Variable Onset

Layla Reyne
Variable Onset
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Carina Press
Release Date
May 2020
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

To catch a killer, a special agent and his former student will need to get close—to their target, and each other. Layla Reyne returns with a stand-alone romantic mystery.

When the serial killer known as Dr. Fear seemingly reemerges after a cooling-off period, Special Agent Lincoln Monroe wants on the case. He knows his research on the calculating criminal, who targets couples and uses their worst fears to kill them, could prove invaluable. But nothing can prepare Lincoln for the agent waiting for him in Apex, Virginia: a brash and cocky former student. Carter Warren is everything Lincoln is not, and somehow everything he wants. And they'll be going undercover. As newlyweds.

For Carter, seeing Lincoln again—and flustered to boot—pokes his raging bear of a crush something fierce. He thinks posing as lovers will provide the perfect bait for Dr. Fear. But pretending to be married forces them to confront fears of their own…like giving in to the very real chemistry between them.

With evidence pointing to the possibility of a copycat killer, Lincoln and Carter will have to race to separate truth from fiction. But when another couple goes missing, finding the killer will test every ounce of their training, skills and the strength of their bond like never before.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Mar 30, 2020   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
20 people found the following review helpful
VARIABLE ONSET by Layla Rayne is a standalone but I would love to see it become a series. Lincoln and Carter are just amazing together! Lincoln is an agent and a professor at Quantico and Carter took his class eight years ago, making quite the impression on Lincoln. Now they are thrown together again when they go undercover to catch a serial killer.

This story has so many twists and turns in it and I loved every word! For myself, it was never clear just who the killer was, not until it was spelled out for me. And I love that! To be kept guessing right to the end, when it focuses on different characters and each one of them could be the killer, was simply brilliant.

Carter and Lincoln are the perfect pair although they have their own concerns about their relationship. The biggest being is it real or just part of the cover? I thought it was really well written and loved the slow burn aspect of it, even if Carter didn't!! Nothing is rushed in here and it all fits perfectly together.

Like I said, I would love to see this turn into a series but, failing that, I'd just be happy to read more by this amazing author. Highly recommended by me.
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