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Gazes Into You

(Mr & Mr Detective #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Ex-detective John Right likes to watch.
There's no harm in it.

The latest object of his obsession—a twenty-something stranger who chains his bike outside John's office—doesn't feel the weight of John's eyes on him, doesn't know about the secret recordings or what John does with them in the dead of night. Except when the kid disappears, John finds himself doing far more that
Published March 16th 2017 by Alex Jane (first published March 15th 2017)
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*** 1.5 stars ***

On the plus side: This isn't the worst book I've read. It's not even the worst book I've read this year.

On the minus side: Pretty much everything else.

A one-word review of this book, to save you from reading further: Amateurish.

The longer version, in case you're interested:
Sometimes a writer will rework the first few chapters of a novel over and over, until the quality of the early pages is noticeably higher than what follows. Perhaps that's what happened here. Or perhaps the
***4.5 Happy Dance***

Detective stories, whether P.I.s or Police, are probably my favorite and I'm super happy to have found this one. In many aspects this a pretty standard "former cop becomes a P.I." story, but with a nice twist. One person's perversions can be someone else's kink.

John Right is a former NYPD who was forced to retire after being injured in the line of duty. To keep busy, and get out of his house & head he's been doing night time security at the offices of a pharmaceutical compa
So much of John's actions made me squirm - the whole sexual aspect of voyeurism and how it borders on non-sensual when the object of your obsession doesn't know you're looking at them. How it's barely a step back from porn (of a sort and depending on what it does for you) and how that whole "interaction" changes when you actually get to know the person you were using for fap material.

I kinda loved that, love being challenged and forced to think, to consider my own actions/thoughts...and the rest
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
4.25 stars from me, and thank you Alex for the ARC of this story, the first in a new series.

I was a little wary at the start....I mean, what did I call John?? Voyeur, Peeping Tom or stalker but when it was explained why he did what he did then I sort of got it. Protective could be another word that described him, intense and slightly socially awkward are also applicable I feel, but when all's said and done, he took very good care of Jason (Jay) once the mystery of Jay going missing had been solv
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Anke
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Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice book. Sweetish. Some may have issues regarding the peeping component at the beginning but John isn't a bad guy and he does think about it and make amends. Personally, I would have liked the book to have been unapologetic in that regard instead of evolving into a sweet contemporary story. The crime storyline rolled along at a decent pace throughout.

I picked this up on Amazon because of the blurb, and while it didn't really go in the direction I expected, the book was enjoyable. I
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, browsing around on amazon, who would guess - you find a great read! This new to me author was a surprising find; great writing, couldn't stop reading, compelling storyline, believable development, thankfully nothing over the top. And now I'm waiting for the next book. Hopefully not too long! ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers if well written books
John Right was forced to retire from being a cop after an accident made him unfit for duty. He's drifting through his life as a gloried security guard, when a young man and his bike become a nightly focal point of his existence.

Jason aka Jay works in a bar across the street from John's security job. Little does he know that he is under constant surveillance. One night Jay's life and consequently, John's are forever altered when Jay disappears.

I loved this story and the characters. The mystery
15% dnf. Not feeling the author's writing style. ...more
J.P. Jackson
This was a fun read, with a few issues.

Normally I do not get hung up on technical and editorial issues - because I'm the worst and can never figure out when to use a comma, but this story really was littered with missing words, incorrect words and some unusual jumps in time. So much so that I had to re-read the first few chapters just to make sure I hadn't missed something.

So, that aside (which really made me have to dock a full star), the story was a good read with cops, private detectives, ins
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I was goin to DNF this book after its first chapter, I found John was a perveted-creepy stalker, but hey... you cant always have a nice-kind-perfect MC, right? So I continued my reading. And as the story goes, mysteries unfolded, so does John's. At some point I want to give him a free hug :)

But, to be honest, I still want to drop it, if it's not for the mystery and Chris and Marty. John and sometimes Jason, still made me frustrated here and there because of their stupidity.

I hope the story will
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Gazes Into You (Mr & Mr Detective #1) Alex Jane
1) As it’s quite obvious from my writing, this was my favorite read of this year’s submissions. This was the perfect mystery for me and I found it hard to put it down. John Right read a bit like Monk, if Monk was cool and hot and had a tragic backstory. His stalker behavior was creepy and endearing at the same time and I loved that all the other characters, while understanding it and its causes, never brushed i
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku-borrow, m-m
3.5 stars Could have been better

Pretty good overall except the creepy voyeur aspect gets normalized. The reason given wasn’t enough to justify it nor was it very logical when adding the sexual aspect. The suspense and mystery was good although the plot was a little fuzzy around the edges. Still, it held my interest and made me want to discover the motivation. Sex scenes were okay, very moderate heat. There should have been a lot more mental therapy along the way for both characters.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A fast read with a bunch of likable male characters. The investigation wasn't really detailed, but since John wasn't really a detective anymore, it's alright. I liked the slow pace of the romance, and that after John's "perversion" (which didn't bother because maybe I'm just that insensitive) in the beginning, John was a decent man and didn't think with his dick for the rest of the story.

Things that annoyed me:
- John's stupidity of (view spoiler)
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fact that you're reading mostly from the perspective of an anti-hero is awesome, and the rest of the story balances itself nicely. The dialogue is good, the mystery is engaging, and the romance is sweet and realistically complex. ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 stars

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange of an honest review.

Alex Jane is one of the fairly new writers to me, whose writing I rather enjoy. I read “Home Is Where You Are”, book 1 in “Alphas' Homestead” series by Alex Jane last year and really enjoyed it. It was a debut novel, solidly written for what it was worth. I flew through it, couldn’t put it down. Book 2 in the series was less angst ridden and more fluffy than I would have liked, so it got a slightly lower rating t
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

When I start the book I wasn't sure what I should think about John and his unhealthy obsession to watch men from the distance. Soon the reader gets to know that John has a kind of twisted passion, a need to watch without being traced.

When his observation leads into a search for a young man, Jason, it seems only John can help.

I admit sometimes I was a bit disgusted by John, then I understood what his purpose is and l
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the sequel! Great new series, 4.25 stars!

Yes, the blurb originally made me hesitant to buy this book, but it kept calling to me. Finally bought it and read it today. Couldn't put it down and I've already added a reminder to look for the sequel in April 2018!

So why am I not giving it 5 stars? Partially it's because of the sloppy editing (mostly extra and/or missing words). Partially it's because of what's missing, or what happened "off camera, but that's not really it; I can't put
Alison Edmunds
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gazes into You is a book that I bought when it first came out, after reading the sample. It then fell down my TBR list which I now regret.

Wow! This is a book that I read in less than 24 hours, even forgoing a couple of hours sleep. While reading the sample, when it would have been easy to dismiss John as creepy, I could sense there was more to him than voyeur. Boy, am I glad that I was right! He is a brilliantly, perhaps even sympathetically, drawn character.

The relationship between John and Ja
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the sound of the plot, but when I started actually reading it the MC did come off as really creepy. I'm not kink shaming, I think it was the way he was so ashamed and embarrassed about his behaviour that made it a bit uncomfortable. Then I got to chapter 4 and suddenly I was riveted. The characters were complex and interesting, maybe not Jason so much, as there wasn't much background or information about him, but John and Chris felt three dimensional, but my favourite character was Marty ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery, once I read the teaser, I just had to read this. I had to know what happened to the guy who chained his bike every evening, then disappeared. It was like a planted seed that was growing. When you read the blurb, the security guard did come across as creepy as he was watching through the security camera... It wasn’t what it seems. Will be watching this Author for more. Good reading
Maryann Kafka
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent mystery with a bit of a different twist. John and Jason solid characters and lot's of interesting secondary characters too. This is my first read from Alex Jane, how did I miss this!!! Can't wait for the next installment in this series. Alex Jane just gained a new follower!!! ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightfully naughty detective story with unexpectedly sweet romance plot.

A young man locks his bike outside the office where John works every night at 8:15, John has spent the past several months watching him from a window unseen. Then one day the kid doesn't turn up. After 8 days John takes matters to his own hands and goes looking for him, eventually finding him at the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The young man, called Jay, has been a victim of a vicious kidnap and assault and i
Jackie Berkel
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just that good.

This is a great story and the best bests is that the title says book 1.
Hoping follow up is published sometime tomorrow.
And I totally agree with that review saying no new MC's needed.
John and Jason's tale albeit hea is by no means complete.
Pamela Raglin
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying Mystery

Definitely not a meet-cute book. Ex-cop with a disturbing tendency to watch and the guy he watched until suddenly there is only a space instead of a face all leading into an excellent read.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all

Good story. I hate when a story hits you with a pivotal point then jumps a year or so into the future but other than that a good read.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Waiting on book two for sure!
Impossible not to like John.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different but great

I never knew voyeurism could be sexy.
Great mystery. Wonderfully eclectic characters. Good story line. Would buy this author again.
Patrice Leonard
No rating because this just wasn't to my taste, one of the MC's is WAY too young for my reading tastes. So, I'm quitting while I'm ahead. :)
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