Friday, July 6, 2012

A Self-Portrait (Portrait #4) by J.P. Bowie

A Self-Portrait (Portrait, #4)
Living with a private investigator can bring an element of danger into one's life as Peter Brandon finds out in this new novel by J.P. Bowie. When his partner Jeff Stevens disappears on a routine trip to meet a friend in LA, Peter's intuition alerts him to the fact that Jeff is somehow being held against his will. Determined to find him, Peter reaches out to his deceased lover, Phillip, through the unbreakable psychic bond that still exists between them. Traumatized into unconsciousness, he dreams and remembers the life-defining relationship he had with Phillip and the subsequent events that took him almost to the point of death--and back. On waking, and with the certain knowledge that Phillip will aid him in his search, he and his close friends Andrew and David, set out to find Jeff. They enlist the help of Nick Fallon, a NYPD detective, who flies in to help them and together they face a cult of Satanists led by Paul Lefevre, a mad illusionist promising his followers eternal life. Lefevre attempts to take control of Peter's bond with Phillip by holding Peter's mother hostage--a mistake that will cost Lefevre dearly as Phillip exacts a terrible revenge.
A Self-Portrait is an entertaining mix of romance and suspense, of enduring love and friendship, and above all, the human spirit's indomitable will to survive.

                                                                   4.75 STARS

I started reading this series and the accompanying series Nick Fallon awhile back (yes everyone knows I'm a sucker for series' right?) and it sorta branches off into  a prequel of the Portrait series.
I liked these characters, but Peter has to be my favorite outta of the four Main ones. If you have read them in order then you find out what Peter has been through in his life, but this one gives a little more insight into Peter's past with Phillip and how they met, what brought them together and how they managed to stay together. Up until that awful night where both their lives are changed forever. 

It's also a murder mystery but we get to see more of how each character even past ones from previous books become how they are which leads to the Nick Fallon series. I have to say I love A Self-Portrait it's intense but beautiful in it's story telling, you see how lucky Peter is too not only have found love in Phillip but in Jeff as well. I highly recommend but this entire series is worth starting with the first book, you won't be disappointed. Mr. Bowie' stories are always entertaining and I have enjoyed everyone I have read.

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