Told in alternating POVs of both main characters
Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.
Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.
A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.
“My rating is 4.5 Stars! “Drawn In” was my first novel by Barbara Eldsborg. Wow! I loved this book! I did not know what to expect. I read the blurb, I read the reviews and I still wasn’t prepared for the roller coaster ride of emotion I went on. The two main characters each have something despairing going on in their separate lives. Kell is an undercover cop working as a security guard in a gay nightclub. The hell he went through while working this undercover job was horrific. Honestly I don’t know how he got through it each day. Kell was a strong character despite the things he’s going through in his life. Seriously the first pages in the book broke my heart.
Gethin is currently a Private Investigator. A job he hates. He also has something dark going on in his life. His story was not the same as Kell’s however it was no less heartbreaking. To be honest I didn’t know how his part of the story would end up in an HEA. I want to say it was complicated but it was way more than that.
So despite how horrible their separate lives were, when they were together it was amazing. They were intensely attracted to each other but both cautious about keeping it casual. There was just no way their lives could entwine and it be a good thing. Eventuality their jobs as a Private investigator and an undercover cop collided. And holy crap! I was freaking out with the deadly drama they got involved in. There was so much angst and drama going on between their professional lives AND private lives I worried how this would end. I wanted these two men to find love and a future together. They deserved it so much with all they had endured in their lives.
Yes this novel is a romance but I wouldn’t call it romantic. It was drama, angst, and suspense with some other pretty nasty things added to the mix. But overall I really enjoyed it. It was well written. There were a few wonderful secondary characters as well. There were most definitely despicable ones too. The ending was a bit rushed for me though. There were a couple of the seedy characters that we know will get their comeuppance, however they were so utterly despicable, that I wanted them to suffer on the pages so I could read about it. Yeah, I’m bad, I know. But when you read this amazing story, you’ll understand why.
An intense but satisfying novel. It was sexy and sad and I am glad I got to read it.
*I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review*