Book Reviews

Blood Pond by D.J. Manly at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-April-2019

Book Blurb

Ten years ago, August Greystone’s adolescent brother was brutally murdered and dumped in Blood Pond. And the one person he is sure can identify the killer is on the run...

Bruce Monkton can’t escape the horror of what he experienced the night his friend, Tommy Greystone, was slaughtered in front of his eyes. Although Bruce somehow survived the vicious attack, he is still fleeing from shadows, from the haunting memories and his own demons, so the last thing he wants is to come face-to-face with his greatest nightmare—the older brother of his dead boyhood crush, the man desperately seeking closure to his brother’s murder.

August has given up everything, including his career as a law enforcement officer, to locate Bruce because he’s sure the young man is the key to helping him find what he seeks. But can Bruce really aid August when it comes to locating the elusive killer, or will the answers to the mystery be buried forever at the bottom of Blood Pond?

First edition published by Silver Publishing, September 2010. 

Second edition published by Amber Allure, June 2014.


Book Review

Where do I even start with his one? It is an amazing book: the build of tension and the revelation of the mystery surrounding August's brother's death are extremely well done, the quality of the writing made it a joy to read, and the characters came to life for me as if they were real people.

August is just as much a haunted character as Bruce, the man he suspects of having information about his brother's death. Their interactions go from those of total strangers to being lovers, and back to distrust again. Both men are wounded and flawed, which made the entire story more real. Even the twist at the end, though it touched on the paranormal, wasn't too far out there for me to say: this could actually happen.

There is only one problem (well, it was for me): this is a horrific story. Blood-curdling, terrible and not for the faint-at-heart, don't-read-in-the-evening or when you're alone horror. It is not for nothing that this book has been on the All Romance top 10 list for thrillers for a few weeks now. Apparently, the people who know how to judge this genre of books appreciate its quality. Personally, I stay away from horror and thrillers because I get nightmares. A D.J. Manly though? Irresistible.

So, if you're a horror fan: you will love this book. And even if you're not: as long as you read it during daylight hours you should be fine. I think...





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 139 pages/43833 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-April-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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