Loving Luki Vasquez
Title : Loving Luki Vasquez
Author : Lou Sylvre
Series : Vasquez & James, Book 1
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Mystery, Suspense
Length : 220 pages (e-book)
Published : June 20, 2011
Rating : ★★★1/2
Reclusive weaver Sonny Bly James controls every color and shape in his tapestries, but he can’t control the pattern of his life—a random encounter with Luki Vasquez, ex-ATF agent and all-around badass, makes that perfectly clear. The mutual attraction is immediate, but love-shy Sonny has retreated from life, and Luki wears his visible and not-so-visible scars like armor. Neither can bare his soul with ease.
While they run from desire, they can’t hide from the evil that hunts them. After it becomes clear that a violent stalker has targeted Sonny, Luki’s protective instincts won’t let him run far, especially when Sonny’s family is targeted as well. Whether they can forgive or forget, Sonny and Luki will have to call a truce and work together to save Sonny’s nephew and fight an enemy intent on making sure loving Luki Vasquez is the last mistake Sonny will ever make.
I’ve gone back and forth on how to rate this book. Part of it seemed to demand my attention and some parts seemed to crawl. Overall I liked the story and will most likely continue with the series.
The book starts with Sonny noticing the enigmatic stranger in town watching him. Sonny gets a bit tongue tied but he’s done something right because Luki lets Sonny know where he’ll be every morning having coffee just in case the shy Sonny wants to meet up with him again. Sonny can’t stop thinking about Luki and musters up the nerve to show up at a local coffee shop hoping for the chance of seeing him again. The first few conversations the guys have don’t go so great. Neither Luki nor Sonny is used to much more than physical relief with men they’re attracted to because relationships aren’t something they do but something compels them to each other. When someone targets Sonny with a hate crime, it gives them and excuse to stick close to each other. Of course Luki uses his detective skills and team to find out who is threatening Sonny.
This book sounded just like something I’d love but I didn’t. I had a few problems with the character development in the first half of this story. I didn’t really feel like Luki was the badass mofo he was supposed to be in the beginning. It wasn’t developed but we were told so I kept waiting to feel it. Sonny started off as shy. He hates guns and violence which doesn’t make his choice of a lover a very good one but we can’t always help who we’re attracted to. Then he finds his voice and has no problem showing his anger. I honestly struggled with the relationship part of this book. Sonny knew way before Luki that he was in love and Luki fought it even though he was obviously falling for him. Him deciding to leave Sonny and the begging to stay only to leave again seemed more for dramatic effect than part of the story. The mystery was good and once things started happening I did start to buy into Luki’s character. Sonny’s character evolved a little bit and he was more understanding of Luki. I enjoyed his observations of why Luki did the things he did. I don’t really know if the author intended for the reader to come to the understanding of who Sonny and Luki were as the story progressed but I wasn’t gripped until later in the book.
The baddie storyline ended up being a little over the top for my liking but the action was intense. I would say the first half of this book was a 3 star and the last was a 4. Pretty good read with characters who managed to grow on me by the end of the book.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit