4-star,  Delicious smut,  M/M,  Suspense

Logan’s Need (The Escort #3) by Sloane Kennedy

Logan’s Need is gay smut with a bit of suspense and all the emotions. In other words, it’s quite delectable. There’s a grief-stricken widower, gay awakening bordering on GFY, nooky for days, a roller-coaster love story, sibling guilt, trauma handling and a crazy kidnapper/serial-killer.

This is great entertainment. It’s not epic. It’s not fabulous. But the writing is great and the story is juicy, so the overall result is a pretty satisfying read.

Yes, it’s part of a series and no, I haven’t read the first two books, but Logan’s Need worked real well as a stand-alone. Sure, there were some referrals to previous events but they were explained well enough that I needn’t be confused.

Synopsis: So, there’s Logan. In a combined fire and shooting (previous book) he was shot in the chest and had to have heart surgery. He’s suffering from the events leading up to that trauma and he’s not in a good head space. Add to that his fire damaged bar and a huge hospital bill, he’s resorted to taking on new clients – a couple no less – working as an escort. Yes, that kind of escort. Only his clients, a married couple, affects him in a way he didn’t expect. Then the wife dies and letters from her are delivered to Logan. She asks him to seek out her husband, Dom, and Logan can’t make himself deny the request of a dead woman. Dom and Logan have the most intense chemistry. But Dom just buried his beloved wife and Logan has never been attracted to another man before. And as if that isn’t enough, the man who shot Logan and attacked his sister is back and he has set his sights on Logan’s family.

This is a short and quick read. There’s plenty of action and there’s no time to be bored. Still, even if it is fast-pacing, the story wasn’t rushed. You could of course argue that Logan’s and Dom’s connection happens too fast, and Dom did just bury his wife who he loved deeply. But there’s actually more to the story that will, sort of, make that part a bit more plausible. So it isn’t insta-love even though it definitely is insta-sizzle.

There were two pretty distinct sections of the story. The first is where the focus is on the relationship between Logan and Dom. Their emotions are all over the place and there’s lots of banging – the naughty kind. So that was nice. And then there’s the second part of the read when the killer/predator angle takes precedence. It was good to have that focus switch and that added action. However, I can’t say I really bought in to the reason Dom and Logan themselves went after the psycho, even if Dom owned a security firm.

What I didn’t like, and what made me slightly irritated, was the skewed guilt-tripping between Dom and Logan. Dom says the most horrible things to Logan. On more than one occasion. And Logan forgives him, just like that. But the one time Logan’s angry and says something hurtful, it’s supposedly so bad it’s the end of them as a couple? That was just silly.

But apart from that, this story is a steamy, fast-paced and action filled joyride and great entertainment. And the cover picture, it’s so bloody delicious and beautiful I’d love to hang it on my wall.

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I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).