Author: Lee Hayes
Genre: Erotic Fiction, Thriller
Length: Novel (292pgs) 2 Novellas
Publisher: Strebor Books (7th June 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Some people can make being bad seem so very good. Lee Hayes, the critically acclaimed author of Passion Marks, A Deeper Blue: Passion Marks 2, and The Messiah, returns with a delightfully wicked spin on what constitutes a “bad seed.”
The wildly entertaining duo of novellas are sure to intrigue and titillate readers with their exploration of risqué themes. “I Guess that’s Why They Call It the Blues” is about a cosmetically beautiful but emotionally damaged young man who marries a wealthy older man to go from rags to riches. After beginning an illicit affair with his husband’s attorney, he decides that he would rather enjoy the amenities of limitless money minus the husband. He will stop at nothing to see his husband six feet under so that he can dance on his grave, toasting with expensive champagne. In “Crazy in Love,” a hyper-sexual seventeen-year-old high school boy develops a fatalistic crush on his reclusive high school English teacher. When the teacher rebuffs the boy’s advances, all hell breaks loose—and the upstanding teacher’s life is put on the line. Hell hath no fury…
Review: I have got to say that I am glad that I have had the opportunity to review this incredible duo of Novellas. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues and Crazy in Love are not romances they are gritty reads and will have you biting your nails as you approach the end of each one.
In I Guess that’s Why They Call It the Blues we meet Blues Carmichael who has crawled his way up to the top and is determined to stay there. He won’t let a little thing like his husband, his husband’s daughter or his own affairs knock him from his spot. He will do anything and everything to stay there.
In Crazy in Love we meet Brandon Heart, a young man who develops an obsession for his English teacher Cross Jones. He plans his seduction carefully and nothing and no one will stand in his way. He will do anything to have him including getting rid of those who get in the way.
I won’t go into too much detail about these two stories as they really do need to be read as they are so much more than the usually books that you get in the M/M genre. These are two beautifully written stories that will keep you gripped from beginning to end. Blues and Brandon are both bad, bad men, one was made that way, the other born that way… but both seem to revel in it. The storyline in each novella is strong, the plot brilliant and each one will draw you in and keep you there. Lee Hayes is a fantastic story-teller who knows how to weave a tale that will keep you reading.
I will recommend this to everyone who wants a more gripping story that has danger, plotting, murder, twists and turns and a really cool epilogue that I never saw coming.