Monday, January 5, 2015

Investigating Love Series by LM Somerton: Excerpt Tour & #Giveaway @lmsomerton

Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Investigating Love
by L.M. Somerton

Genres: Contemporary, M/M, BDSM, Romance, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Being thrown together in extreme circumstances is not the best foundation for a relationship. Alex and Conor must juggle the demands of their jobs as police detectives with their personal lives. With Alex as demanding in the bedroom as he is at work, will Conor be able to accept that submission is not weakness. Finding out will be the most important investigation of their lives.

Rasputin’s Kiss (Book 1)
What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife?

Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost—killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again.

When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger.

Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out. 

Evil’s Embrace (Book 2)
Never underestimate the power of obsession.

After the trauma of the Rasputin case, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his boyfriend, Detective Constable Conor Trethuan, are in desperate need of a holiday.

The peace and tranquillity of Cornwall can’t eradicate Conor’s nightmares, though, and the unbearable prospect of losing Alex drives him to confess feelings that he isn’t sure are reciprocated. Alex responds in the best way he knows how—by issuing orders and claiming Conor’s body as well as his heart. 

Prematurely recalled to work, they are thrown into a dangerous trafficking case focused on a leather bar with a hardcore reputation, Spikes. Conor is sent in undercover, not knowing that he is only a decoy. When Alex learns that the motivation behind his team’s involvement in the case might not be as straightforward as it seems, he realises that his actions might jeopardise not just their relationship, but Conor’s life, too. A shadowy figure from Conor’s past is about to step into the light.

Tarot’s Touch (Book 3)
Can truth be found in the cards?

DI Alex Courtney and his lover, DC Conor Trethuan are under enormous pressure as their team investigates an arson case and a murder.

It soon becomes apparent that the two cases are linked and the race is on to find a vicious killer. A tarot card is left with the first victim and the detectives are left to interpret the clues it provides. When Conor receives a note from the killer making reference to another card, the whole team is shaken. Their worst fears are realised when a second body is discovered, along with another tarot card.

Conor suspects he has been followed, then a hit and run leaves him injured. Alex wants nothing more than to wrap his lover up in cotton wool and protect him from the world. But is Conor the killer’s target or just a pawn in a much more sinister game? As the clues come together it seems that the motive for murder might be revenge.
From Rasputin’s Kiss

“Conor, why do you think I recruited you to this team?”

A slight, sardonic smile played across Conor’s face, but didn’t reach his eyes. He looked directly at Alex, and hesitated just for a moment before he spoke with certainty. “I would like to say it’s because I’m a good detective, but I imagine it’s got more to do with the way I look.”

Alex managed not to groan out loud. “How did you know? Did Sergeant Higgs tell you?” Alex really hoped that Conor did not have the kind of ego that bruised easily.

Conor shrugged. “No, sir, nobody said anything specific. But I’m not blind—I’ve been in the incident room all day, looking at pictures of the victims, all of whom are young, tall and dark-haired. And for a bunch of married blokes, my new colleagues spent a worrying amount of time looking at me—and none of them seemed like closet cases.”

“Drop the ‘sir’,” Alex snapped, feeling vaguely annoyed that Conor was so astute. “Your intuition serves you well. You’re partly right, the way you look is important, but I need your professional skills as well. I want you to play a part for a while, an important one, so I hope you’re a bloody convincing actor as well as a good detective.”

“I don’t understand. I guessed you’d use me as bait.” Conor gave Alex a curious look.

Alex tapped his fingers on his thigh. “Well, that is the idea, just not quite the whole story. We need to be a bit cleverer than just putting you out there undercover. All the murder victims were in steady relationships. It’s one of very few common factors linking them. To some degree they were all into the BDSM scene—either in Dom/sub relationships or just playing the clubs. That’s not a strong link, because only one couple were fully immersed in the lifestyle. The others played around the edges to an extent. We need a tempting new couple to entice our killer out into the open, so you, Conor, are going to become my boyfriend.”

When Conor’s face paled Alex felt ridiculously disappointed and a little hurt. He didn’t give Conor a chance to speak. “You’ll move in with me tomorrow and to all outside appearances we become an item. Only the team will know the truth.”

“And do I get a choice?” Conor seemed to be pressing himself back in his seat, as if he could get farther away from Alex, but there was no escape.

“One day and already questioning my authority? I thought I made myself very clear. I give the orders. You obey them.” Alex glared, annoyed with himself more than Conor.

“I think this exceeds the call of duty, don’t you?” Conor sounded calm rather than petulant, just stating the truth. “You want me to move out of my home, give up my life?”

Alex was pleased that Conor was prepared to fight his corner. “It is a little out of the ordinary.”

“A little! Bloody hell, that has to be this year’s biggest understatement.”
L M lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

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