Saved

by Karrie Roman

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Detective Jack Mitchell is not a people person. After fourteen years dealing with the monsters of society, he has learned to keep people at arm’s length. Failing is his biggest frustration, and on the case of his career, he is having no luck hunting down a copycat serial killer…or the one man who survived the original case.

Six years ago, Will Blaikie was taken by a monster who changed his life forever. Narrowly surviving, he has become a prisoner in his own home. Friendless and alone, he watches in horror as a new monster emerges who only wants to copy the murderous deeds of Will’s monster…including taking Will.

When these two men are thrown together, and the monster comes for them both, one must learn to feel safe and protected, and the other must learn to feel love and peace.

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Book Info

Author: Karrie Roman

Release Date: April 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-945952-87-6

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: Romance

Genre: Contemporary

Theme: Crime

Word Count: 70000*

Pages: 179

Sex Content: Explicit

Pairing: MM

Orientation: Bisexual, Gay

Identity: Cisgender

*Novel

Excerpt

Saved
Karrie Roman © 2017
All Rights Reserved

 

Will Blaikie didn’t often watch the news. It wasn’t because he preferred to bury his head in the sand about the world. More often than not, he was just protecting himself. He knew very well what happened out there, and he didn’t often want to be reminded of it. He had one television in his house, a smallish thirty-four-inch flat screen that was mounted over his fireplace. It was rarely on other than for movies or, of course, for The Walking Dead.

Tonight Will needed the background noise though. So he had left the TV on after watching a repeat of last season’s final episode before the new Walking Dead season kicked off in a couple of weeks. He would proudly admit to being a diehard fan if anyone asked. He could hear the news broadcast begin from the kitchen where he was whipping up a quick stir-fry. There was no point in elaborate and complicated meals if you were only ever cooking for one. The breaking news item immediately caught his attention and left him cold.

Hesitantly making his way to the TV, he picked up the remote and rewound, wanting to have misheard. He hit play when the giant red breaking news banner crossed the screen. Will stood listening as a flawlessly presented, heavily made-up woman, who smiled entirely too much throughout her report, confirmed his worst fears.

Police have yet to confirm the discovery of a second body with the all-too-familiar cross carved into the chest. Having viewed the body found in a semirural field today, I can confirm that a cross was indeed carved into the deceased’s chest. An unnamed police source unofficially confirmed that this was the second body found bearing the cross. Sydney-siders will remember the Beecroft Butcher from six years ago when the city was paralysed with fear during the yearlong killing spree. Twelve men were killed before the killer, Russell Coburn, was finally—”

He only just made it to the bathroom before the entire contents of his stomach came up. Will draped himself over the toilet seat, heaving and sweating as he vomited into the bowl until nothing but bitter bile remained in him. He could still hear the low mumble from the television, but thankfully, no words were clearly audible. He’d heard enough—too much. His entire body shook, and he imagined his mind would look a picture of complete panic and chaos if he could peer inside it right now. He lay on the cool tiles, curling his body around the toilet bowl, unconvinced there would be no more vomiting. He felt a wet nose snuffle against his arm and reached back to give a reassuring pat to Henley. The furry dog took up his position, laying himself practically on top of his master. Protecting him as always, not just from physical harm, but from the mental hurt Will was now threatened with.

An hour and a half later, both Will and Henley were still curled up together on the bathroom floor. Though his body was still wracked with tremors, they were easing as was the chaos in his head. Could this really be happening again?

1 review for Saved

  1. 4 out of 5

    Great Debut Novel!

    I’m always eager to try new authors, and Karrie Roman’s Saved is a shining example of why! When the past of a man who is nearly agoraphobic from a serial killer’s kidnapping/torture becomes the present for his community once again in the form of a copycat killer, he needs 24/7 protection. When the lead detective on the case takes his first look at the lovely but tormented soul, his own soul dictates that he must offer more than just guarding a body.

    Will is six years out from the horror his life became, but even knowing his monster is physically dead, he is surviving but not particularly living. I instantly felt a connection to Will. The character’s background, personality, determination, and attitude just sucked me right in.

    Jack is rather a brusque man, as working in homicide can cause. He has a solid partner on the force (Kate) whom he trusts with his life, but he prefers being the one in control. I wasn’t certain right off the bat what I thought of him, because there was something niggling in the back of my brain that I couldn’t quite identify (I’ll get into that in a moment).

    This is a murder mystery/suspense/crime drama debut novel…quite a feat to accomplish. The premise is great, but there were a few aspects that definitely showed the author’s newness. Jack is a dedicated detective, yet a lot of the police aspects are skimmed over (this is the niggling I referenced), which in turn detracts from the character’s overall completeness. Also, taking a protectee out on dates quite seriously contradicts the whole “protection” thing that is supposed to be going on as the main portion of the book. I suspect that as the author continues to grow in her craft, things like these won’t be missed.

    The plot itself is quite rich, drawing the reader out of their mind and fully engaging in the book. Character interactions are dynamic, in turn evoking humor, compassion, anger, and many more emotions from the reader. There is a very slow burn romance aspect that is heart-meltingly sweet. It is here that Jack really shines. His instant attraction to Will allows him to move beyond his self-imposed boundaries to offer comfort and safety to a haunted man. The suspense aspect is actually fairly light despite the overall nature of the synopsis.

    In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I am hoping that a couple of the characters from this one make their way into their own story. I’m rating this at four stars, and I am looking forward to seeing what this author’s wonderful mind has for us in the future!

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