Review: Wicked Exposure by Katana Collins

April 23, 2015 Review 0

Review: Wicked Exposure by Katana Collins

Nothing left to hide. . .

A forensic photographer with the NYPD, Jessica is devastated to receive word of her sister's death in a robbery gone awry. But when she arrives home in Portland and the local PD asks her to take pictures, she finds more than she bargained for. With each new photo she exposes more of her sister's secret erotic life. And when she shares her discoveries with Sam, the super sexy local detective, she experiences passion she never knew possible. But Jessica soon learns she's merely a pawn in a deadly game of betrayal and revenge and begins to wonder if her next picture could be her last. . .

Title: Wicked Exposure
Author: Katana Collins
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Blind Spot
Published by Kensington
Source: Publisher
Published: April 28, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Crime Drama, Suspense
Pages: 352
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: two-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

This was a deliciously, fast paced who-dun-it.  The book starts with a stalker clicking pictures of Jess, who turns out to be the heroine of the story.  OMG.

Then her first night in her sister’s house, she is sure she has an intruder, but the police don’t find anything, so of course they believe it is her distress over her sister’s recent murder.

Yep, I said murder.  This definitely fit into the suspense/thriller category.  But wait there is more.  Kink!  BDSM!  Fetish parties!  Oh my. This story had a smattering of about everything, up to and including a cliffhanger.  I will get back to that in a moment.

The heroine, Jessica – a forensic photographer for the NYPD. She actually got a photo, though blurry of that intruder, but still wasn’t believed.  On the one hand Jess appeared strong, self-confident, and good at her job.  On the other hand, she didn’t always stand up for herself – like when the cops were poo-wooing her assertion someone had been in her house, with photographic backup.  She seemed to be able to read whether someone was lying to her, but she wanted so much to trust someone.  One minute I felt sorry for her, the next I wanted to bop her up-side the head.

Hero (?) number one. Sam.  A detective on the Portland, Maine police department.  Jess’s best friend when they were kids, but “abandoned” her when her parents were killed.  Has been harboring some sort of secret ever since, but still can’t seem to keep his hands off of Jessica.

Claims to be a Dom.  However, the doms in this story have an entirely different definition of safe, sane, and consensual than any of the other doms I have read about.   Actually, I didn’t’ find that safe, sane, and consensual figured in this at all. Okay, I could almost understand it at eighteen, but ten years later and also claiming master status – not so much.  In his interactions with Jess, there was no discussion of desires, limits, etc.  Just action.  One time he asked for a safe word, but that was the only discussion about the lifestyle they ever had.  It rather turned me off to his alleged master dom status and had me understanding Jess’ mixed feeling about it all.

Jess actually learned more about the lifestyle from Hero (?) number two, Dane.  Dane says he helped Jess’ sister Cass fix up the house.  Has a key and everything.  But there is something not quite right with him.  He is a handyman who wears Armani underwear and gives gifts of Vera Wang gowns.  He had a thing for Cass but it was never consummated.  Now he shows an interest in Jess.  Just how does he fit in?  I have some vague ideas, but it could still go either way.

There are a few other characters in this cast, some I believe are suspects.  But suspects in what exactly, that is the $64,000 question.  Jess keeps finding things out about her sister that just does not fit what she thought she knew.

Yep!  A bit of everything.  Things were moving pretty fast and furious.  Another murder. Suspects all over the place.   Clues leading in different directions.  It was quite exciting and I was glued to my reading, flipping pages as fast as I could, waiting for the big break in the case when . . . author bio.  No forewarning.  No suggestion in the blurb that this may be a series, let alone a serial.

Speaking of blurb, it was kind of misleading all the way around except for Jess being devastated by her sister’s death.  Local PD does not ask her to take pictures – she kind of forces her way in.  The pictures she takes have nothing to do with her sister’s death.  She mostly just stumbles across various clues and such.  The sexy detective – I did mention childhood best friend.  Jessica doesn’t yet know she is a pawn in anything, let alone betrayal and revenge.  Blurb – total fiction, even relating to this story.

Since this was a new to me author, I looked her up to see what I could find.  Found there was a prequel featuring Cass. (By the way, it is free so I grabbed it to read Cass’s story prior to her murder.  Maybe there are some more clues in it.)  But other than finding Wicked Shots, there is not a mention of serial, or series, on the sale sites.  A quick perusal of the author’s web site does show a mention of “series.”  But really, who checks out a new to you author’s web site when choosing a book?  And, this is clearly a serial, not a series.

Other than not ending, I found this a decent, fast moving, suspense thriller.  Any fan of the genre would probably enjoy it.  But not being told that there would be no conclusion, or that one would have to tune into another book, who knows when, well . . . read at your own risk.

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