Duchene, Remmy. “Love Lies Bleeding”, Wilde City Press, 2014.
Anderson Williams is a professor of literature who arrives late for a regular Friday night father/son outing and he finds his father is no longer alive. At this moment he felt the earth swept from beneath his feet and his world collapse. His father had been beheaded and a Latin phrase was scribbled in blood on the wall. Anderson is angry as he grieves yet he also realizes that his own life can be in danger yet he does not went his father’s death to go uninvestigated. When he meets the New York Police Department’s officer, Leo Sung Kim, he was surprised at his reaction. In fact he has to stop himself from touching Leo so that he can work. But then someone breaks into Leo’s house and the two men are forced together.
Leo Sung Kim has been a cop his whole adult life but he really feels threatened by the serial killer whose case he has been assigned to. This is how Anderson and Leo came together—over the case. And just as Anderson is take with Leo, so is Leo taken with Anderson. Both men have to use restrain to keep the job professional. Leo also feels Anderson’s sympathy on the death of his father.
To make things even a bit more interesting we learn that Leo had been a friend of Anderson’s father so finding the murderer is a high priority for that reason not to mention the attraction he feels for Anderson. But then it seems that the killer is targeting both Leo and Anderson and this brings them even closer together.
If you like suspense this is a book for you and there is romance as well with both men coming together at a time of need. When Leo hits a blind spot in the investigation he becomes closer to Anderson and Anderson uses Leo as a way to deal with his grief over his father. At first Anderson cannot believe that Leo is interested in him and because of the nature of the crime, both men shield their hearts as best they can. Leo just wants to find the killer of his friend, he doesn’t want it to overcast the relationship he wants to have with Anderson, but his own feelings might just drive them apart.
Anderson and Leo deal with a lot as they tentatively begin a relationship and each is unsure of what the other really wants from them. Add that to the hunt for the killer and the fact that both men are targeted makes for suspenseful reading. There is just enough here that allows us to piece things together but it takes thought. That is my primary concern with today’s literature—if it makes us think it is usually a good read.