C. Blue
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-095-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Sully's been working for the grey-ops organization, the Farmingdale Gentleman's Club, for five years. He’s tired and ready to go on a psychiatrically ordered R and R when he’s pulled into what supposed to be a simple retrieval job. On arriving at his destination, it’s immediately clear nothing about the operation is as expected. He finds people from his past, lots of new enemies and a situation that isn’t what it appears. How will the game play out?

Castor hasn’t liked the actions of his older brother Ajax for several years and he’s been pretending to be a drunk to make him angry. Suddenly Sully, a boy from his past, now grown into a man, reappears and Castor doesn’t know what to think. It’s Sully but Castor finds the man’s frequent personality switches just as confusing as his feelings. He’s upset and unwilling to share his secrets with Sully, a man he thinks he can’t trust—a man he won’t see once they part company. Will they see each other again or not?

A Game of Schemes is the latest release in TC Blue’s The Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club series. To understand the organization and the recurring characters, I recommend reading the books in order.

There’s always a lot going on in the books in this series and A Game of Schemes is no different.  It has a complicated but smooth flowing plot, vivid descriptions, good personality development, lots of emotions, suspense and plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed learning about Sully’s and Castor’s history and what happened to separate them as kids. It’s done in snippets of info and integrated nicely into the plot. Secondary characters abound, Ajax being one of the most important—he’ a complete jerk—but he’s well done and meets the needs of his role in the story. And I can’t forget new character Steve, who I’m certain we’ll be seeing again in the future.

Now to Castor and Sully. Both these guys are intriguing as individuals but together they make a winning combination. I like them, their personalities and how they interact inside and outside the bedroom. Yes the sex is sizzling but the physical part of the story never overwhelms the game Sully is playing for the FGC. I appreciate the balance. The author really kept me guessing with their relationship and whether it would work out up until the end. I look forward to the next release.

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