I just had the guilty pleasure of reading A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE - PASSION MARKS II, which was written by Lee Hayes, author of PASSION MARKS and his newest novel, THE MESSIAH (review coming soon!).
Kevin and Darryl have survived their nightmare experience in Houston, which involved an abusive relationship, a woman scorned, secrets made public and a crazed vigilante lover with murderous intent. This installment has the couple visited by someone from their past who orchestrates a symphony of catastrophe upon their lives.
Most of the main characters are back: There is Kevin, dealing with the death of his identical twin brother, Keevan, by burying himself in the responsibilities of his new business and charity work. He is a hopeless romantic willing to go the distance for his lover, Darryl. Darryl, once the long suffering partner, is beginning to explore other 'avenues' of interest that may have dire consequences. Danea, the best friend and cheerleader, now a superstar singer, is still Kevin's rock and sounding board.
It didn't win the Pulitzer prize, but who cares when you can't put the book down. It was so entertaining, sexy and addictive. I couldn't stop laughing, gasping and wanting more. One of the things that is so great about the book is that you identify, on some level, with the characters. You see yourself and your friends in them. But, thank God my life is a little less dramatic than Kevin's!
One of the things that I love about Lee Hayes is that he infuses social messages relevant to ALL people, be they gay, straight, black, white or green. Issues of spousal abuse, fidelity, honesty, personal responsibility and safe sex are issues that affect all of us. Hayes does his part, in an entertaining and non-preachy way, to bring attention to issues that we all face.
A super-entertaining read. Get it.