Six Degrees of Lust (By Degrees, #1)
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Six Degrees of Lust (By Degrees #1)

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*WARNING FROM THE AUTHOR:
Six Degrees of Lust is both an ensemble novel and the first installment in the By Degrees serial. This means there are several point of views and the story will continue. Thanks.

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 relati...more
ebook, 389 pages
Published December 30th 2011 by MLR Press (first published December 27th 2011)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Dean, Tate, Dan, Ty & Hunter
4 stars.****Review posted June 4, 2013

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Our main protagonists are FBI agent and team leader Samuel (Sam) Shaughnessy who is living in New York, and bar manager Machlan (Mac) O'Bannon who is living in Houston, Texas. As a little side note: There is no denying it, Irish men are hawt. Sam is very busy working the case of a religious serial killer who is murdering young gay men. The evidence leads him and his team to Tangerine, a very popular gay club. Both men are bumping into each other at the airpo...more
Susan

Let me tell you why I would normally dislike this book:

* Too many characters
* All of whom are gay or bisexual
* All conveniently intertwined somehow
* All perfect

Let me tell you why I ended up loving this book:

* So many characters to choose from.
* All of whom are HOTLY gay or bisexual and attracted to one another
* All intertwined in this “six degrees” way that makes it fun to figure out who-knows-who
* All imperfectly perfect with interesting stories to be told


It’s a given I’m going to love Mac an...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
First and foremost, I feel like I should say that this is the first part of a serial and thank God for that because I can't wait to read more of Mac and Sam! I absolutely loved these guys!

Mac, a man who manages a bar from Texas, flies to New York with his boss to look at possible places for a second club location. Sam, an FBI agent, meets Mac at the airport when he drops everything to rescue his sister and nephew. Their brief encounter is intense and leaves them both with a longing to hook up. W...more
❧Gwen❤❦
5 Stars!


This is how I feel 1 Day after reading this book.....


and....

I WANT the next one NOW! I am glad as HELL I do NOT have to wait but a few weeks, otherwise I'd just DIE!

The Book and What I Loved

I Loved that he call's him Kitten!
I Love the chemistry "omg...off the charts" of Mac and Sam
I Love the email's...they were HILARIOUS!
I Loved Sam's Alpfa-uptightness
I Loved Mac's Alpfa-laid-backness.
I Love Logan...just for fu*#king being Logan.
I Loved Mac's voice, his accent stood out in word with per...more
Kelly
DNF AT 35%

I really wanted to like this book, but there were too many secondary characters and there was too much going on. I know the author is setting things up for a series, but she tried to pack way too much into this first book.

I think I'm in the minority here, so if you're thinking about reading this, give it a shot. You just might like it. In fact, I liked it enough that I'm not going to rate it because I might come back and finish it later.
Marina
Intriguing. Exciting. Alluring. Inevitable.


Flowing writing. Fully developped protagonists irresistible to the core. Secondary characters only enhancing the plot, never weakening it. Gripping cop sub-plot. A religious gay homophobic serial killer on the loose. An FBI agent swearing off all relationships. An ex-fireman battling the constant suffocating denial of his high-status family towards his choice of life. An accidental spark turned into an inflamatory sexual attraction and deep-seated emoti...more
MandyM
There's plenty to enjoy in this epic mystery/romance novel. Whoever wrote the blurb for this novel is smarter than me! I tried to summarise the story for my review and found it quite difficult. There's just so many things going on.

The book starts off with a creepy prologue about a serial killer in the making (very "Criminal Minds"). We then meet Sam, an FBI agent whose team is investigating a series of murders of young gay men, at the scene of the latest murder victim. Sam is a loner. Past trag...more
Susan65-Coug "Miss Behaving"
Can I give this more than 5 stars? Can the next book come out tomorrow? I can't wait to continue this amazingly intense and brilliantly written story. I have been waiting and waiting and reading my heart out trying to find something to rock my world and this story ROCKED MY WORLD!

I am not ready for Sam & Mac's story to end. I still need to know more about Logan, Sasha, Christian and Remy. They were all such amazing characters and deserve their time...and if that time is sooner then later I w...more
Ami
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Isabel
This book goes directly to my favorite M/M shelf!!!

Amazing plot, fantastic characters... well, a story that captivates from the beggining til the end!

Sam and Mac have an interesting, honest and beautiful relationship! The chemistry between them is mind-blowing and though Sam won't admit how serious in love he is and Mac plays along, the development is so exciting... I love them!

But I also love all the other characters: Chris, Remy, Logan... so many interesting and super hot men! They all took m...more
Amanda
09.02.13

Second time reading and it's still 5 stars -- read from 08.29.13-09.02.13


Wow. I just love this book. Normally when I'm rereading something I always have the "oh this is where such and such happens" or "ugh not that part -flips to next chapter-". No. I read every.single.bit of this book all the way through and it was like being introduced to it and Taylor V. Donovan for the very first time. I love that and it very rarely happens.

I have loved Sam and Mac since the very beginning. I really...more
Jenn
I'll give this a 3.5.

Overall, I would say its an enjoyable read. Mac and Sam were beyond hot together, and I liked the push/pull of their relationship, but there were some problems preventing me from giving this a higher rating.

The prologue was pretty damn creepy, and I got really excited that this book was going to be a m/m series that was really dark. I don't think it lived up to that in that department. While the mystery is focused on a serial killer religious fanatic, after the prologue I n...more
Chris
Pretty good m/m romantic suspense about an emotionally unavailable FBI agent who can't get a one-night stand out of his head, even as he's trying to track down a serial killer targeting gay men. This book was heading toward a solid four-star rating before a nasty cliffhanger ending. Pretty much nothing at all was resolved. That makes me really, really cranky.
Dreamer
Excellent m/m mystery romance, only problem is neither the romance nor the mystery is resolved in this book, we have to wait for book two for that. A host of interesting characters in this book principally Sam Shaughnessy, New York FBI team leader and his 'friend with benefits' Mac O'Bannon, Texan bar manager. Then there is the serial killer targeting blond gay twinks across numerous states.

Sam is 33 years old, 6'3" midnight black hair with blue eyes and a swimmer's build. He is determined not...more
T.A. Webb
Sam Shaughnessy is a complex man. He is the team leader of an elite group of FBI agents tracking a serial killer preying an gay men. He is a family man, committed to his sister and his nephew, who he is on his way to fetch after his abusive brother in law takes it one step too far. He is the still grieving father and ex husband. And he is the flirt who has one night stands and never lets his heart come into play.

In the airport on his way to get his sister and nephew, he meets Mac O'Bannon. Mac i...more
Kade Boehme
I have got to start by saying that my absolute most favorite thing about this book was definitely Mac. He is pretty much in my dream man category. He's a big dude... like really big, ex firefighter, bartender, protective, really really sweet and so laid back. (and not a douche bag in any way, which would b a rarity in the shitty guys i am usually attracted to). He really goes for it. Against his family, his shitty old friend Amy, and coming out to his friends he still has that sweet courage to m...more
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
4.5 Stars

You know those books your friends just rave about? The ones you run off to buy and mark on your TBR based on the excitement alone. This was one of those books. However, anytime a book comes with a warning in the blurb I get a little nervous. When I heard this book has a HFN ending I started to push it further down the list. Well, I finally read it and it was great. Leaving me wanting to smack myself for waiting so long to read it because I loved it. I can’t wait for the next one! Coming...more
Ana
4+ Stars

I loved this book, I've really enjoyed it a lot.

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In this instalment Sam and Mac are in the second group, they don't want to love each other, they only want to liberate their desire, his sexual atraction is electrifying.

The topic is centered in the no committed relationship between Sam (FBI agent) and Mac (bar manager and former firefighter), both gorgeous alpha males living far apart and who the destiny makes collide. They are only interested to take care of his high sexual attraction bu...more
SilkeeeeeeReads
Ooh La La. Loved the MCs in this book and can't wait for the next installment. If you enjoy brooding characters with a depth you can grab onto and make your heart go out to them, you'll enjoy the first installment of this sequel.
Bev

5 stars and from me even though there were the usual MLR niggles with spellings, punctuation etc.,

I adored this story of Sam, the big tough New York detective who is leader of the Hate Crimes department and is on a mission to find the 'Leviticus' murderer (and yes folks, you get to find out all about our friendly Leviticus and what he preached in the Bible...it certainly wasn't toleration) before he kills many more gay guys in both New York AND Houston, and his dream man (and mine) Mac who jus...more
ElaineY
This started rather unpromisingly for me. While Mac and Sam got my attention right from their first encounter, the rest of the story for the first half of the book seemed undecided as to which genre it belonged to - romance or romantic suspense. I also had the same problem with it as Ami did - and I didn't read her review until now - the book was fractured by the intermittent scene changes involving a lot of secondary characters. I found it rather annoying because, like Ami, I, too, like keeping...more
LutaWolf
I admit to putting this off because of proof reading other Donovan work and it's soooo good that I had a hard time believing the author could strike gold twice. I owe Taylor a big fat appology because this is fucking magic. Everything and I do mean everything just sucked me in and I could not put the book down. The suspence both with the plot and in the relationship, the emotion, and oh God the amount of detial put into the story could have me orgasiming. This isn't a five star it's a fucking si...more
Alec
This was like watching every episode of a great TV drama back to back, getting to the season finale, and now you have to wait all summer to get season 2. So much happened, so many people were involved, that I did make a chart to keep track of everyone. The romance for the main characters wrapped up in a really great way for me, but everything about the mystery and all the other character's separate stories are still unsolved. I'm keeping my chart handy and looking forward to the next book.
Sara
I loved this book, it kept me on my toes the whole way through. I am a keen lover of multiple POV's and this had plenty! The dynamic between Mac and Sam was slow building but intense and I really cannot wait for the next book, especially since the freaking thing ended with a cliffhanger!

This was the second book by this author I've read and both books were fantastic.
LauraZu
5 GIGANTIC STARS!!!

Holy Shit Im so freaking glad I read this!!!

Six Degrees of Lust is the first installment in the By Degrees series. Though i'd check the Southern Winterland shortie first...

Samuel Shaughnessy is a NYC FBI team leader of the Hate Crimes Division, a team that specifically deals with crimes of religious nature or against the LGBT community, he lives for his family and his job, after a hazy past he's determined to never get seriously involved with anyone, openly bisexual, none of h...more
Anna
This book went from 4 stars to 3 stars the whole time.. so I'm giving it a 3.5 stars. I did really like it and it probably would've been 4 or 4.5 stars if the book was more focused on the relationship between the two MCs and not everyone around them too. I'm already not a fan of books that show both MCs POVs, but I learned to deal with it because most books are like that... but in this book there were at least 5 different POVs and I hated that. There were pages and pages of characters' POVs of w...more
Lady*M
3.5 stars

After reading Heatstroke from the Hot Summer Days anthology several months ago, I jumped to the opportunity to read and review Taylor V. Donovan’s first longer work. A romance with a dash of mystery? It should have been perfect for me. Unfortunately, Six Degrees of Lust doesn't quite live up to the expectations amazing Heatstroke awoke. Also, the very short Southern Winterland precedes this novel, but it is not necessary for you to read it. It is a snippet about two secondary characters...more
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Synopsis:

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 m...more
GymGuy
I'm a little bit torn on rating this book. There was much to really like about it and then some things that I thought were awkward.

Here's what I thought didn't work: While I understand that the author was trying to lay the groundwork for future installments in the series, too much was presented in the first book. There were far too many characters and far too many relationships. After awhile I just glazed over. Most other books that do this try and keep each book self-contained to some degree....more
L-D
Samuel Shaughnessy is an FBI agent who, after a bitter divorce, keeps himself emotionally unavailable. He finds the perfect solution to his physical needs when he bumps into Machlan O'Bannon at an airport. Mac is just in NYC on business and lives in Texas where he runs a bar. A one night stand with no chance of anything deeper is perfect for Sam. Mac wants to live as an out and proud gay man and after years of keeping his relationships under wraps, Mac is ready for something more serious. While...more
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Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and 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.

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“Logan to Sam "You know, sometimes life puts people in our way at unexpected times. And even if we think them to be inconvenient, the connection can be intense, it'll change the scheme of things. Whenever something like that happens, it is best to go with it, because no amount of refusal or denial is going to make a difference in whatever is meant to be” 5 likes
“I’m with friends. Leaving with them, too… unless any of you guys want to take me home?” The come-hither look was back in full force.
“Not a chance.” Sam slid out of the booth.
“Not on the clock,” Logan said.
“Not with witnesses,” Zane countered.
“Not even gay,” Duncan finished.”
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