Book Reviews

Honeybone (Honeybone 1) by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-November-2017

Book Blurb

Murder, mayhem, hot man-love...and madness. It’s all in a day’s work for US Federal Marshal Dean Honeybone...

Honeybone is accompanying extradited child killer Richard Stance to Australia when their plane crashes off the northeast coast of the island continent. The only survivors of the packed flight are Honeybone and four-year-old Kaia Pendleton, whom Dean rescues during the crash. As Dean and Kaia recuperate in a Queensland hospital, questions swirl about what caused the accident...and what happened to Stance’s body, the only one not recovered from the wreckage.

Unable to return to work due to his injuries and plagued by raging headaches and violent nightmares, Honeybone must rest. Convinced that Stance survived and is free to kill again, he’s reluctant to take the gift of a week-long dream vacation at Wilson Island, a remote, luxury resort where only ten guests at a time are allowed to visit. Honeybone gives in, pondering the prospect of rekindling his relationship with Rongo Davis, an Australian Security Intelligence operative. But then he meets Jean-Luc Sebastien, a French chef, and discovers the possibility of a different sort of life.

Yet all the while, death and danger are as close as the next barrier reef...



NOTE: This book was previously released at Extasy Books in 2010 and at Amber Allure in 2013.


Book Review

This is an amazing book, one of those where the blurb doesn't really do the story enough justice. But then, I think that would be difficult because there are so many layers to this story that it's almost impossible to convey in a short summary.

What intrigued me most about this book was the delicate balance between "murder and mayhem" around the serial killer who finally got caught, Honeybone's grim determination/obsession about bringing him to justice, and the almost humorous tone of voice in places - which provides much-needed relief. I can see how this story will need more than one volume to play out. There is the question around the serial killer's survival, at least in Honeybone's mind, since the body was never found. There is Kaia, the girl Honeybone saved from dying when their plane crashed, whom he shares a special bond with. There is his ex-lover Rongo who seems to want to give their relationship another go. And then there's his new lover, the French chef Jean-Luc, who offers Dean a new kind of life that is less dark than chasing after murderers.

The settings and descriptions of the Australian backdrop were superb and the characters felt like people I know, they were so real. It will be fascinating to see how all of this will play out. Reading this story was like watching a multi-faceted diamond glitter in the sun. Every time I turned a page I discovered another way of looking at things. I totally loved it!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 105 pages/30174 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-November-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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