5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
Arrogant, handsome, and detached, deadly assassin Dutch Mathew has an insatiable appetite for bourbon, cigarettes, and women. A Keeper for The Gate, the shadowy organization designed to control Death and her Poochas, those reclaimers helping the dead cross back to life, he has three simple rules for anyone sharing his bed: no talking, no kissing, no touching.
Juma Landry is all about talking and kissing and touching. The more talking and kissing and touching, the better.
And as one of Death’s Poochas, the best in fact, she is Dutch’s next assignment. He is tasked with ending each and every one of her nine lives but with her sharp banter, beautiful smile, and hips made for all kinds of wickedness, she isn’t going to make that easy.
Set in New York City and Trivandrum, DUTCH, book one in The Keeper Series, is a unique and sexy urban fairytale – a must read for anyone who likes their raunch with a twist of romance and a hint of magic. Watch for it to hit shelves this Fall 2015.
You can’t get much more on the mark than the author’s own words when describing her book: “nasty dirty sexy.”
Yes. Yes. And yes.
DUTCH is a Romeo and Juliet of the underworld. Dutch Mathew is a Keeper of the Gate, charged with making sure the dead stay dead. But, Death has other ideas, using her Poochas to reacclimate the dead into their former lives.
Living a life of sex and whisky, Dutch is fine being cold and distant, until he meets confident, sexy, alluring Juma Landry. Suddenly, he wants those things he’s denied himself for so long — her touch especially. Juma, one of Death’s best Poochas and occasional lover, is dealing with her own demons, and craves the touch Dutch isn’t able to give. But, Dutch isn’t just a Keeper of the Gate, his family is the Gate, and more than anything, they love to torture him. Something that will not bode well for Dutch and Juma’s already dysfunctional relationship.
DUTCH is dark and sexy and bloody, filled with so much tension and anticipation. I don’t think I took a full breath for all 320 pages. The no sex that happens b/t Dutch and Juma for the majority of the book is more arousing than their separate and numerous hook ups. But the payoff is worth the wait. Madhuri Blaylock is unapologetically smutty. And you will love it!
The prose reads like verse, with words and sentences that tumble over each other like the emotions of the characters. If you’re going to write in first person, this is how you do it. Forget commas!
I wish I’d read this book before writing the post on Indie Authors Kicking Ass, because Madhuri Blaylock kicks so much ass with DUTCH. It is now a favorite read of 2015. Blaylock is an author we all need to watch.