Friday, March 23, 2012

In the Red by Kari Gregg

Forensic accountant Brian Foster was a rising star at TFOS -- the FBI's Terrorism Financing Operations Section -- until he was abducted, "questioned," and left for dead. His nine days of captivity broke him. Brian retreats to the mountains of western Maryland where he amasses enough weaponry to hold off a zombie hoard and enough lamps to pinpoint his location from the International Space Station. He's losing the battle against paranoia. Too bad TFOS needs him. Brian stumbled onto something big when he vanished last year and TFOS needs that case resolved. Now.

The FBI tasks Special Agent Zachary Murdock with gluing Brian together and returning him to TFOS. Brian will steady once he focuses on work instead of his neuroses. As Zachary nudges Brian back into the career that cost him dearly, Brian's paranoia escalates. Personal and professional lines blur. Zachary isn't sure which presents the biggest complication anymore: Brian's peculiar brand of crazy, the case they're working, or the closeted submissive's surprising -- and enthralling -- kink.

Zachary and Brian both know, when the case heats up and they're forced to run, they're operating at a loss, though: they are in the red.

Reviewer: WhiteDaisy
Brian Foster was a genius, even if he looked like an accountant in Zachary's mind. Brian, small and lean with nerdy glasses and a wiry body with shaggy hair, spelled geek to everyone who saw him. Foster was a twenty-seven year old forensic accountant with high class skills the bureau didn't want to lose. Brian had an uncanny ability to track small deposits and transfers among thousands of credible business transactions. By following the money trail, he's identified terrorist activity, prevented incidents, and saved lives.

When Zachary first met Brian, he saw through the front Forster put on, to the scared man inside. Zachary could see in Brian's file, that he had been born under a lucky star, loved by his family, cosseted by his lover, and had enjoyed a meteoric rise in his career. But Brian has lost everything with his abduction, and no one knew where he was or who took him. They wanted him gone and he went away. Brian left everything behind to hide himself far away from TFOS the FBI's Terrorism Financing Operations Section. Brian became paranoid and ill, living in terror everyday. For Zachary, Brain Foster was a Grade A, 100 percent nut job, but a beautiful, shy, and sweet fucked-up mess. The truth was Brain was mostly bark, no bite kind of a man.

Landis wanted Brian back at Financial Intelligence in DC. And so he sent Zachary there to bring Brain back. He hoped to achieve that with a possible Dom/Sub relationship between Zachary and Brain. I really hate manipulative bastards in plotted stories and while the sex scenes where good, that was all. There was a no real threat to Brian's life and he was supposed to work on a small level new case with Zachary's help, but then the threat became real. And Brain started to become crazy again, jeez...

This mixed up game was really annoying to me. And Zachary's instant lust for Brian wasn't real. I didn't even like it. I expected more from this story, it was disappointing. I have to give this story only 3 stars.

Publisher: Loose Id
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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