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Crossroads Paperback – June 1, 2010

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Crossroads Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Phaze Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606599364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606599365
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,777,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though utterly misused I could feel some raw talent in Ms Diablo's writing. She has good ideas and an instict for storytelling.

All the rest is lacking.
First of all, much of the story is "told" and not "shown": a basic mistakes that classes authors immediately among the amateurs. Who might be willing to pay for an amateur's effort? Not me.
One could also mention that the story could have used more pages and a better development.

The parts developed in full detail are the two sex scenes which would not be bad in themselves, quite intriguing even, were it not for a tiny weenie small detail: it is not a matter of dubious consent with them, it is outright rape. It hardly matters that the victim seems to enjoy the first rape in the end (and the why is left unexplained) only to get angry and then change his mind again in time for the second rape. The raper's motives are far from crystal clear and once again "told" instead of "shown".

The rest of the novella seems more a draft than a full fledged story. The lead -who is also the raper- might be interesting if we got to know him a little better. The same could be said for the raped lead, aka love interest of the raper.

On the whole what we have here seems a summary of the true story done by a mediocre high-school student who was only interested in the sex scenes.
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In Crossroads, Keta Diablo gives us a tale of crime, passion, and the paranormal rendered in an almost film noir style. This short novella is less a full-blown story than it is a slice of life for its characters. It documents how the relationship between the two main characters begins, and it sets a tone for the interaction between them, but it certainly doesn't resolve any differences between them. It also leaves Rand and Frank with a "happily for now" ending and does not address the possibility of a "happily-ever-after" for them. If Ms. Diablo were prone to write series, I would hazard a guess that we will meet up with these two characters in the future.

In Frank and Rand, Ms. Diablo gives us characters who are not particularly likeable but are fascinating nevertheless. Frank proves himself to be sympathetic by the fact that he uses his psychic gift to find missing children. However, he also exhibits a selfish and perhaps even predatory side in his treatment of Rand. Rand exhibits a typical youthful thoughtlessness when he cuts himself off from his family for the sole purpose of smoking weed and exercising his independence. The reader can't help but think that he perhaps deserves any lesson that Frank doles out. In a way, he does need to be "scared straight."

Crossroads is charged with dark eroticism and contains a couple of scenes that are intensely sexual in nature. Since they entail dubious consent - definitely not rape, but they probably could have gone in that direction with just a little effort - I have rated the sensuality of this story a 4.5. Overall, I thought this story was quite well done and very worth the read.
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When Frank McGuire's partner and friend Quinn Brennan was killed in the line of duty, Frank left the force and became a private investigator. Even though he hasn't seen Quinn's wife and kids in five years, he drops everything to help when Emily calls desperate for his help finding her son Rand. Frank remembers Rand. Especially that Rand is eight years younger than him, the son of his friend, and off limits regardless of his attraction to Rand. Frank agrees to track Rand down and when he does, he discovers that Rand may be in trouble, the kind of trouble that could get him killed. A serial killer that has been preying on women in the area is somehow connected to Rand. It might be up to Frank's good detective skills and his clairvoyant abilities to save the man he wants.

Crossroads starts off with Frank's interesting ability and the painful loss of his partner and friend. The story picks up some heat when Frank approaches an unsuspecting and scared Rand in a rather intense encounter where Rand is forcibly seduced into giving Frank information. Had this been role playing and both parties involved knew the score, it would be very, very hot, but because of the circumstances it comes off as a bit too realistic and disrespectful towards Rand. The fact that Rand enjoys it makes it sexy, but I still think the scene is over the top due to the circumstances. There are a few more graphic dubious consent scenes that are hot. Crossroads is more erotica rather than erotic romance. The romance is unconventional considering how things play out between Frank and Rand. With its intense eroticism and a pretty good storyline, Crossroads is an intriguing read.

Nannette
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5 KISSES!

Blurb:
Handsome ex-cop Frank McGuire is on a quest to locate his dead partner's missing son. Rand Brennan has an identity issue, exercabated since the death of his father. Hoping to find himself, Rand drops out of college, takes to the streets, and doesn't realize he's embroiled in duplicity and murder. In order to save Rand, Frank must confront the nefarious killers and... Confront his long-suppressed feelings for Rand.

Elements: scenes of intense sexual activity, a homoerotic thriller

WARNING: The Crossroads series is not for the faint of heart, so if you don't like to read about very aggressive sex and forced seduction, this book is not for you.

Without further adieu, here's where I get to share my thoughts and feelings on Crossroads, Book 1:

Review:
When I first met Frank McGuire he was in his Denali and on his way to work. The building he pulls up to in a way reminds me of him, a rough exterior with a soft interior. Both the building and Frank are indeed suffering from years of neglect, though not in the same sense. He's a Private Investigator-- very fitting job for an ex-cop. He lost his partner in a fluke bank robbery and in a way, he lost part of himself. He's lonely, he's intense, he's angry, he's sad, and he's all Alpha male. He's not a cold hearted man by any means. If he were, I don't think he'd be a P.I.; he wouldn't put his own life on the line helping people find their loved ones. He puts the needs of others before his own needs. I find that giving this man my time and reading about his adventures to be very worthwhile.

When I saw the description of the book and the words, "A homoerotic thriller," I knew I was in for some kind of ride, and I was so ready to do this.
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