Love and Punishment Book Cover Love and Punishment
Susan Mac Nicol
M/M Thriller
Boroughs Publishing Group
August 29, 2014

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Detective Anthony Parglietto is on the trail of a sadistic serial killer called the Bow Tie Killer (BTK) and when his lover Flynn Parker an Investigative Crime Journalist is kidnapped by BTK both men’s lives will change forever.

BTK doesn’t kill Flynn but he does damage to Flynn’s mental being. He wants Flynn to write his story first hand but only when he tells him to. Now Flynn must keep the messages he receives from the killer from Anthony even though he knows he is betraying the man he loves. Flynn takes BTK’s threats of killing him, Anthony and his ex-boyfriend very seriously and it is fear that keeps him from revealing information that could be vital to the case.

BTK is no ordinary serial killer he is sadistic and what he does to his victims is something I will not discuss in this review. Needless to say if you don’t have an iron stomach then this book is not for you. We learn the identity of the killer early on but the book revolves around the search for him and all the individuals whose lives are affected. We get first hand insight into the killer’s mind and it is unimaginable. We meet the killer’s lover who has no idea the kind of man he is sleeping with.

The killings go on and each new victim has some connection with either Flynn or Anthony leading to the belief that this is personal. The love Flynn and Anthony have for each other is so strong that Anthony knows he has to do whatever he can to bring the killer to justice, only justice Anthony’s way. He is a firm believer in the punishment should fit the crime and to him the only justice for the dead would be for BTK’s death at his hand. It is a sentiment that he has no problem verbalizing to anyone who is listening.

This is a book where even the slightest spoiler would ruin the story and I don’t want to do that. This book is full of surprises, explicit sex, bondage, rape and very explicit violence. As I said before if you do not like reading books that are violent than this book is not for you but if you enjoy a really good who-done-it that keeps you on the edge of your seat than don’t walk but run to purchase this book.