Love's Last Refuge

#Review of MAX by Bey Deckard #LaunchDay

It’s LAUNCH DAY for the highly anticipated MAX by Bey Deckard.

And this is me… fangirling like a boss!

The author says:

Folks who dislike unhealthy relationships, are sensitive to consent ambiguity, or have eurotophobia should take a big step back from this story.

It’s dark… ish and full of mindfuckery.

Substance abuse, pornography, violence, cheating, unprofessional behaviour, criminal intent, abuse… and good lord, the lies.


Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.

As Max weaves himself into Crane’s life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.

When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?


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Max is a study in contrasts, a war zone where hubris and the collapse of superego duke it out in an arena of narcissistic violence and sly manipulation. Max is the ultimate predator, conducting the hunt with precision and control. But Max also likes to play with his food. It’s the reason they incarcerate his kind behind layers of barricades.

One wonders… who are they trying to protect?

Crane is a neophyte and clearly not prepared for the sophisticated performance Max and his alter-ego execute under the guise of seeking his professional help, and from the get-go control shifts in a smoke and mirrors game with Crane mesmerized, confused and complicit.

Trained to ask questions, Crane the psychologist attempts to parse the inner space of his patient-client, to explore the answers to those questions, to enlighten, to understand. The trick is figuring out that sometimes answers are the last thing you want or need.

Watching Crane implode under the sheer audacity and allure of Max’s pathologies is fascinating… and terrifying. A train wreck, roadkill you can’t turn away from… dissection and resection… Max vs Crane is a tour de force of sensual transgression. Will you take sides—Team Max or Team Crane? I dare you not to.

Bottom line: read Max at your peril.

But read it.

Five enthusiastic stars and highly recommended, triggers be damned.