Max, by Bey Deckard

Max, by Bey Deckard
Max, by Bey Deckard

Rating: 5 stars

BLURB

Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.

As Max weaves himself into Crane’s life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.

When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?

CONTENT NOTIFICATION/DISCLAIMER

This work contains certain potential triggers including, but not limited to: mental health issues, substance abuse, sociopath/psychopath tendencies, violence, patient/therapist confidentiality issues, infidelity, extreme sexual acts between consenting adults, fatal attraction, manipulation, torture, murder.

Max

When I saw that Bey Deckard had a new work out I giddily started to read it, not sure in which direction he was going with this, what with his previous works of Better The Devil You Know, and Sarge, and Murphy, and all of his other brilliant works, in my humble opinion, I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but it definitely wasn’t going to be a ‘palate cleanser’ book. No, I would need a palate cleanser after reading Max.

Max, for me personally, took me down the rabbit hole, figuratively, literally, and mentally. This book had so many triggers for me and it was so incredibly intense that I found myself reading it in bits, whilst alternating with two other books and an audiobook, just so I could get back into this work and do it the justice it truly deserves. This is brilliant writing, no two ways about it. Intense, twisted, depraved, and oh so brilliant! What a spectacular finish. I most definitely did not see that coming. Bravo, Mr. Deckard!

THE CHARACTERS

Max:

“The last tic in Max’s cycle showed itself as he scratched at the back of his neck and then lifted the peak of his battered old army cap high enough to show his squashed brown curls beneath it. Crane made another small dash in his notebook, feeling like he’d accomplished something by discovering the repetitive pattern of Max’s nervous tics. …

Reaching for the doorknob, Max threw a look over his shoulder. “I’ll do them all in reverse next week, just for fun,” he said with a wink. Then he was gone. Crane looked down at the page where he’d been keeping track of Max’s tics. He slowly tore it out of his notebook, crumpled it up, and threw it in the garbage. Looking out at the bright sun, he was struck with the urge to cancel his next appointment and bike home…”

Manipulative, handsome, highly intelligent Max is the personification of the textbook example of an extreme psychopath.

With a wealthy, connected stepfather and his enabling mother Max really has no wants in life. His only want seems to be how to get his next ‘kick’, regardless of who, or what, he destroys in the process. Sure, why not? It’s all part of life’s big game.

Dr. Dennis ‘Doc’ Crane:

“…you told me watching Silence of the Lambs was what inspired you. You told me that darkness and depravity drew you like a moth to a flame. You said you wanted to study evil and see if it held up to your expectations. Do you remember that?”…

“…Are you afraid of me, Dennis? You shouldn’t be. I’m trying my very best to make you understand that I like you. And I’m offering you the very thing you desire the most: me. You know I’m a fine specimen of amorality. I’m giving you the opportunity to look behind the curtain. No holding back.”

Dr. Crane, handsome Anglo-Canadian Dennis Crane, moves to Montreal upon graduating from university with his wife, Mary, who is a successful nurse on her own and starts working at a mental health clinic when he meets Max, one of his very first patients.

Doc is literally drawn to Max as a moth to a flame, circling, circling, ever closer to the burning inferno that is Max.

THE STORY

Max is a psycho-thriller tour de force that grabbed me by the throat, squeezing ever so slowly, pressuring and constricting my throat in that tantalizingly slow way until I saw those wonderful pinpricks of light and felt that delicious surge of sweet darkness start to envelop me. This is masterful, brilliant writing that drew me in and I couldn’t let go.

Doc Crane is drawn down the rabbit hole by Max, just like he secretly wanted to, and is taken into Max’s depraved existence where people are mere objects of pleasure to be used and discarded at will after Max has satiated himself with his mental orgasm. What Max does to/with Doc Crane and the way it is written is nothing short of a psycho-thriller masterpiece.

If you’re looking for a powerful, masterful, dark and twisted read then congratulations. It really doesn’t get much better than this. Few authors can evoke this level emotions and passions – and not necessarily ‘sexual’ passions, either.

THE WRITING

I have but one word to say about the writing: flawless. The editing? Magnificent.

I don’t give many five star ratings and this is most definitely one of them. The characters are so well developed it’s incredible. Max took some serious research. Either that or there’s something about Mr. Deckard that we don’t know. Possibly both.

Max is the epitome of a psychopath/sociopath/user/enabler/abuser and Doc Crane is the embodiment of someone who is so completely drawn in he tells himself that he doesn’t realize where it’s all going, yet deep down inside he really does know. He feels it. Every. Single. Time. Yet, like the addict that he is, he keeps on for more.

The ending of this book is simply, deliciously spectacular. I didn’t see it coming to this ending. Brilliant. Taka a bow, Mr. Deckard.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Bey Deckard with providing OJ He Say! with a free advance review copy of his work in exchange for my honest opinion.

THE AUTHOR

Artist, Writer, Dog Lover.

Born and raised in a small coastal town in northern Québec, Bey spent his early summers on his uncle’s boat and running wild on the beaches of the surrounding islands, lighting fires and building huts out of driftwood and fishermen’s nets. As an adult, he eventually made his way to university and earned a degree in Art History with a strong focus on Anthropology. Primarily a portrait painter and graphic artist, Bey sat down one day and decided to write about the two things that he felt most passionate about: sex and the sea. Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montréal with his best buddy, a spotty pit bull named Murphy.

MAX, THE SOUNDTRACK:

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Copyright © 2016 Bey Deckard
Published by Bey Deckard
Edited by Men in Ink
Cover design by Bey Deckard

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Exclusive #Excerpt: The Bucket List by Tricia Owens @juxtaposefantsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bucket List
By Tricia Owens

M/M Contemporary Romance
Book one of LoLLA series, but each are standalones

High heat level

33k words

BLURB

When Quinn nearly dies in a skydiving incident, his life flashes before his eyes…and it’s pretty boring. Though he’s moved to Las Vegas to rebel against his strict Mormon upbringing, he still hasn’t done much to liven up his life. He’s far too comfortable with his boring routine. After the accident, however, he vows to change this. He draws up a bucket list with all the best intentions, yet somehow nothing changes. Quinn worries that he really is a dud, until a gorgeous man walks up to him and suggests an indecent proposal.

Gabriel has had a lot of sex. He’s fantastic at it and he’s good-looking, so he never lacks for people willing to jump into bed with him. But after a rough break-up, he’s determined to make hooking up a secondary priority. It’s too bad that when he first sees Quinn and his heart goes pitter-patter, Gabriel’s first instinct is to make a bet with Quinn involving sex.

With one spin of the roulette wheel, Gabriel and Quinn embark on a series of sexually adventurous dares, each more exciting than the last. But what happens when one of them pushes for something more? LoLLA books are standalone novellas with lots of love/sex, low angst, and a Happily Ever After ending for a quick dose of happiness.

EXCERPT

“What’s the big deal, Quinn?” Gabriel was watching him intently, in a way no one had ever watched him. Like a wolf would, maybe. “There are thirty-eight numbers. What’s the chance you’ll hit mine? Live a little.”
Quinn didn’t like that Gabriel had automatically assumed he was gay. Quinn played it pretty straight out of a lifelong habit of concealing himself. It bothered him that this stranger had read him with ease.
But that’s just smoke and mirrors. What you’re really afraid of is finally doing something to spice up your life. When did you become such a chickenshit? When did you decide that this was the best your life could be?
“It wouldn’t be so bad to lose,” Gabriel continued. The corner of his mouth curled. “You’ve been staring at me since I walked up. I know it’s not me you have a problem with.”
Quinn felt heat in his cheeks, but told himself he was flushed from anger. Gabriel might be the most attractive man that Quinn had ever seen, but that didn’t mean he would automatically fall all over the guy. Quinn had too much practice controlling and suppressing his urges.
And that’s the problem, genius.
“You’re not afraid you’ll lose, are you?” Gabriel pressed, as insistent as a terrier. Quinn recognized that under different circumstances his persistence would have been sexy, but at the moment, Quinn only found Gabriel annoying.
He thought furiously. Thirty-eight to one were bad odds, especially when Quinn had the ability to pick and choose which number he did—or didn’t—hit. He relaxed slightly as he realized he could choose how this story ended.
But isn’t this about living a little? Isn’t this about having a story to recall the next time you’re falling out of the sky?
He reached into the wheel well for the ball.
“Agree to the bet before you spin it.”
Quinn didn’t bother hiding his glare at the order. Gabriel merely continued smiling. “Be a good sport, Quinn. You’ve got nothing to lose.”
Nothing to lose but the status quo which was safe. Which would have kept him away from a failing parachute.
After another glance at his supervisor, Quinn finally said, “Fine. It’s a bet.”

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Tricia writes m/m romance, ménage, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. An avid traveler, she has visited over 80 countries and now makes her home in Las Vegas.
Bucket List page on author’s website: The Bucket List
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The Jewel of Colorado, by Jason Collins

The Jewel of Colorado
The Jewel of Colorado

Rating: 3.5 stars

BLURB

When Evan Carlson hears that a member of the elusive Sanders family is visiting his bank to have the most valuable diamond in Colorado appraised, he assumes that he won’t be allowed anywhere near the jewel. But when Jacob Sanders arrives, he specifically requests that Evan be present for the secretive meeting, and Evan tries his best to keep his composure around the strikingly handsome man. Jacob comes across as a friendly, assertive guy who is unaffected by his wealth, and Evan feels an immediate attraction.

Invited to visit the Sanders Ranch, Evan discovers a family who cares deeply for each other despite their attempts to keep some of their darker secrets hidden. When one of those unwanted secrets appears out of the blue, Evan and Jacob are thrown together and forced to deal with the chaos. As the two men begin to explore their feelings, they must deal with the realization that the precious jewel has gone missing.

Trying his best to comfort Jacob, Evan agrees to help search for the missing stone or the person who might have stolen it. With fingers being pointed in all directions, Evan tries to keep himself off the list of suspects as he moves forward cautiously. Hoping to save their relationship, Evan joins in the hunt for Colorado’s most infamous jewel.

The Jewel of Colorado

This book called out to me as soon as I read the blurb for it. I mean, cowboys, jewels, Colorado and hot men? What’s not to like!

What I found was a great, fun, interesting whodunit that I can wholeheartedly recommend. Great reading here.

THE CHARACTERS

Evan Carlson:

“Just tell me this, Evan: are you looking forward to coming back tonight?”

Evan paused before answering, as he wanted to make Jacob sweat it out a little. He had never really played hard to get before, but something about being pursued was making him excited. He liked knowing that someone was genuinely interested in him, and he wanted to milk the feeling for all it was worth.

“Evan?” Jacob asked again.

Evan sighed with a smile as he finally replied, “You know I am.””

Evan Carlson has been working at Telluride’s First National Bank for years now, under the thumb of his oppressive boss, Mr. Phillips, and he has been wanting and working towards a promotion with the bank when he meets the handsome Jacob Sanders, heir to the Sanders fortune and the famous Blue Moon diamond that is kept at First National’s safe.

Jacob Sanders:

“Jacob was one of the most handsome men he had seen in ages. He was tall with dark brown hair, and a classic look that seemed effortless. He was dressed conservatively in jeans and boots, and he looked as though he had just spent a carefree day at the ranch.”

Jacob Sanders, a banker in his own right, returns home to Telluride to take care of his grandfather, the patriarch of the Sanders fortune and 5,000 acre ranch at the foothills of the Rockies when he goes to Telluride’s First National Bank to have the famous Blue Moon diamond re-appraised. He decides to take the diamond home for his grandfather, hoping to lift his spirits up, when he meets the alluring Evan Carlson. Unbeknownst to Jacob, this would trigger a maddening series of events.

THE STORY

The Jewel of Colorado is a fun, creative, and entertaining contemporary cowboy whodunit.

Evan’s been working at First National for years when he meets the handsome Jacob who takes him to his grandfather’s ranch at the foothills of the Rockies. Jacob also takes the Blue Moon diamond with him to cheer his grandfather up while he is recuperating from a broken arm.

While Evan and Jacob are getting to know each other Jacob’s estranged step mother, Lucy, comes back home. Jacob’s grandfather, James, has been trying to divorce Lucy for years to no avail and now Lucy decides to come home. Not only is Lucy back home, but Jacob’s sister, Ella, has come home as well to be with Jacob and her grandfather. That same night the Blue Moon goes missing. The result is a fun whodunit that keeps you on your toes throughout.

THE WRITING

Jason Collins puts forth a good, solid story, albeit a little slow at the very beginning but then the story picks up a good steady, interesting pace. The characters seem well developed for the story, not overdone. The one thing I would have loved to see is where are Jacob’s and Ella’s parents? It seems as if that piece of information is never given. Did they perish in a horrible airplane accident whilst traveling in Nepal? Hmmm… Otherwise this is a really enjoyable book.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Jason Collins with providing OJ He Say! with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

THE AUTHOR

Hello everyone, I’m Jason Collins. I’m a writer from the South, but I’ve been living in New York for quite a while, so I’ve started calling myself a “southern New Yorker”. There’s nothing I love more than a hot cup of coffee and a good story, so I try to do most of my writing when I have a fresh pot available. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.

Copyright © 2016 by Jason Collins
All rights reserved.
Cover Design by Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art

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