Book Review: Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter

34809705Title: Every Breath You Take

Author: Robert Winter

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publishing Date: May 5, 2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, MM Romance

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 221 pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars 



When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.

But young gay men in Washington, DC are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Every Breath You Take is my first Robert Winter‘s read; I was a bit hopeful considering the blurb and plus, the opening chapter was promising, too.

However, the writing style just doesn’t click with me. Even with quite an array of characters – leading and supporting – and issues the individuals had, somehow they just failed to captivate me. Besides, the too often mention of character’s names (and they had to go with full name, instead of shortened version, even in conversations) just turned me off.

It was told in multiple POVs that give insight into pertinent player in the story. The murder mystery, which rose from the underlying state to become prominent issue with the casts, while rather predictable was actually interesting. The incident that escalated the case and how it all wrapped up, finally be the trigger that – in a way – resolved some of the characters’ issues. Although – again – the presentation of the whole thing dimmed the excitement of the story.

In a nutshell, I thought the book has a potential but the delivery just fell flat to me. I’m not saying it’s a total disappointment. I guess it’s a matter of preference and reading taste. I’m sure plenty would find the author’s style more than okay to enjoy the story.


Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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