Book Review by Kristie: Six Degrees of Lust, by Taylor V. Donovan

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Six Degrees of Lust, by Taylor V. Donovan
Series: By Degrees, Book 1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 2, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


New York City FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy lives for his immediate family and his job. After a marriage gone wrong, he has stuck to a firm rule when it comes to relationships: he doesn’t have them. Sexually active and emotionally unavailable keeps him satisfied, especially now that he is in hot pursuit of a serial killer targeting gay men.

Former firefighter Machlan O’Bannon now manages a successful sports bar in Houston, and after years of waiting, he’s ready to stand up and be the man he always wanted to be: out, proud and drama-free. His politically-aligned family wants to keep him locked in the closet, but Mac just wants to meet the man of his dreams.

One man is as high strung as the other is laid back. A chance meeting brings them together, and one night of passion ignites a fire neither can fight. Their lives are not only miles apart, but as different as day and night. They don’t want to get involved, but they might not be able to keep apart.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Bisexual Characters
Contemporary Romance
Law Enforcement (FBI)
Ensemble Cast
Additional Warnings: Super Creepy Dude Moments


I love this book. 

I really do love it. I read it before… I believe in 2013. I really loved it then, and I really love it now.

I was worried when I picked it up this time around. Worried because I knew the author was going to re-release it, probably make some tweaks to it, I think partially in preparation of releasing book 2, and the greatly anticipated book 3. I was worried because I read it such a long time ago, and have read so many books between then and now, I know my reading preferences have evolved. I mean, what if I read this and didn’t like it this time around?

I didn’t need to worry! (Que happy dance)

If there are changes to this version vs. the original, I don’t know what they are. Maybe it’s tightened up a bit? What I do know is, the story reads really well. The murder mystery plot line is explosive and interesting. The romance plot line is wonderfully crafted. The ensemble cast is developed really well. I think I’m even more interested in all aspects of the story than I was before. There are a lot of layers to what’s going on, and just thinking about the intricacies of plotting out all the ways these characters are connected? That has me respecting this author all the more. The “six-degrees” way they are all connected could feel really convenient, but for some reason, It works for me.

There are a couple of very “creepy dude” moments where we’re in the eyes of the Leviticus Killer. He’s really disturbed, but thankfully, those moments in his head do not last long and we’re shepherded back into the lives of Sam and Mac, and all their friends and the strange ways they all know each other without knowing it.

If you like a good murder mystery, a cast of really interesting and dynamic individuals, and some super hot sexual tension between MCs, this is the book for you. I’m happy to recommend this knowing that it feels better reading it than before, even if I can’t really pinpoint why. I’m ready to dive into book 2, and will cross all my fingers and toes in the hopes that book 3 comes out early this year.


Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of m/m romantic suspense. She is optimistically cynical about the world; lover of history, museums and all things 80s. She is crazy about fashion, passionate about civil rights and equality for all and shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television.

When she is not making a living in the busiest city in the world or telling the stories of gorgeous men hot for one another, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and her fur baby in the mountains she calls home.

You can find out more about Taylor by visiting her social media locations:

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


3 thoughts on “Book Review by Kristie: Six Degrees of Lust, by Taylor V. Donovan

  1. I so appreciate the “creepy dude moments” warning! I really don’t like reading a serial killer’s pov and it’s not always an easy thing to avoid.


    • Hi Cleo! I’m glad I added that. The creepy dude moments aren’t overly creepy… not really. But they are off putting. I’m not easily left uncomfortable, but due to the stuff we know he’s doing to the victims through the investigation, being in his head for those couple of moments just adds to the suspense and creep factor. It never stopped me from moving forward, but it did add to the tension. I hope this helps you decide if you’re going to read this or not. It really is a great story.


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