Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: A Heart’s Desire
AUTHOR: Kris Michaels
PUBLISHER: Troll River Publications
LENGTH: 188 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 21st, 2016
Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it.
He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty.
Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.
Considering how sick and twisted the killer was, the serial killer plot, the intense man hunt, and how damaged Liam turned out to be this was quite frankly a very sweet love story. I love survivor stories. Stories about people who live through hell and come out the other side stronger, even if they don’t know it; this is one of those types of stories.
A quick overview, Steele (a super dreamy, hero-like name) is the lead agent of an FBI team assigned to hunt down and capture a serial killer who stalks, rapes, tortures, then kills gay men.
Liam is a victim of the serial killer. Having been the only one to survive and escape alive, needless to say Liam bears the emotional and physical scars from his captivity. There’s a lot more to Liam story, he’s an ex-agent himself and once you read the book and figure out what all transpired, you’ll see why he was a victim in every sense of the word.
Steele needs Liam to help him find the killer. Reluctantly Liam agrees, so they team up and embark on a mission that is somewhat predicable. The serial killer is obsessed with Liam since he was the only one that lived to tell his secrets, and will stop at nothing to recapture him.
Needless to say Steele and Liam have an intense attraction almost from the very beginning which turns explosively hot and passionate. I wouldn’t say this is an instalove story but its close. There’s a deep connection between the two without a doubt.
This is an incredibly suspenseful story. But it’s also a sweet love story, like at mentioned at the beginning. I’m new to this other but I enjoyed the writing and I’m so excited to learn if there will a spinoff story involving Sam and Luc, I really want to read that one.
Overall, good read…recommend.