Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

Zero at the Bone 
(Zero at the Bone #1)
by Jane Seville
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense
Release Date: April 6, 2009

After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify.

A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man.

Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies. Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was.

As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.

This book was published almost 8 years ago and I'm not sure how's the M/M world during that time but I can see why this book is so popular. We have D, a hitman with a conscience and Jack, a surgeon on a run from the mobster, the book is long enough for the relationship and plot to developed without feeling the rush. There are some moments whereby I think is abit slow going, especially when they holed up together to lay low. But overall, I enjoyed the length, the well thought out suspense that intertwine between Jack being hunted by the mobster and someone looking to take out D for reasons unknown. 

As someone who loves reading about anti-hero, I find that D isn't all that badass as I thought he would be. I feel that the author and Jack tried to humanize him too much and try to show us again and again that he is a man with honor and conscience. I don't mind that he is a good guy after all, but I feel that Jack needs D to be good, as if he can't accept otherwise. 

I honestly feel that I'm spoiled by the current M/M genre. I'm used to so much consideration put into foreplay and prepping that when the act is absence in here, especially during the first sex scene, I'm flabbergasted. Instead of feeling the heat of their arousal, all I think about is how did he even get in without lube. But it gets better as the story progress, more foreplay and more details.