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Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

Zero at the Bone

Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

Published by: Dreamspinner Press on April 6, 2009
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Dr. Jack Francisco was just minding his own business in the parking garage when he stumbled upon a murder. He managed to hide and escape with his life, but as a witness to a crime connected to a notorious crime family he can’t just go home. And he finds himself placed into witness protection with a new identity and a new home.

D is a hit man, but he’s a hit man with a bit of a heart. He will only take a contract on someone who he feels deserves to be taken out. No innocent people. No cases where the client just wants someone out of the way for convenience. But he finds himself blackmailed into accepting a job to take out a witness in a murder trial.

When D comes face-to-face with Jack, however, he can’t go through with it. Despite the blackmail, there are some rules that he just cannot break. But he knows that by not carrying out the hit, both he and Jack are in danger. And so they set out on the run–from the people who want Jack dead and the people who want D to be the one to make it happen. And when they’re on the run with only each other to turn to, who knows what could happen…

I very much appreciate that this didn’t go right into a “I’m immediately in love with the man who saved my life” type of story, as that’s where I was worried it was headed when I started reading. The relationship develops over some time, and both men also spend some time dealing with how they feel about both themselves and each other. Overall, it probably runs just a tiny bit longer than I would have preferred, but the action-packed scenes around the climax of the story definitely make the build up worth the wait.

Bound to Him by Ava March

Bound to Him

Book Info

Title: Bound to Him (Bound, Book 2)
Author: Ava March
Published: April 28, 2009
Pages: 100
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★


Lord Vincent Prescot and Lord Oliver Marsden should be happy. Since they first connected in an intimate way six months ago, the heat hasn’t faded. And Vincent is doing rather well professionally, too. There’s one problem for Oliver, though. He doesn’t like the way Vincent ignores him in public. While he knows they can’t exactly scream their relationship from the rooftops, he doesn’t like the feeling that he’s being taken for granted. Oliver’s financial position pales in comparison to Vincent’s, and he is starting to feel more and more like he’s not just submitting to Vincent–it’s almost like Vincent sees him as inferior. And when Vincent’s father calls on him to marry a woman as part of his duty to the family, it looks like all hope of their relationship being saved. But since there was an unrequited want present between them for so long, can they really leave it all behind?

Such an interesting way to build from the first book. And I did enjoy getting to spend some time with Oliver and Vincent again–especially Oliver. The story is interesting, overall, and it certainly demonstrates many of the pressures that young men of status were under during the time period of the story.

I was slightly discomforted by some aspects of Oliver’s submissive behaviors. I felt very strongly like he was doing so because he felt he needed to do it to keep Vincent and not necessarily because he wanted to do it. The story resolves in a better place, but if this is something that might not sit well with you, just be warned before reading.