Torn and Frayed
(Another Gabriel Church Tale)
Gabriel Church returns in Torn and Frayed, the sequel to the acclaimed Rubble and the Wreckage, by Rodd Clark.
Book Details: Novel
Genre: LGBT Erotic Thriller
What people are saying about Rubble and the Wreckage – Book 1 in the Gabriel Church Tales . . .
Can you trust a serial killer that has no remorse? That bathes in manipulation? I am not going to tell you if Christian trusts, believes, or falls for any of it but I will tell you it’s a drug for those who crave a dark twist in their daily reads. It’s hot between these two. It’s also suspenseful and nerve wracking. Venture outside your comfort zone for this book.
I don’t give away spoilers, but I will say that this book pulls no punches, makes no apologies, and basically kicks ass and takes names! Grab it if you want a mind-bending, sexy read that will leave you wanting book two . . .!
Bike Book Reviews
A psychological thriller, this book was a page-turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend Rubble and Wreckage.
Joyfully Jay Reviews
This is a wonderful book for the person who likes stories that offer in depth character studies of flawed people. Both men are very complicated and probably equally fragmented except on opposite sides of the law. Rubble and the Wreckage is a sizzling read. Nothing is what it seems; nor is it so simplistic as a killer grooming a writer to be a patsy for murder like a predictable TV movie.
Love Bytes Reviews
Rodd is an amazing narrator and manages to weave a thrilling and intriguing tale of sex, lust, love, mystery and danger.
Bayou Book Reviews
Cars weaved dangerously onto onramps as everyone was frantically trying to make it to offices, day jobs, or the nearest shopping malls. Everyone was out to make a living, but for him life was different. In the burbs, Gabe made a living with a towel and a pair of shorts. Stopping in at motel pools, appearing like any other guest out for a swim. His true intention was spying for purses sitting open by the women tanning themselves on chaise lounges.
Gabriel wasn’t vain, but he knew what catnip a strong physique could be for a lonely female traveler, and he knew how to work the tourist trade even better than the brown-skinned boys from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. But it was more than loose change he’d be begging for. Motel pools were ideal because husbands rarely swam with their families, but mothers knew the importance of getting screaming children out of tiny motel rooms and into pools. It meant they could sit in quiet solitude, possibly reading and tanning their alabaster skins as urchins on sugar highs splashed and frolicked at their feet.
It was the perfect savanna for hunting when you had a build like Gabriel’s. And if his target was a lone single woman, he often used his skills to get her to draw him to her room for sweaty sex between the sheets. Purses and pocket books were easy, and when they weren’t available, there were pool games for money and poker with betting. He considered his petty theft something few would miss, and his efforts enabled him to stay off the grid and under anyone’s radar. He’d never been arrested or ticketed for any of his minor crimes for cash because he was that good. A tempting smile went a long way for him, and he could be charming and self-effacing whenever he needed. Christian had chuckled and called him whore when he’d explained how he maintained his existence back in Washington. Remembering that incident brought a faint grin to his face, and he found pleasure that the writer hadn’t judged him harshly, as others might’ve.
“You do what you have to if you want to survive, little buddy.” Church had offered over Christian’s raucous laughter. It had been one of the first times they’d discussed his manner of survival or money during one of their many frequent interviews in the Mayflower. He had to admit they’d been a little drunk by then after Maxwell had purchased a bottle of premium bourbon and carried it back to their suite as entertainment and distraction. They were inebriated more often than he cared to admit, but it was a necessary evil when Christian was asking him to reveal his deepest, darkest secrets. The only way he could get to the impervious truth was by laced libation and longing looks of sympathy and interest. One of Gabe’s fondest memories came from them sitting on the sofa in the spacious suite at the Mayflower in their underwear, close enough that their knees were touching. They were already high on bourbon and colas, and they laughed and joked well into the night. It was something Gabriel had never experienced before, as unfathomable as that might have sounded.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***4.5 Stars
After Christian's feelings for Gabe become too serious, he does something that puts them both at risk. Gabe is left to clean up the mess with a murder. Gabe has to take care of a witness that Christian created in a state of jealousy. Gabe is now traveling across the U.S., but still can't get Chris out of his mind. As much as Gabe would like to deny it, when it comes to Chris he has fallen in love. Not that he'll ever admit that, but his actions show it.
This definitely isn't your mushy romance, but it's as sweet as a serial killer can be I guess. While I loved the storyline and enjoyed visiting these characters again, I wish the author's writing wasn't too "wordy". I find, as I did in book one, that things are explained to the finest detail, and it makes for a tedious read. I found myself wanting to skim ahead and get to the action. I'm not removing any stars for this, because it's just me. Some people love extremely detailed reads, I don't.
All in all this was an enjoyable read. It had a little bit of romance and it made me want to root for Gabe and Chris to get away with murder. So in that respect, Rodd accomplished something astounding. The story is well thought out and well written. Highly recommended!!
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About the Author
Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks of Oklahoma. Check out his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many books. It has been written that his writing has a very dark and distinctive voice with a need for deep exploration and analysis. “Torn and Frayed” is the sequel to his popular romantic thriller, "Rubble and the Wreckage." The third chapter of the series should be released later in the year and give readers a chance to see how their wicked story is resolved.
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