By Degrees #2
M/M Contemporary Suspense
Dreamspinner Press | May 22, 2015
I’m so glad I stuck with this series! As I said in my review of the first book, Six Degrees of Lust, the series start was rocky. I never thought that I would get comfortable with all the different points of view. The character changes felt uncomfortable, and every time the perspective changed I felt yanked away from what I really loved, which was Sam and Mac. The mystery in the story also didn’t hook me right away, so while I was invested in the series by the end, I wasn’t invested in the ‘whodunit’.
I’m happy to report that the second book has chained my feet to the floor, and it’s holding me hostage. Not only has Mac and Sam’s relationship ramped up, with a momentum that only gets better, but I’m actually caring about that creepy serial killer, and how does this person know Chris! I want to know who it is, and so far I feel good and stumped. Not to pat myself on the back, but I feel like that’s kind of monumental. I’m pretty good at anticipating the end of a book and I couldn’t lock this one down.
I also have started feeling really protective of all the characters in the By Degrees world. While a part of me does wish that we got full books about Remy and Chris, or Logan and Erik, I’m still excited to read their worlds come together. I even love Nick and Sasha, and their developing friendship. What started off as a big jumble of people slowly worked itself out into a full bodied world full of people that I’ve grown to love. (There are even parts of the story that remind me slightly of Queer as Folk, in the best of ways.)
The only character that hasn’t shown any growth is Gabi… I’m hopeful that she’ll wake the eff up in the next book.
Finally, Mac and Sam. They are the epitome of why slow and steady wins the race. Nothing’s rushed, they’re taking their time in the most beautiful way. They are why I will always choose the slow burn over the rushed romance any day. Super sexy! In the climax I was actually begging Sam and Mac, verbally to my kindle, trying to appeal to them even though they aren’t real. Clearly they felt real.
I’m so happy with this series. Not that she’s worried about me, but Taylor V Donovan’s completely won me over. I’m a fan.
By Degrees is addictive! I’m so glad stuck along for the ride!
Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing a free copy of Six Degrees of Separation in exchange for an honest review.