Carbon Replacements (McAllister Justice #4) by Reily Garrett
Released: September 9, 2018
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Publisher: Reily Garrett
Reviewed by Keyrsten
The killer held a knife to her throat—the ultimate decision locked within a dark and deviant gaze.
Determined and dedicated, forensic pathologist Remie Tallin validates her talent by detailing a victim’s last moments of life. Returning to Portland signified her new beginning where a psychopathic stalker designates her a pawn in a seductive game of intrigue.
The lines between predator and prey blur in hunting a medical genius bent on resetting the laws of nature. Evidence has never failed to point Remie in the right direction, yet conflicting discoveries mock the legal system and defy the scientific arena for clarification.
Detective McAllister’s return from leave includes a new assignment along with a partner well versed in subtle sarcasm and innuendos. Discovering the new medical examiner unconscious at the scene of a grisly murder forces him to unite with his brothers against a world of chaos where reality shifts according to a psychopath’s desire.
Remie is ready to start her new beginning now that she has returned to Portland. She is very dedicated to her job as a forensic pathologist and works so hard at putting together a victim's last moments in as much detail as possible. Things go awry when Remie witnesses a murder and is left in a fragile state. She was such a strong and brave woman, even during one of the most vulnerable points in her life. Instead of completely breaking down, Remie pulls herself together and teams up with her bodyguard Billy to track down the monster hunting women in their city. Their partnership begins to shift into something more, but can two people find love while on the hunt for a murderer?
Billy comes to find himself with a new partner once he returns to the force. Their first case together involves looking into the murders of Remie's friends, and in turn leads to Billy being assigned as Remie's bodyguard. At first it seems that Billy is being stuck on babysitting duty, but he soon discovers how strong and intelligent his new charge is. She refuses to back down from her own personal monster, and that fierce strength draws him into her. The more they work together, the more they are pulled to one another. Is what they are feeling love, or is it a side affect of circumstance?
The ebb and flow of Remie and Billy's relationship was interesting to watch. I was unsure how I would feel about the transition from a police/victim dynamic to a lovers/partners dynamic, but Reily was able to maneuver that transition beautifully. They refused to act on those feelings with one another, deeming it too inappropriate and just a side affect of them working closely together. Each moment together the chemistry burned a little brighter, until finally it was too much and they were consumed by the flames.They not only made great lovers but also great partners. Now if you are into books just for the steamy smutty scenes, you should know there aren't many in this book. That being said, I think it would have been more of a distraction to the story if it were. I probably would have been sitting here thinking, "Y'all realize there is a serial killer afoot. Literally you don't know where he is. He could murder you mid coitus." The smutty goodness that is present feels more than just sex and it is so damn electric. Like you could use that sexual electricity to power your home.
I was literally chewing my nails as I waded through the suspense of the book. There were so many twist and turns, ups and downs, that I had a hard time discerning which direction I thought the story was going to go. I pride myself on being the person who can figure out who the bad guy is prior to it being revealed in the book or movie. You should see me watching Criminal Minds or Law & Order ... you'll either be amazed by my skills or annoyed I ruined the plot for you. It is not that often that a story stumps me and I'm unable to guess anything before it was revealed. The end result basically bitch slapped me with the truth, and damn did it feel good. Don't even get me started on The Sandman. Holy toledo. He is a deliciously despicable villain. Just the way I like them.
It was nice seeing the McAllister brothers and their ladies. I can't help but go all googly eyed every time one of them is on the page. I'm all for getting in the middle of that brother sandwich ... just saying ... maybe that was too much ... but they are worth it. The witty sarcasm and general love within the family provided a nice light touch to the very heavy burdened plot.
Billy and Remie were brought together by unfortunate circumstances. Though they were brought together through darkness, the love that blossomed from it was beautiful and tender.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.