A serial killer known as the Confessor is kidnapping and torturing gay men, and Reno Police Department Evidence Technician Leif Carson is determined to catch him.
His personal life isn’t any less stressful. Despite being a virgin and having zero experience with men, he can’t stop thinking about his best friend’s ex, Rafe Castillo. Rafe is suffering from PTSD, but that doesn’t stop Leif from wanting to be with him.
Complete opposites, they’re an amazing fit once they do get together—until Rafe’s PTSD gets in the way and he walks away from the relationship before it has a chance to truly blossom. Even though he has intense feelings for the man, Leif has no choice but to let him go.
When the Confessor kidnaps Rafe, Leif does everything possible to locate him before he’s murdered. Rafe’s near-death experience changes him profoundly, but the danger isn’t over yet. Leif and Rafe will have to face pure evil together if they’re going to last.
Confessions by Ethan Stone is a romantic mystery novel, delving into late virginity and serial killers. Leif Carson is an evidence technician for the Reno Police Department and he’s tasked with finding the perpetrator of the mass kidnappings and tortures of gay men. He spends his downtime fantasizing about Rafe Castillo, the only man he’s formed a deep connection with in years. Unfortunately, Rafe’s PTSD makes him cautious about relationships.
This was a fantastic book! I loved that Stone’s main focus was the mystery, only adding in the romance in the periphery. The pursuit of the serial killer kept me guessing until the very end. The romance was believable and the characters were endearing. Leif’s loneliness and longing jumped off the page. The way he helped Rafe through his struggles made them both stronger. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes great writing and edge of your seat suspense.