Gabriel By RK Staunton

release day review
Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gabriel-by-rk-staunton-8342-b

Blurb

Order of the Black Knights
Gabriel Ingram is running from his past. It’s common knowledge at the college where he teaches that he’s a former CIA technical analyst, but no one knows the things he really did—or about the rage and bloodlust that are his constant companions. He’s holding on to his normal life with both hands, but he knows someday he’ll lose his grip.
Lucas Craig is a social worker studying to become a family therapist. For reasons Lucas can’t understand, the normally reclusive Professor Ingram takes an interest in him, and Lucas secretly hopes their friendship might become more.
Then Eric, Lucas’s roommate, disappears. Lucas is frantic. The police are no help. With nowhere else to turn, Lucas begs Gabriel for his expertise.
What starts as a simple errand to help a friend becomes a journey into a violent world of gangs and human trafficking—one that will bring Gabriel face-to-face with the forces intent on stealing his soul. But Lucas might be the one who can save him—if Gabriel can get them out alive.

Review
I really loved this!

If you can imagine a CSI episode with a hot ex CIA agent and one of his students tracking down evil human traffickers and falling in love while doing it – that’s kind of how this book felt to me. And they’re both men so – BONUS!

Gabriel has this “evil” inside him – the curse that haunts all our MCs in this series – and it makes him turn into a killing machine at times. Because of this he deems himself “unlovable”. When Lucas asks for his help, the “goody goody social worker” is just too sweet for Gabriel to ever consider as someone he could be with.

But of course – nothing is as it seems – and our MCs find their way into each other’s arms – all the while finding clues that lead them to the bad guy.

The paranormal aspect of this series was played down more than in the last book I read – Jaeger – but it was still there and still satisfying.

The ending was a bit more abrupt than I’d hoped – I wanted to see these guys down the road a ways – but it was still sweet.

If I have any complaints it’s the POV shifts that landed me in the heads of too many people when I wanted their “stories” to be more of a mystery.

In any case, I really enjoyed this and think fans of the series will as well, but it’s also a great standalone for anyone interested in a crime solving story with a bit of a May/December romance to go along with it.

Highly Recommended
4.5 of 5 stars

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