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Torn and Frayed

(A Gabriel Church Tale #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Conscience isn’t something all people are born with…

Gabriel Church is a portrait in contrast. It would be easy to get lost in his pale-blue eyes, ache with the need to feel the strength of his masculine frame. He appears to be nothing but animal and instinct. The only people who know the full depth of that truth are dead, murdered, or two thousand miles away.
Published July 23rd 2018 by NineStar Press (first published January 9th 2016)
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So the chase is on or it was and then it wasn’t! I must admit this second book had me intrigued from the word go. In the first book, Rubble and the Wreckage, Gabriel leaves Christian and hits the road. Once again driven by self-preservation and not wanting to get Christian tangled up in his life.

He lands up in San Antonio and after arriving wanders into a church that catches his interest. In the first book we learnt that Gabriel has a rather twisted relationship with religion embedded deep in his childhood mem
Melissa Mendoza
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Title:Torn and Frayed
Author: Rodd Clark
Publisher: Smashwords
Release Date: January 9, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 386
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Gabe is a serial killer. For the first time in his life, he has more on his mind than his own survival. This time he is running from Seattle to protect the only person he thinks innocent in his laundry list of crime and murder: Christian Maxwell, his biographer and unexpected lover. Drawn to a place he never thought to return, Gabe finds new and different realities. Realities that insist he let go of his tragic past, those incredible5
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Gabriel Church is on the run. After years of fulfilling - what he claims to be - his calling from God, he's done something that just might get him caught.

The story starts where book 1 ended, Gabriel had left Christian in an effort to save him. After Gabriel killed Shea, he knew things would go south and thought if he stayed away from Christian that he would be protecting him.

Read my full review here!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not having encountered the first book in the Gabriel Church series, Rubble and the Wreckage, before reading this story, I checked out the blurb and some of the reviews for #1 and formed an outline of the original plot. It seems the most important elements are recapped in Torn and Frayed.

Gabriel Church is a serial killer on the run. He’d been prepared to tell the world how and why he’d despatched so many victims over the years. Christian Maxwell is the biographer who unofficially inte
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to RUBBLE AND THE WRECKAGE has torn and frayed my nerve ends to the extent that it’s difficult to write about it. This book is a careening ride to hell in an old Dodge truck, its slick tires and rusty chassis eating the miles along the hard pavement of southwestern U.S. highways, up the spine of California , to the bones of the northwest its driver had once left behind. It’s a road trip through a diseased mind. It’s the odyssey of a killer, and it’s the voyage of a pitiable soul seek ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is book two of this series and just like with Book 1 (Rubble and the Wreckage) I barely breathed. It's a very suspenseful story. Gabriel Church is a serial killer. He's cold, malicious, somewhat detached. He's also got the charming magnetism that draws his prey. Rodd Clark does an outstanding job of making a chill go up your spine with Gabriel. However, he does have a softness. As much as a serial killer can that is, and it's in the form of his biographer and ex-lover Christian Maxwell. Tha ...more
Pam Kay
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another brilliantly written novel by Rodd Clark of the Gabriel Church Tales. #2 in the series, the saga continues with Gabe leaving Christian in Seattle after he has murdered an artist. Gabe is trying to make sure Christian is not tied to this one. He continues his journey reflecting about his past life and how his father made an impact on his life. Gabe continues to be haunted by his relationship with Christian and leaving him behind. Gabe knew they both felt the love that stood betwee ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to get back into the mind of Gabriel Church, and see where he has been since he left Christian Maxwell behind. The murder of Shea Baltimore was the catalyst that sent Gabe back on the run and left an almost despondent Christian in his rear view mirror to deal with the aftermath of that unexpected, and most regrettable, fateful act.

Torn and Frayed, by Rodd Clark takes the readers on an all-encompassing journey back to Gabe’s childhood as he reminisces about his life and what it may h/>Torn
Lorraine Lesar
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I have to be truthful here, the thought of reading a book about a psychopathic killer, who’s doing God’s work (well, sort of………remember he’s a psychopath!) didn’t immediately grab me and it took quite a few pages to get into this storyline, but once I did, I was grabbed in a voyeuristic sort of way. I was looking as an outsider, watching the storyline unfold but getting emotionally involved at the same time and before I knew it, had read the book practically in one sitting.

Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4.5 Stars

**copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

After Christian's feelings for Gabe become too serious, he does something that puts them both at risk. Gabe is left to clean up the mess with a murder. Gabe has to take care of a witness, that Christian created in a state of jealousy. Gabe is now traveling across the U.S., but still can't get Chris out of his mind. As much as Gabe would like to deny it, when it comes to Chris he has fallen in love. Not th
Karolina Cebula
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

It's been two months since Gabriel left Seattle and resumed his endless journey around the country. Although during this time the man has returned to his old habits, he can't stop thinking about his beloved, who irreversibly changed something in him and whom he simply misses. Torn between who he was and who he became, beating his thoughts and feelings that he did not even suspect to ever know, Gabriel visits the St. Joseph
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Torn and Frayed-A Gabriel Church Tale-Book 2 by Rodd Clark

Serial killer Gabe is a very complex killer and for the first time in his life there's more on his mind than just surviving. Now in book 2 Gabe is running from Seattle in order to protect his biographer and lover a.k.a. Christian. Gabe never believed he would be back here but he is and he must now make the best of it. He has to let go of his past and insecurities in order to have the love from Christian but can he cha
Andrea Goodell
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book two and you should read in order.

While in book one, we spend the whole time learning about the deeds that Gabe had been up to during his career. In this one, we find out more about the man himself. What made him, why he ran, why he came back how he’s going to deal.

Normally I’m not a fan of a book that is mainly a character talking to himself, but for the first half of this book, we’ve got Gabe running away from Chris and the situation. So while he’s running,
To me this book seemed to take a long time to get to the story. There was alot of time spent in the past especially in Gabe's talks with the priest.
Yes, he was back to murdering and there were gory scenes.
I guess there will be a third book brut am wondering how it will play out. I think he either needs to be caught or go away with Christian and make a life so ewhere.
My heart just about broke when he left Christian again.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good even I haven't read the first instrument of this series but rather good for a M/M romance book.
Molly Lolly
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Three stars!
This story was slow to start and I had trouble getting invested. I was so excited about this book so I could find out what happens with Gabriel and Christian. There is more rehashing of the previous book than I would have preferred in a sequel. I felt like I didn’t get much new story until farther in. I liked getting to learn more of Gabriel’s background, but much of it was touched on in the first book. This was just more in depth. Being inside Gabri
Jan 02, 2016 marked it as rainy-day-review-queue  ·  review of another edition
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Even though this was a re-read, I think I loved this one even more the second time around. There's just something about Gabe and Chris...they are flawed and awful most of the time, but they are also so very wonderful. I LOVE this series!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

He's a very complicated guy. One minute you see they human man and the next, he is a monster. I'm curious how this ends.
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Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment. Check out his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many different kinds of books. His characters have darkly distinctive voices and all with a twisted bent in the story; as illustrated by his popular release "Rubble and the Wreckage". The follow-up sequel was just released titl ...more

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A Gabriel Church Tale (3 books)
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