Everyday people fall in love in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. No one knows that better than BDSM author Laura Antoniou, best known for her erotic Marketplace series. But this time, her characters are falling in love at a leather contest (think part educational conference part kinky beauty pageant) –plus Detective Rebecca Feldblum has to make sense of all this while solving a murder. That’s the story behind The Killer Wore Leather.
The story takes place at the Grand Sterling Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, home of the huge annual fetish ball and contest, Mr. & Ms. Global Leather.Contest veteran Cormac “Mack” Steel made a lot of enemies in his year wearing the studded leather sash, many of them in the hotel that very weekend. That gives Feldblum hundreds of potential suspects when Mack is found dead on the floor in his suite, wearing only very frilly, bright yellow panties. As the very vanilla detective navigates the underworld to discover who murdered the late Mr. Global Leather, the twists and turns of the story also bring Rebecca back in touch with her ex-girlfriend, Trudy, who dumped Rebecca when she became a cop. It just so happens that now Trudy is finding Rebecca’s uniform pretty sexy.
Meanwhile, Maureen “Bitsy” Olmstead, head volunteer for the Mr. and Ms. Global Leather contest, is on the hunt for the perfect man. She is a dangerously curvaceous, strong-minded woman packed into a beautiful corset, and she’s ready to find the master of her dreams. Volunteer Bitsy is too busy and distracted at first to notice when she starts to draw the attention of a handsome man who just might fill the bill. Bitsy’s hot date with Tom starts with a dance and ends in an evening of passionate lovemaking that leaves Bitsy – and hopefully the reader – very, very satisfied.
The Killer Wore Leather is a great murder mystery, and a fun look at a very important facet of the BDSM community. And for romance fans, Antoniou’s appealing and well-developed characters offer a wonderful – and sexy – introduction to love in leather.