Title: Sights and Sinners
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #2
Release Date: February 23rd 2015
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Contemporary Paranormal Romance
THE MEN OF LONDON
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.
When I read Love You Senseless, the first book in Susan Mac Nicol’s Men of London series, Taylor was the one character who perplexed me. Although Susan Mac Nicol has previously written paranormal novels, I found the inclusion of a psychic within a contemporary romance, a little peculiar. However, in Sights and Sinners, Susan Mac Nicol gives Taylor the time and space to come alive and we learn to love his idiosyncrasies.
Susan Mac Nicol gives her readers just enough references to Love You Senseless, that we connect the stories, but not enough that new readers will feel alienated. The fabulous Leslie, the flame-haired Eddie and the sexy Gideon appear in several scenes, mainly protecting their best friend’s heart, but I love the fact that Susan Mac Nicol develops the personalities of these three men a little more.
Whilst Draven is cynical and honestly a little bit of a player, Taylor is introverted and avoids even short-term relationships. The night they meet in Galileo’s, Taylor’s attraction towards Draven is met with loathing from the private investigator until Taylor is reminded of the case they worked on together and passes out from the memories.
Draven assumes that Taylor is a charlatan because he uses his psychic ability to help the police, without realising the toll this ‘gift’ takes on the young man.
Following the death of a mutual friend and Draven’s realisation that Taylor’s ‘talent’ is not a game, the pair finally act upon their mutual desire. The atmosphere of the story changes when Taylor and Draven are together and their response to each other is almost tangible. Yet, Susan Mac Nicol ensures that her reader understands how each man is affected by external events and often their passion is reflected in their temper.
Sights and Sinners is not without its moving and heart-breaking moments which left me a sobbing and snotty wreck, but Susan Mac Nicol handles this with her usual eloquence and sensitivity.
Sights and Sinners is a story told with such emotion and skill, that it is close to taking the crown of my favourite Susan Mac Nicol book, Saving Alexander. I am now bouncing in my seat like an excited 4 year old on Christmas morning, waiting for Leslie’s story!
(yes, that’s 6!!!!)
About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
<She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.