Designed for Murder by Avery Flynn….Blog Tour Stop & Review

Designed for Murder (Killer Style 4) by Avery Flynn

Date of Publication: November 10, 2015


This book can be read as a standalone!

Devastated after he discovers the woman he loved and his partner in the role-playing game, Magic Battledome, was a psychotic killer, Maltese Security’s resident computer genius, SciFi fan and geek-about-town Carlos Castillo retreats into his work. Tossing aside all ties to the Magic Battledome community, he eats, sleeps and breaths investigations. He’s determined to prove to the rest of the team—and himself—that he’s not all book smart and street stupid. He pleads for a case and finally gets one the boss thinks is right up his alley. Someone is targeting a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) Magic Battledome team, delivering vicious beatings before robbing them of their costumes. To solve the case, Carlos has to dive back into the world he’d abandoned.

Mika Ito loves creativity in all its forms. As a textile designer and a LARPer, she combines her two favorite things by creating costumes for her fellow Magic Battledome elves. But when someone starts targeting her fellow LARPers and the police don’t seem to be much help, she hires Maltese Security to solve the case. If a reformed sinner is the most devoted, then a former LARPer is the most rudely dismissive and Carlos Castillo fits the bill. But when they discover that the material she’s been using for the costumes has been soaked in liquid cocaine by someone in her supply chain, they must work together to solve the case. Especially now that the bad guy is doing whatever it takes to retrieve the tainted material—including having lethal designs on Mika’s life.

My Review:

Designed for Murder is the fourth installment in author Avery Flynn’s Killer Style series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I have loved this entire series and highly recommend reading them all regardless.  This story was just as fast-paced and sexy as the others but there is just something about these two sexy geeky characters that puts it in the lead as my fave of the series thus far.  I loved it!

With so many things to love about this story, it’s hard to know where to start.  Mika is a star in the LARPing world and is determined to get her hands on the person responsible for hurting her gaming family.  It’s that determination that leads her to Maltese Security.  She’s no-nonsense and speaks what’s on her mind and I loved reading her.  Carlos has been burned in the past after falling for the wrong woman and because of her, he had given up the on-line gaming part of his life.  An on-line world hew as a gaming god in.  Now he was hell-bent on working cases in Maltese that didn’t include computers whatsoever.  Man, does fate have a plan for these two!

From start to finish, the heat and action in this story kept me glued to each page and every word.  This book starts out with a bang (pun intended lol!) and just got better and better.  Mika and Carlos are beyond smoking hot together and having to work together to stop these attacks added a layer I loved.  Mainly because after their initial meeting, neither one thought they’d ever see each each other again. Talk about a surprise when your supposed one night stand walks into your meeting at the security company you want to hire.  Their chemistry was undeniable and even though neither one was looking for a relationship, their pasts and both having gone through a traumatic event, will connect them on a level much deeper than just a working relationship.

The who-dun-it aspect was also done really well and was a mystery I loved getting to the bottom of.  But I have to say, my overall favorite thing about this story and these characters was the LARPing and the geekiness.  It was a fresh element and one I think a lot of us can relate to.  I’m a geek at heart myself so I loved the costumes and gaming.  Such a great addition to an amazing story.

Entertaining and lovable characters, sex, mystery, action…this book really is the whole package!  Thank you, Ms. Flynn, for another stellar addition to the Killer Style series.  I can’t wait to see what’s next!


Four-and-a-Half Loves

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About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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