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Minders, Book 1

Monster is an interesting novella about perceptions and how they can be twisted around until what is real and what isn't is wholly subjective. Josh and Kir are a study in opposites. Josh is sure of himself, Kir is supposed to be more worldly and cold-blooded than he seems. Due to Kir's abilities as well as what he sees of the agency's men, Josh isn't entirely sure he can trust anyone - including himself. Well-written, with a few twists and turns along the way, but it leaves me unsure of how to take the characters and theme as of yet. Do look forward to reading the next installment.

Kir Brunner has psi abilities that a certain agency would like back under its control. Josh Mackay is a freelancer who is hired to bring Kir in. However, Josh starts questioning his employer's motives, even as Kir uses his abilities on Josh. Is Kir really as cold as he is portrayed? Can Josh trust what he "knows" after he helps Kir escape?

Part one of a three-part story that is best read as part of the whole rather than as a stand alone.

Book Blurb for Monster

True love…or a trap?

Josh Mackay has studied his quarry for two months, and now it’s time to earn his pay. Bringing in an escaped Minder—a psi who can bend anyone’s mind to his will—takes a specialist.

Luring the surprisingly naïve Kiran Brunner to a safe house is almost too easy. As the tranqs take hold, though, the beautiful monster’s last plea, don’t let them hurt me, tears at Josh’s conscience. To his horror, they do just that.

Kir let his loneliness and instant attraction to Josh lure him into a trap he should have sensed. Even as his consciousness fades, he sinks psychic hooks into Josh as a pure reflex, a survival instinct honed by years of abuse at the hands of the agency.

Even though Josh’s job is done, he finds he can’t simply walk away. Not only because of what Kir is, but why the agency wants the boy back. Trouble is, he doesn’t know if he’s doing the right thing…or if his will is being twisted by the mind of a murderer.

Warning: This emotional, angst-ridden story is part one of a three-part story and ends in a cliffhanger. The author recommends they be read in order for maximum enjoyment of mind-bending m/m sex.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 3.50