That was my only issue, aside from that Necessary Madness was a strong paranormal romance, almost bordering on horror sometime (especially in the role of the villain). Kyle is a barely legal psychic guy who can foretell the future, but his visions are painful and more similar to a nightmare; for most of his life Kyle has fought them, and of course no one believes him. In the end, Kyle, an orphan, is wandering the streets trying to drow his pain with alcohol.
Rob is a cop but he is not exactly the hero type; he was married and he was cheating his wife that kicked him out; now he is divorced with two sons, but he doesn’t seem particularly depressed by the fact that he cannot see his sons daily, on the contrary, having them on the weekend feels like a chores rather than a pleasure; not a disdainful chores, but more like having to take the dog out, or something like that. Rob is also feeling a little guilt since his own sister was murdered, but her killer was never found; Rob thinks with himself that he wants to find the killer but it’s not like he is doing such a lot, he has the clues in his own home, in 2 small boxes, and he was not able to find anything, and instead Kyle, in only 1 afternoon will find the lead to resolve the mystery. Now, or Kyle is a very good detective, or Rob was not trying so hard.
Anyway, strange as it sounds, I did prefer Rob like that, he was more ordinary, and so, in a way, more realistic. He is not a super-cop, he is a simple man, and like that, he is open to temptation: when he brings Kyle at home with him, he is doing self-training to not being involved, he is too old for the boy, he is a cop and Kyle a drifter and possibly an hustler, he has to help the boy without letting him think he has reciprocate with sex… but as soon as Kyle shifts the cover that very first night inviting him in his bed, Rob is breaking the speed record in entering that bed.
Amazon Kindle: Necessary Madness
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (December 28, 2009)