12 April 2015

Sight and Sinners (Men of London #2) by Susan Mac Nicol


From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.


28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.


Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who've passed on. It’s why he doesn't get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.
I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book. Even though we just met Taylor in Love You Senseless, the first book in the Men of London series, I feel like I have been waiting forever for his story. But that’s the kind of characters Ms. Nicol creates – ones you are so fully invested in because you feel like you’ve always known them. Even knowing what Taylor’s visions looked like from the outside based on Eddie and Leslie’s descriptions in Love You Senseless, I was not prepared for how harrowing it would be when experiencing them from Taylor’s point of view in Sight and Sinners. Bloody heck were they intense and, at times, terrifying – and I was just the passenger. But there was something worse that Taylor had to deal with … Draven Samuels and his scorn.

Ms. Nicol does an excellent job of crafting a romance that is the epitome of the saying, “It’s a fine line between love and hate.” Because the men have met before and don’t recall it initially, it’s a serious case of lust at second sight when they encounter one another in Gideon’s restaurant. I suppose because of his occupation, Draven remembers their initial meeting first and his lust quickly turns to derision. I will admit that I was just as confused as Taylor was with the way Draven’s switch was flipped and it wasn’t until several scenes later that I realized exactly why he held Taylor’s gift in such disdain and while I understood it, knowing Taylor caused me to dislike Draven for quite a bit. When an unfortunate set of events occur that throw the men back into one another’s path – repeatedly – they finally air out their dirty laundry and their lust is unleashed. FINALLY!!! What an encounter that was. And thankfully they exuded that intensity every time.

Unfortunately, that intensity did not present itself well on Draven’s part when he felt threatened and Taylor bore the brunt of some rather vicious comments when Draven lashed out. While I was glad that Taylor understood where Draven was coming from and forgave him the first time, I was cheering him on when he stood up for himself the second time – even as my heart broke for him at the same time. Needless to say I was relieved when Draven finally got his head out of his arse and set about making amends with Taylor, especially when he had to call upon Taylor’s Rottweilers – Eddie and Leslie – to help him. Sight and Sinners was an amazing rollercoaster ride with plenty of laughs, heartache, heartbreak, loss, acceptance, friendship, sexy fun times, and love, but it was the final scene that gave me the best warm fuzzies I’ve had in a while. Thank you Ms. Nicol for another splendid read and I am already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series – which I really hope is Leslie’s but will be almost as happy if it’s Clay’s instead.


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