In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.
Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.
Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.
Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.
This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the Oddities series.
Terror meets passion in Hall's gripping paranormal romantic thriller, set in a demon-infested 2080s America where superpowered Oddities are disparaged and even hunted. Derwin Bryant is a bounty hunter in the city of Nis, making professional use of his superhuman strength and the ability to feed off of the pain of others. Two years after the murder of his boyfriend, Grady possibly by someone who had a grudge against Derwin he meets Elliot Leed, who was forced to sell his body to survive after his parents kicked him out of the house for being not only an Oddity but gay. Elliot can touch an item and perceive what has happened around it. As Derwin digs further into the circumstances of Grady's murder, Elliot tries to help but when Derwin learns that Elliot's sex work client list includes a major organized crime boss, he realizes they might be in all kinds of trouble. Love blossoms between the two men, but will they survive long enough to revel in it? Hall (The New Hire) combines a believable paranormal plot with a twisty plot, plenty of explicit sex, and characters who will win readers' hearts.
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Murder Once Seen
I totally fell for Elliot with his street smarts, his inner strength, his cockiness, his vulnerability and his caring attitude with a strong need to be loved. And Derwin, lost at first, determined to find out who had killed Grady and why, conflicted with using Elliot to help him solve the crime and the feelings growing between them.
There are three threads to this story; Elliot’s life on the streets and his obligation to protect Theresa and the children, Derwin and his work but mostly his need to solve Grady’s murder, and the feeling that, more and more, he wants to protect Elliot. It’s all held together with J T Hall making you care for her characters and with a tight, interesting story-line.