Victor J. Banis: Deadly Nightshade



A whore and got shot in the chest by the lady after according to eye witnesses discovering that she wasn t in fact a lady Investigating in the drag scene isn t a task that Tom would have liked to do on his own so he s happy to have gay expert Stan by his side to do the translations Tom is a lady s man through and through He likes big tits a round pelvis and a good hetersexual f without strings attached Asking uestions in the city s most popular drag club confuses him immensely Beautiful girls wherever ou look How can they NOT be real And why does the thought turn him on somehow Looking at his handsome twink of a partner he wonders what Stan would look like in drag He s sure he d be just as pretty as the girls around hereYou get where this is headingThe romance part and the straight to gay transition is pretty uniue here I can only assume that the intention behind the story is that Tom is a repressed gay man which I tend to think most GFY MCs are who is only willing to explore his homosexual side if he can still convince himself that it s the female attitudes in his love interest that make it possible to get physical with Stan Still he cannot shake off the fact that Stan is a man and therefore anything between them is doomed from the start That aspect was actually new to me in mm romance so I was positively surprised More often than not it s hot muscled jocks who go all GFY over each other making me wonder when they were ever straight Still I had several serious issues with the storyIt s clear that Stan has the hots for gorgeous Tom right from the start but even though he knows the man is straight and a colleague he makes pretty direct advances The most disturbing moment was the view spoilermassage Stan gave Tom when he was drugged Without any other sexual context Stan rimmed him joking about taking his temperature I found that totally out of line First it s or less abuse since Tom was drugged and second rimming is an intimate act that I totally don t want to see out of context like this hide spoiler Rounded up to 4 starsIt was my first of Victor J Banis and for sure not the last one but I have difficulties to rate the first book in Deadly Mystery series It evoked and provoked many different emotions from wow to wtfmeh and offered an extended range of all possible ratings from 2 to 5What I really enjoyedIn spite of two dead bodies and some attempted murders it was an easy and witty read The MCs are CHARMING They couldn t be different An openly gay homicide detective Stanley seems to conform to all the clich s of a typical gay guy as well as his new partner Tom of a typical butch macho cop But we all know that opposites attract and the author plays with this contradiction perfectly The interaction between Tom and Stanley has a big potential I m looking forward to reading about themThe writing style is simple but not flat the dialogues are funny and well written But I had also some eye roll moments and some problems withMystery itself It wasn t uninteresting but the investigation wasn t very convincing IMOThe mutual attraction between them has developed TOO uickly as well as the Tom s willingness and the WAY to thank Stanley for his cooperation and support I just couldn t buy itI still don t know where to order this story about Moira s childhood It was one of these WTF moments But all in all it is a very promising mystery series with a high fun factor and for sure it s worth to give a try 35 stars I ended up liking it than i thought i would The story and the writing is weirdly entertaining Straight macho Cop and Out and proud Gay Cop pairing was definitely interesting Tom and Stanley s partnership was filled with hilarious moments I liked them a lot I didn t believe in their relationship kinda came out of nowhere but it didn t bother me at all The case was interesting and the perp lawd what a fucked up situation The investigation process was uestionable though We got Drag ueens Yay Overall it was hilarious and enjoyabl. Pursuit trying to resolve another mystery their unexpected attraction to one another.

Anley with his uirk behavior and his way to investigate judging a suspect by the way he furnishes the house or chooses the curtains but who stole my heart is Tom I m really interested in seeing how he evolves in the future bookshttpwwwdp193453174X REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK JUNE 2013 12 STARTerrible Terrible Horrible UGHWorst narrator I ve come across so far I was so displeased with this item I took a refund on it which I rarely do even if I didn t like the story I only take a refund when the narrator did a poor job and so far I ve only refunded 2 books this one includedThe narrator Roy Wells sounded like someone s grandpa with This is another gay themed murder mystery series aside PsyCop and Adrien English that piues my curiousity because it seems as getting good reviews I have to say as for the first book it surely captures my interest The mystery part is intriguing I was able to figure out the real murderer but the journey of getting there was good Of course in series like this the characters are very important as well because the story is about them as much as the murder caseI feel this time the book is different Unlike the other books both men are gays I mean sure Jake in Adrien English is a closeted gay cop but he has sex with other men Tom Danzel on the other hand is well straight He might care for Stanley Kroski his openly gay new partner who s ueer as three dollar bills so to speak but it is because Stanley is Stanley Not because Tom is gay So it s VERY intriguing book and I would really like to know how their relationship evolves Because honestly I really do think that Tom can fall in love with Stanley the way that Stanley falls for him Is this means there s going to be angst Again VERY intriguing I can t help it I love cliffhanger endingsGreat book Very witty dialogue The least sexually arousing sex scene I ve ever read but somehow it made senseI love Stanley I love TomBut seriously the dialogue is out of this world hilarious In the beginning I found Banis humour heavy and passive aggressive It s fun to play being politically incorrect but after too many jokes ou start to sound insecure and annoying In the end I found him sharp and hilarious and sometimes I frowned rolled my eyes and laughed at the same uip or extravaganceSure he dropped it a notch in the meantime but it s also because as heavy and ferocious as the fag and Neanderthal jokes are it s just that Stanley and Tom are two living clich s for one another they are standing at opposite ends and they are uncomfortable defensive and aggressive in the beginning It s also because as acerbic and down to earth as he is the author explores what lies behind and between the stereotypes with understanding and something akin to tenderness This is not another case of closeted cop and this is not another case of Gay For You either This is about a drag ueen serial killer 2 cops who are forced to work together and become partners about unreuited love sexuality and blurred lines The mystery was not unpredictable but well put together and punched me in the guts Tom and Stanley sueezed my heart and made me laugh my ass off I want to know what s going to happen next and Im Squirrely! (The Nut Family, yippee There are 5 books to read I uite admire this novel for beingdifferent I admit I was not really aware of the world of transsexual drag ueens and the wanna be straight men who lust after them thinking it s easier to go for a guy in a dress than go for the real deal and considerourself gay As such this story described a totally new world and also portrayed characters that I ve never seen in this constellation beforeStanley Korski is a cop who just switched to the homicide department The funny thing is he s a willowy twink who is also flamboyantly gay and doesn t make a secret of lusting after his newly assigned hot and hairy hunk of a partner Tom Danzel Only Tom is straight hates fags and is not shy in letting Stan know how he feels Together they re assigned to solve the murder of a guy who picked up. Drag ueen serial killer and along the way they find themselves engaged in a intimate.

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Rating 35 starsDeadly Nightshade was surprisingly good It involves a murder mystery with one very butch cop and one very flamboyant one The contrast in characters led to some very interesting conversations and fun to read interactions between Stanley and Tom The mystery itself was okay nothing groundbreaking but had enough momentum in it to hold onto my interestWhat I didn t like was how uickly things developed between Tom and Stanley For just a first book in a series I was expecting a slower burn think Adrien English But things kind of sparked and caught fire really uick before everything got snuffed out The sexual interaction between the two just felt out of placeBut overall I did enjoy this first entry I will definitely look forward to book 2 in the near future I am so glad I finally started this seriesThis book has been in my to read pile for ages I love a good mystery and I was hooked from the first pageThe story brings together Stanley gay cop and Tom supposedly straight cop to solve a mystery There is a drag ueen serial killer on the loose and Stanley is assigned to work with Tom because Stanley being gay knows the ins and outs of the drag sceneStanley is great He is funny self effacing and humorous He is out and proud and doesn t really care about the underlying homophobia within the police force in fact he camps things up with his force colleagues just to let them know he can hold his ownTom is straight This is probably one of the less dreamy book I read by Victor J Banis means that it s pretty down to earth and direct and open but probably also among my favorite Lola Dances still has the first place but this one is very near I like Victor J Banis style but one thing I almost always regretted that in the end the two main characters don t walk toward the sunset together only Lola did and this is the reason since she is first on my list Since Deadly Nightshade is only first on a series with the same characters well it s not exactly that ou will find an happily ever after in there but it s really close and I have to say that the closing scene is uite romanticTom is a good homicide detective but he has not the right skill for the case a drag ueen is killing men around the city and well Tom doesn t know a thing about the dark side of life And so he is paired with Stanley that is suddenly promoted detective only for the fact that he is gay Better Stanley is ueer and he has it written in all he is small stylish intrusive Stanley never let it go anything he picks every little fight he needs to be acknowledge probably since in his life too many person let him goTom is uite a simple man not at all the perfect cop or at least not the perfect fiction cop divorced and one of the reason for that is that he was cheating around disenchanted not so handsome let me say that probably he is not a man for whom women swoon But he has something other than his gruff exterior an awkwardness I don t know like Stanley probably I think that he is unable to be really bad For how much big and strong he is I believe that Stanley could be lethalAnyway Stanley has a thing for him and he manages to have the man in bed as expected Tom doesn t protest too much see what I said above but it s like he unwillingly surrender to Stanley Even if Tom likes Stanley Tom is really straight in many stories I read where a straight man turns gay he has mental boundaries but usually his body speaks for him usually they are attracted from the other man Here instead Tom can go off with Stanley no problem but he is always embarrassed by the fact that Stanley is a man in a way Tom loves Stanley since he IS Stanley but the main obstacles is that Stanley is a man having him in a woman body would be better Said that it s strange that in the most intimate act they can share it s Tom that takes the submissive position but it s another time when Tom proves that he really loves the other man even if he didn t speak the wordsProbably the main character of the book is St. Straight cop gay cop and a woman who isn't real Tom and Stanley are on the trail of

Jerome Banis May 25 1937 – February 22 2019 was an American author often associated with the first wave of west coast gay writing For his contributions he has been called the godfather of modern popular gay fiction