Friday, May 26, 2017

Two Tickets to Paradise by Karen Mercury

Title: Two Tickets To Paradise
Series: Hell's Delight Unbridled, 2
Author: Karen Mercury
Publisher: Siren- BookStrand
Genre and Pairing: MM, Contemporary
Word Count: 43,535
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Father Arlo Fleming has been transferred to Hell's Delight as punishment for breaking the church's unspoken rules. He loves working with the downtrodden, those living on the edge. But when Con Dawson asks him to the river to discuss opening a youth center, Arlo didn't expect to have half a body on his hands.

Medical examiner Dr. Lorenzo Hamerelli reluctantly teams up with Father Fleming, fully aware he's powerfully attracted to the salt-and-pepper older Scotsman. But Hammer has just been burned by a lover who denied his own nature. The last thing he needs is to fall in love with a priest.

Dom Arlo wants someone who will push back, give him a run for his money, and Hammer fights his inner urges with his last breath. Sparks fly when the obedient Hammer caves to his passion for the virile priest. They journey through the back alleys of Hell's Delight, running into pot farmers, moonshiners and ultimately, murderers.

Two Tickets to Paradise by author Karen Mercury is the second book in the Hell's Delight: Unbridled series. This is my first time reading Ms. Mercury's work. I really liked the murder mystery part of this story. The semi forbidden priest thing was good too. What I was not terribly keen on was the language. In erotic novels there is an expectation it will be graphic writing. That is not my issue. This one seemed just a little harsher than normal… Crasser perhaps is better word. I just found it less than romantic for me. Now does that mean I hated it, heck no. I can see where many readers would love this story. It is well written, has a great story arc, and there is a real heat to the connection the characters have. I just like my stories to lean more on the romantic side. I felt this one did not do that.
Arlo is a priest. He can marry, and he can have a relationship with a man. He has been transferred to Hell' Delight for breaking the church's unspoken rules. He likes to work with the poor. He is a rebel. I personally loved that about him. He doesn't wear his collar when he is off duty. He is good natured. He does things his way. I loved his sass. He loves being in control.
Hammer is a forensic expert. He doesn't like anyone messing with his crime scenes. He is attracted to the older Arlo. When the sassy priest starts helping him solve the newest murder, he finds he wants to submit to the sex man.
Hammer is a great match for Arlo. He is a true submissive but still is strong and has a mind of his own. Hammer does not need to be saved.
Over all a really well written book, great story line, and some real chemistry between the characters. There are some very hot sex scenes too that will keep you turning the pages. When you want your man love on the forbidden side I suggest picking up this story it is worth the read. 

                              Four Twinkling Stars  

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