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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A Heart's Desire by Kris Michaels

Book: A Heart’s Desire
Author: Kris Michaels
Genre: M/M FBI Romance

Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it. He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty.

Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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When Agent Steele McKenzie takes over the task force to find an escaped killer, Miller, he never thought he would lose his heart in the process of catching a killer. But the killer's last attempted murder victim, Liam Mercier brings out feelings in Steele he never thought he would have. Liam, however, is forced to relive the torture at the hands of Miller, knowing to catch the madman, he is going to have to face his worst nightmares all over again. He just hopes Steele has his back, unlike his last boss.

I love it when a book makes me slow down and READ! I skim, at the best of times, and consequently, sometimes I miss things. So when I am FORCED by a book to slow down and pay attention, I love it. And this book did just that.

It starts kinda slow, but builds really quickly, and then it flies! Its bloody and dark and so very twisted in places, but equally, it has love and for Liam, a light at the end of that 5 year tunnel that kept him locked in his own house. 

Steele is hit, almost immediately, by feelings for Liam he should not have, but neither can deny. Liam needs Steele and his strength, his warmth, because the man cannot ever get warm any more. He needs Steele to hold him up when he can feel himself being pulled deep down into the place he doesn't want to go. He needs Steele's love to see him through.. . . . well, to see him though. But also, Steele needs Liam, and not just to catch the killer. He needs Liam's mind. He really really needs Liam's soul to join with his. 

The physical relationship between Steele and Liam builds well, and is delivered on all levels. The case is also well built and is executed exceptionally well. You don't get it all, you get hints about it, teasers, just enough to keep you going. You KNOW  that Miller is doing the murders, and that Miller will come after Liam, its just a matter of time, and whether Steele can get there in time. 

Both Liam and Steele get a say and I loved that they did. We get Steele immediate reaction to Liam, and we get into Liam's minds at all the critical points along the way. It makes for difficult reading, what Liam suffered at the hands of Miller. Emotionally difficult and some readers may not like that we get it all. But I did. Even if it made me cringe.

OH! And Phil. Phil needs a mention! I loved that the cat was not at all taken with Steele in the beginning but after he brings Liam home, the cat loves Steele, mostly :-) 

I loved the other members of the team, and the role they all played in bringing Miller in. I wonder if this is the first in a series? Because there are at least TWO characters whose stories I need to read, so I really hope so! I will be reading them if there are!

I cannot, in all honesty, give this anything other than...

5 stars

**same worded review will appear on: Goodreads;;; Barnes and Noble; Kobo and BookLikes**

* I received this book from Bare Naked Words in return for a fair and honest review. *

Author Bio
Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor. A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. What an interesting romance story! Can't wait to read it!

  3. Great review! I can't wait to check this one out, thanks for sharing :)

  4. Oh sounds like a great read! Cant wait to follow Liam and see what all happens!