Review: Private Dancer (The Gentlemen’s Guild #1) by West Thornhill

September 19, 2014 Review 0

Review: Private Dancer (The Gentlemen’s Guild #1) by West Thornhill

What happens when a stalker invades your life? Troy is about to find out. And it looks like he’s in for more than one surprise.

Not long after graduating from high school, Troy Marlowe is finally able to escape from his overbearing mother and step-family. He moves to California and into the house he inherited from his grandmother. She also left him enough money to attend the college of his choice. To keep from tapping into that money, Troy accepts a job working as a stripper in a private, member’s only club. Little does he know he has two admirers. One wants to keep him safe, while the other is consumed by a sinister obsession.

Deacon Landry served in the Army and started his own security business with his best friend, Nelson Mathers. While running a background check for a former associate, Deacon is surprised to find himself falling the young man in the photo. Now, he’s practically a stalker in his quest to keep Troy safe and tries to figure out how to insert himself in Troy’s life.

What happens when a series of deaths leads investigators to Troy and Deacon? Who needs to be kept safe and from whom?

Title: Private Dancer
Author: West Tornhill
Series: The Gentlemen's Guild #1
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: August 29, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 135
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

I do love a good cop story and this one was a real page turner.  I haven’t read this author before, but I am very glad I found her.  I like her style.

The first part of the book is spent introducing all of the characters.  Not unusual.  However, Ms. Torhnhill went about it a bit differently.  The comment in my notes:  “This has the pacing and feel of the old Dragnet series.  ‘Just the facts Ma’am.’ Very concise and succinct.  Very refreshing.”  I liked that.  We were introduced to the character and given a brief bio pertinent to the story.  Most of the time it was enough.  Occasionally I may have wanted a bit more information, but really, if it was needed, it was provided.  Otherwise, it was just my nosy curiosity.

This particular story featured Troy – a student putting himself through college as a stripper in a private “members only” club, and Deacon – a former Ranger now running his own security firm.

Troy was a bit young for my taste.  I am not a fan of the YA genre, but this was a good story.  My biggest problem with kids this young who are still in college, do they really understand what they are getting into?  *shrugs* My hang up.  Troy seems to have his head on straight.  He knows what he wants and is going after it.  Not everyone pays for college by striping, but it is a tried and true occupation that pays well if you are good at it and it is legal.  He appears to be good at it and only has to work on the weekends as he goes to college full time during the week.

Deacon is some years older.  He has already done some years in the military and is now running his own business.  He has some issues himself, falling for someone this young.  He fights it for quite a while before finally realizing he needs to deal with it rather than what he is doing.  Commendable.

The plot – I do not like giving spoilers, so all I am going to say is this was an amazing story.   Twists and turns galore.  We were given enough clues during the story that the “who done it” wasn’t a huge surprise, but the why – well that came out of left field.  This was my kind of cop story!

I totally loved the epilogue!  It read like the credits at the end of Dragnet.  Tells us what each of the characters are up to one year later.  It was so cool!  A wonderful ending to a fantastic story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely keep this author on my read list.


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