HIDDEN: EVILS by JO TANNAH
Sebastian Torres is a healer and midwife both by trade and by calling. He’s spent the past three years as the only male midwife in a local hospital.
Anthony Craig is intrigued by Sebastian, finding him professional and attractive; although, he can’t help wondering why Sebastian never dates the same man twice.
When several pregnant women die in maternity wards a few states away, their fetuses missing, the police are baffled at the strange circumstances surrounding their deaths.
Could there be a serial killer on the loose?
As the number of deaths escalates, Sebastian suspects a monster of legend, rather than one of the human variety, is responsible.
Sebastian knows he is the only thing standing in the monster’s way, but in order to save innocent lives he must reveal his secret to Anthony.
Will Sebastian’s revelation prove too much and drive Anthony away?
DR. ANTHONY CRAIG walked into the maternity ward, six residents following quietly behind. He scanned the halls as he passed them, eagerly searching for the one male midwife in the hospital. His heart was pounding so hard he had to stop, take a breath, and massage his chest a bit.
Stop it, he told himself. Just ask him out. It’s not as if it’s your first time. Come on, be a man. He winced at his own thoughts.
Mentally shaking himself, he straightened and continued to the station where four midwives and nursing staff were discussing their patients, comparing notes. His steps faltered when he zeroed in on Sebastian Torres.
Sebastian was on the short side at only five foot five, but he had a quiet strength and excellent bedside manners. He was great at helping the soon-to-be mothers go through the painful labor experience. There was always the initial hesitance at the arrival of a male midwife, but once the ordeal was over, everyone could only praise his skills.
Ever since Sebastian had started working in the hospital three years before, Anthony had observed his professionalism. He was very tolerant with his more difficult patients, never becoming annoyed when the husbands were overly anxious. Admittedly, Anthony was curious why he hardly ever dated. He knew from Susan that Sebastian had no current boyfriend, significant other, or even a roommate. She had also informed him that Sebastian had three dogs. Who lived alone with three dogs?
Well, apparently, Sebastian did. Anthony had heard from other doctors and nurses that the men he went out with only lasted one date, nothing more. They never called back and they certainly never talked to him again, other than professionally. He wondered why. Sebastian appeared confident and funny, but the dates came back scared of him. Anthony looked him over again, silently assessing. He was short, true, but he was well proportioned and had the sweetest skin he had ever seen on a human being. Clear and smooth, it glowed as if there was a light beneath it. Sebastian’s name suggested Latino origins, though his features said otherwise. He had pale skin, a cute pointed nose, hazel eyes, and full lips which were almost always upturned in a smile. He kept his dark blond hair short, away from his roundish almond eyes.
He considered their physical disparity and wondered how people would see them should he ever have the courage to ask Sebastian out. Although the nine-inch difference in height was obvious, Sebastian would fit nicely in his arms, he thought.
Paranormal romances are one of my new obsessions. I like a good monster. I enjoy two people having to come together to take the monster down. This is what happens in Hidden:Evil. The character development and world building are top-of-the-line.
The secondary characters are what made the story for me. There are a lot of them, and none of them are two-dimensional. Each one brings something to the story and to the development of the relationship between the two main characters.
The romance and intimate scenes were also quite something.
The story is believable. The mystic quality to it is precious, interesting and makes an enjoyable read.
I’ve read this story at least four times since I received a copy. I’m looking forward to reading other stuff by Jo Tannah.
I am a wife, mother and blogger by day, a writer by night. It can be difficult to say the least but it is a challenge that keeps me on my toes.
I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me and finally I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long forgotten box and in it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken time to put to paper, brought to light that these were tales I never met in my readings.
The tales I write are fictional but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.
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