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“Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.”

Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart. For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else, a fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers cater to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game. For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for pretty young men and dancing Holly Blue butterflies over their skin. (M/M)

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“Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.” Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart. For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, … Continue reading “Psychopaths & Sinners”

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  1. Trio
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Trio

    Psychopaths & Sinners, the fifth book in Jack L. Pyke’s incredible Don’t… series, is here! One of my all time favorites, this is a must read for all fans of dark, erotic thrillers. If you haven’t taken this journey yet I envy you, because I wish I could experience it all again for the first time.

    These characters! The depth Pyke goes into exploring their emotions, their motivations, their connection to each other and the internal struggles they have… well there’s no other author I know who goes this far inside her characters’ heads.

    I love the new guys, Ash and Raif, and can’t wait to see where they’re going next. Pyke introduces them in Ash, Don’t… 4.5, along with some other great new players, and a freaky-scary mystery that’s amazing as well. There’s a wonderful dynamic between Ash and Raif and it’s extremely compelling. The future of this series is going to be amazing!

    Raif is such an interesting character, and every little reveal of his past just makes me want to find out more about him. He keeps his guard up and first impressions show a cold, hardened man who’s had more than his share of hard knocks. As we get to know Raif, to see the lengths he goes to care for those in need and how badly he needs to be cared for in return, it just shows what a tender, sweet guy he is. Ash is bringing out all kinds of fascinating in Raif, I think the timing is right and he’s more than okay with this.

    Ash is young, and recent events have caused him to take a long, hard look at his life. His irreverent approach to life, his cruel and thoughtless pranks, and promiscuous sex life have done damage in ways he’s only beginning to see. Ash is sinking fast and reclaiming his life, standing up for himself, and cutting the toxic relationships, is the only way he’s going to make it through. Watching him realize this and take the steps necessary to get there blew me away. This young man makes some amazing strides over just a very short period of time.

    There are some changes going on in the House of Gray as well. Martin has almost completely taken over and Jack is buried deep, down where only occasional glimpses of him peek out. At least Martin wants us to think that Jack is still there… but as is her way, Jack L. Pyke is a master of the mind-fuck, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself. I can only imagine (and hope) where Martin chooses to go next.

    While I definitely miss Jack, his absence allows for a dynamic between Gray and Jan that isn’t as prevalent in the earlier stories. To see this tender, attentive side of Gray, the Gray that Jan brings out, is priceless and definitely worth the trade-off. We also see Jan becoming more confident and, is ‘demanding’ the right word? He’s a true advocate for Jack and won’t tolerate anyone messing around, especially Gray. He wants his Jack back.

    Watching Gray continue to fall apart in Psychopaths & Sinners is devastating. The strain of needing Jack, and wanting his men healthy and whole is taking its toll on Gray both mentally and physically. The dichotomy between the cold, hard, ruthless killer he shows the world versus the man who loves so deeply is intense. When Gray breaks down and shows his pain, you know he’s truly at the end of his rope.

    Thank heavens Don’t… six is currently in the works, and I’ll leave this little plea to Jack L. Pyke: please hurry! As uncertain as things are at the end of Psychopaths & Sinners, there is one thing of which I’m certain: Gray is clearly heading towards some actions that are going to change everything. Choices he’s going to make that even Gray can’t make right and I can’t wait to be there when it happens.


  2. Kimmers
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimmers

    If you think you’ve had a terrible week, I guarantee you it is nothing like the one presented in Jack L. Pyke’s fifth installment of her Don’t… series. In true Pyke fashion, she opens up ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’ by kicking you in the gut, leaving you floundering and making you want to weep in more ways than one – for more souls than one.

    Don’t… think you can enter into this series without having read them all, and in order, because the story line is precise, detailed, and planned out. Pyke has a beautiful way of blending past memories, individual habits, even specific moments in time, to present thoughts and events, while using them to propel a narrative forward.

    There’s pain… lots of pain. Jack is hiding in Martin. Martin is determined to win. Gray is drowning in his own personal hell, trying not to succumb. And Jan? Jan is still grappling, struggling, mourning… needing! We see all his hurt manifested, bubbling up and spilling over.

    “Jan offered a small smile back. He’d had enough of walking in the shadow of a psychopath,” Pyke conveys.

    Jack L. Pyke doesn’t let your mind wander, constantly feeding you with imagery to satisfy your imaginations hunger – creating a mystery that forces your heart to beat faster and makes your ears crane at every tiny noise you hear, wondering if someone is lurking.

    “Flutter by those fucking butterflies.”

    As a visual reader, Pyke never fails to satisfy me. With every objects placement, person’s stance, simple touch, purposeful stare – I’m drawn in – as if I’m experiencing every hurt and angst filled scene, as well as the all-consuming passionate moments, with each and every character. Their bleeding hurt is emblazoned into my heart and I can feel their lust and desire in my groin.

    Using new characters, and old ones alike, this storyteller pulls you in. If you’ve read Pyke’s books before, you know there is no chance meeting, no happenstance, everything and everyone who touches her character’s lives are there for a reason. She weaves a tale of deception, heartbreak, and yet at the same time, reflects the measures one will take to save the person, or persons, they love the most.

    ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’ takes off where ‘Ash’ left off and the build-up is intense. Ash and Raif have full reign here and their true dynamic is on brilliant display. Russel Dickerson’s lyrics from “Yours” couldn’t describe them any better.

    I was one in one-hundred billion
    A burned out star in a galaxy
    Just lost in the sky wondering why
    Everyone else shines out but me
    But
    I came to life when I first kissed you

    RELEASE DAY REVIEW: ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’ by Jack L. Pyke
    May 22, 2018

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    Kimmers

    Title: Psychopaths & Sinners

    Series: Don’t… #5 (Sequel to Ash)

    Author: Jack L. Pyke

    Published: May 22, 2018

    Publisher: ForbiddenFiction – Imprint of Enspire Publishing

    Cover Artist: Siol na Tine

    Genre: Dark Erotic Romance; Dark Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Thriller; Suspense

    Length: 557 Pages

    Tags: Gay; M/M; Bisexual; May/December; Angst; Cliffhanger; Disorder: Dissociative Identity Disorder; CW: Abduction, Rape, Sexual Abuse, Torture – Physical & Mental, Murder, Necrophilia, Off-Page Child Abuse

    NOTE: Contains disturbing content. Check ForbiddenFiction story page for further content labels.

    About Psychopaths & Sinners

    “Because us? Psychopaths and sinners… we don’t need fixing, Gray.”

    Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something… unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart.

    For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else, a fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers cater to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game.

    For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for pretty young men and dancing Holly Blue butterflies over their skin.

    5 HEART READ

    REVIEW:

    If you think you’ve had a terrible week, I guarantee you it is nothing like the one presented in Jack L. Pyke’s fifth installment of her Don’t… series. In true Pyke fashion, she opens up Psychopaths & Sinners by kicking you in the gut, leaving you floundering and making you want to weep in more ways than one – for more souls than one.

    Don’t… think you can enter into this series without having read them all, and in order, because the story line is precise, detailed, and planned out. Pyke has a beautiful way of blending past memories, individual habits, even specific moments in time, to present thoughts and events, while using them to propel a narrative forward.

    There’s pain… lots of pain. Jack is hiding in Martin. Martin is determined to win. Gray is drowning in his own personal hell, trying not to succumb. And Jan? Jan is still grappling, struggling, mourning… needing! We see all his hurt manifested, bubbling up and spilling over.

    “Jan offered a small smile back. He’d had enough of walking in the shadow of a psychopath,” Pyke conveys.

    Jack L. Pyke doesn’t let your mind wander, constantly feeding you with imagery to satisfy your imaginations hunger – creating a mystery that forces your heart to beat faster and makes your ears crane at every tiny noise you hear, wondering if someone is lurking.

    “Flutter by those fucking butterflies.”

    With every objects placement, person’s stance, simple touch, purposeful stare – I’m drawn in – as if I’m experiencing every hurt and angst filled scene, as well as the all-consuming passionate moments, with each and every character.

    As a visual reader, Pyke never fails to satisfy me. With every objects placement, person’s stance, simple touch, purposeful stare – I’m drawn in – as if I’m experiencing every hurt and angst filled scene, as well as the all-consuming passionate moments, with each and every character. Their bleeding hurt is emblazoned into my heart and I can feel their lust and desire in my groin.

    Using new characters, and old ones alike, this storyteller pulls you in. If you’ve read Pyke’s books before, you know there is no chance meeting, no happenstance, everything and everyone who touches her character’s lives are there for a reason. She weaves a tale of deception, heartbreak, and yet at the same time, reflects the measures one will take to save the person, or persons, they love the most.

    Psychopaths & Sinners takes off where Ash left off and the build-up is intense. Ash and Raif have full reign here and their true dynamic is on brilliant display. Russel Dickerson’s lyrics from “Yours” couldn’t describe them any better.

    I was one in one-hundred billion

    A burned out star in a galaxy

    Just lost in the sky wondering why

    Everyone else shines out but me

    But

    I came to life when I first kissed you

    This installment is the perfect backdrop of murder, mystery and intrigue as Pyke sashays between scenes of the aftermath of a crime and what’s unfolding with Jack, Jan, Gray… and Martin. All the while you’re wondering, frustratingly so, what connects the new players to these three men. Yes, three. She places seeds here and there, plants questions, only to make you wait out an explanation at just the precise moment. And like any good thrill-master, has you believing you know who it is, only to shoot you down until the next flashing moment. But alas, as in ‘Antidote’, the reveal is hidden until just the perfect moment and is not only shocking, but sad.

    Right up to the very end ‘Psychopaths & Sinners’ has you feeling as if there will be no resolution, it creates a sense of foreboding and sets your adrenaline pumping watching a big house of cards tumble and stack itself back up. There’s hurt, betrayal, remorse, maybe even forgiveness? And perhaps the start of something new? Some help? As one door closes a new one opens: With a whole new set of questions, some new personalities, a hell of a lot of sinners and maybe one more psychopath.

    Jack L. Pyke is setting her readers up for an explosive Don’t… series finale like only she can, and I’m misty eyed just thinking that these men will soon be leaving us behind! Dare I say she is one author who is destined for the ‘New York Times’ and ‘USA Today’ best sellers lists? That’s one time I’m not going to be shy about gloating and saying, “I told you so!”


  3. Debra
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars

    I so want to talk about what goes on in this book, but you should experience it fresh so no spoilers. You do need to read Ash before this as it’s really the start of this story which continues with the possible serial killer on the loose (as far as the timeline of the other books, it’s about one month from the end of Backlash). When Gray is called in as a culler to observe on the case, it will bring him straight into the path of Raif and Ash and there is at least one person from Gray’s past that doesn’t want him there. The gameplay begins straight away. It’s not an ideal time for Gray to leave with Jack in lock-up in the manor under constant psychiatric observation, but he leaves Jan to take care of things, but not before Martin has his moment with Gray. Jan is so much stronger than the “soft lad” who first appeared in Don’t… I get the feeling that as Gray gets deeper into gameplay with Martin, Jan is the only one thinking clearly where Jack is concerned even while he’s still struggling to stay clean and dealing with his own anger about being left to deal on his own after his abduction.

    Ash and Raif’s story alternates with the triad’s. It took me quite a while to get comfortable with Raif continuing on from Ash. Again, I know he is a good person, but I was still uncomfortable with the way he treats Ash. Ash is lost in grief over Johnny’s death, as is Chase and the two have been keeping distant. When they get back together though? They are up to old tricks again and Raif re-inserts himself into Ash’s life once again. Although we learn more about both Ash and Raif, Raif still retains an aura of mystery about him for most of the story. Ash, on the other hand, I need more of. We’ve just scratched the surface of his character beneath the abused, hurting young man and I need to see him blossom. Before the Holly Blue killer storyline gets resolved (and it does get resolved here), things get much worse for Ash and his friend Chase. This storyline again shows how brutal Jack L Pyke can get with her characters, but if you’ve gone this far in the series, it isn’t as bad as Antidote.

    While the Holly Blue killer is the main focus of the plot, there is also the mystery that was started in Ash relating to the missing military equipment and the I-dosing death Raif was investigating (that storyline will continue in the next book). Here is where Jack L Pyke weaves all the characters together and creates a path that will either destroy them or save them. A bit of a bombshell near the end guarantees that whatever way it goes it will not be easy for anyone. But then again, this series has never been about easy.

    There is plenty of fallout that is going to affect everyone in the next story as the surveillance of Light continues. Once again, there is plenty of family dysfunction here as well, be it fathers and sons, lovers, friends, whether it’s family by blood or by choice, the sins of the past are all coming into the present for many of the characters.

    Gray was especially tried in this book. You can feel him slowly losing himself throughout. He wants to be there and take care of Jan. He wants to have Jack back. But he is also enjoying his brutal games with Martin. Gray dealing with Martin is pushing enough buttons on its own but dealing with his past coming into his present and threatening what’s his has him on a knife’s edge. Gray does not take any threat to Jan or Jack lightly as we all know, but he is pushed a bit too far in this one. Gray is a formidable opponent in many ways, but we are given a taste of just how Gray the culler works here and it’s cold and it’s brutal. Gray is at a precipice, slowly losing his footing and he can catch himself or fall and the next book promises to really test him.

    “This slow suicide of yours …” Martin tilted his head slightly. “It’s fucking stunning Welsh. And It’s coming. You’re gonna fall, and you’ll fall so badly.”

    While there was plenty of page time with Jan, Gray and Jack/Martin, I’m really missing Jack and I’m missing the triad being all together. There are the briefest glimpses of the Jack we all know and love, but whether he will ever fully be that same man again is questionable. The worst-case scenario is that Martin becomes the dominant personality and things remain as they’ve been since the end of Backlash. As much as I enjoy Martin I just miss Jack. I am so hoping that the next book finds us moving forward with the future of Jan, Jack and Gray because even though I know they love and are devoted to each other, I’m getting very anxious about them. In the series timeline it’s been just over a year that they have been together and what a bad year it has been!

    Par for the course in this series, the story was heavy and disturbing. There weren’t many moments of lightness. I was constantly on the edge of my seat with adrenaline pumping, wondering what the next page would bring. There was one revelation after another. One more complication thrown into an already explosive mix. There are more hands at work trying to pull Gray’s strings than we know about yet and I am on tenterhooks already anticipating the culmination of what has been set in motion in this story.


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