Book Reviews

Words by John Inman at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-June-2018

Book Blurb

The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.


But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.


What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.


Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?


Book Review

“Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks, 1848

Milo, of 'Words' by John Inman, sits in a bookstore signing, bemoaning his recent single state caused by a cheating boyfriend. No one seems interested in him or his books and he's getting discouraged. As he is about to give up for the day, a tall, handsome man comes into the shop. They begin a conversation and the man buys a copy of Milo's book and asks for an autograph which Milo gladly provides. The man introduces himself as “Book Hunter”, a famous reviewer, Logan Hunter.

After chatting for a while Logan offers to buy Milo lunch. Milo and Logan talk shop about the writing and reviewing business which Milo loves. Logan tells Milo that he's moving to his city from New York. Logan tells Milo that his lover, Jerry, died a year ago. He needs to make a new start; too many memories. Milo tells him about Bryce, his ex who was anything but faithful. After their sharing session, they go their separate ways, hoping to see each other again. They try to take it slowly but fail miserably. Soon, they want to be together all the time.

As Milo sits at the computer, he gets a message from a friend, Lillian, whose wife, Grace, has been murdered. Grace was a book reviewer and was very unpopular because of her negative reviews, in which she bordered on being cruel. Grace's death seems like a fluke, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, yet everyone speculates about why she was killed. When there's another murder in the reviewer community, the murders are taken more seriously. When the third murder takes place, the community panics. They want to know who the murderer is and they want them brought to justice.  

As horrific and graphic as the murders are, comparatively speaking, Milo and Logan's courtship is endearing and down-to-earth. They have both been hurt but weren't damaged beyond repair. They just needed the right person, at the right time, to achieve the happiness they deserved. I loved their banter, their passion, and, of course, their dogs. The mounting suspense created is brilliant and, even though the book hints that it's always the person whom you'd never suspect, in this instance, that rings true. John does such a good job of throwing out red herrings that I was completely surprised by the ending. Thanks, John, for all the thrills and chills and, especially, for supporting all of the good reviewers out there.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages/75450 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-June-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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