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  • Headcase

  • Necessary Evils, Book 4
  • By: Onley James
  • Narrated by: Liam DiCosimo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

Asa Mulvaney is half of a psychopathic whole. He and his twin brother live together, party together…kill together. In the Mulvaney family, murder is the family business and business is good. So, when an experiment separates Asa and his brother, Asa is forced to navigate the world on his own for the first time in his life.

Zane Scott is a small-time crime blogger and amateur sleuth, but he dreams of a byline in a major paper someday. When he winds up at a boring fundraiser beside Asa Mulvaney, they share an intensely passionate encounter that leaves Zane with an ache in his chest and a story idea that could make his career dreams a reality.

At a nearby college, a cluster of suicides isn’t what it seems. When Asa’s father asks him to look into it, he sees the perfect opportunity to see his little crime reporter again. And Asa needs to see him again. Zane’s suspicious of Asa’s motives, but he won’t say no to a chance to peek behind the Mulvaney family curtains. 

As the two unravel a sinister plot, Asa’s obsession with Zane grows and Zane finds being Asa’s sole focus outweighs almost anything, maybe even his career—which is good for Asa because loving a Mulvaney is a full-time job. Can he convince Zane that he’s worth navigating a family of psychopaths and his pathologically jealous twin, or will Zane learn the hard way that the Mulvaney boys always get what they want? Always. 

Headcase is a high-heat, intense, lovers-to-frenemies, psychopath romance with an HEA and no cliff-hangers. It features an obsessive, calculating psychopath and a wannabe reporter who will stop at nothing to earn himself a major byline. As always, there’s gratuitous violence, very dark humor, enough killers to fill an auditorium, and enough heat to melt your audiobook player. This is book four in the Necessary Evils series. Each book follows a different couple.

©2022 Onley James (P)2022 Onley James

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An intriguing romance & a dark, unsettling mystery

As addicted as I am to the Mulvaney family, what made this audio so powerful to me was Zane. The story of his brother's death and the twisted game that led to it took what was already an intriguing romance and turned it into an intensely satisfying, dark mystery. I loved every second of Asa and Zane's primal encounters, but I lived for the moments they spent tracking down clues and falling further and further down the rabbit hole of the Blue Whale challenge. Yes, the things they uncovered were horrific, sometimes devastating, but it only fueled my desire to see Zane and the Mulvaneys hunt down the monsters who set it up. More than ever, this audio convinced me that the Mulvaneys were dishing out karma to the worst of society, and honestly I'm a little scared of how viciously satisfied I was to see the bad guys suffer in the end.

Zane may have initially approached Asa as part of an undercover mission, but that quickly devolved into a hot as heck hookup that I was desperately hoping wouldn't end after one night. I didn't really expect the rest of the Mulvaneys to get involved so fast, but the larger their clan grows the more chaos they seem to attract. I was kinda expecting Zane and Asa to dance around each other for longer than they did, but before a full day had even passed all their cards were on the table. I was a bit nervous that their tenuous relationship would collapse before either man really gave it a chance, but having a shared purpose beyond sexual compatibility made everything slot into place. While I was a huge fan of the rough, claiming nature of their first nights together, Zane and Asa needed something more to link them together outside the bedroom (or staircase or floor or wherever else Asa took control). Working together on the investigation showed me all the little nuances of how Asa treated Zane differently than anyone else, and for a psychopath, that was a pretty strong indicator of how special he really was. Asa may not be able to feel love in the traditional sense, but the possessiveness he felt over Zane, the way he would literally kill for him, was just as satisfying to me. My only (mostly fake) complaint is that I didn't get a first hand account of all those wildly inventive, explosive-sounding roleplays they engaged in.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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Absolutely loved it

Yet another brilliant performance in this series. Avi has a much different personality than the other Mulvaney brothers and this really comes through. Another great story along with the relationship development between the two MCs and definitely on the relisten list.

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  • C.
  • 02-06-22

Another winner in the Necessary Evils series!

Asa's book was as good as the previous ones and I can't wait for Avi's book to see how these twins will accommodate their significant others in their lives.

The downside was that we didn't get to see enough of the twins interacting, the story was focused on the couple. Since book 1 we have been reading about their connection and the prologue shows how strong that bond is, but we get more telling than showing, and I missed seeing it on-page.

Perfect narration!

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These two just fit together

I had read this book before so I’m including my original review. I feel lucky enough to be able to listen to this story. It’s been a little while since I read it and I remember how much I loved it. Now with the voice of someone else it sure gave me the sense of the layers of these guys and their stories. As I’ve listened to this story and have heard over and over again how these guys don’t naturally show emotion nor feelings it comes out how much they actually do. What is love if not the wanting to protect and make your partner happy. That is what comes out in all of this series. It really shows up in Asa as he again and again tries to do things for Zane that he feels Zane is unable to do. I so appreciate the chance to hear their story since Liam DiCosimo gives personality to these guys. It is also entertaining now each of these guys can dread a “talk” from their dad even when it does not come. I again had the problem with this as with the other stories in that I don’t want them to end. This author just has the ability to make the stories so good that I hate waiting for the next.
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I’m tempted to say this is the best of the series but I have loved each book and all the characters so it’s hard to pick the best. This story sure grabbed my attention from the start. Asa and Zane have an unusual start to a relationship. Asa kidnaps Zane and from there so many unpredictable events happen. This author has the ability to put together a story unlike any other and made me love psychopaths. Although each story states that the ability to love by the “brothers” as something they can’t do yet I’ve found in their own way they all display that deep affection. I laughed at the business call Asa had. I felt really sad for Zane and Gage’s relationship with their parents. I was surprised at Avi’s reaction to Zane. I have to say the one negative I have about this story is it leaves me melancholy. I don’t want the book to end.

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pray vs predictor

this is about one of the twins. they've been separated to see how they'd react and unforuently or fortunately Asa replaced his brother with Zane which started a hot as hell romance add in a mystery that hit close to Zane and we have a great addition to the series. the audio just added to the overall enjoyment to the story

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  • Kelsey Kendall
  • 13-06-22

I’m Obsessed With This WHOLE Series

This is actually my first audiobook for this series but it was SO good. It was kind of fun hearing what the narrator thought both MCs sounded like. I love Asa and Zane. And hearing someone read a few of these scenes out loud was FIRE. I will admit that I was a LITTLE sad that it wasn’t dual narration but Liam did a pretty good job of having a “voice” for both guys. He said was clear and he emphasized and added feeling in exactly all the right places. It’s crazy how fast this book felt like it was over! And the pace was good. I caught myself wishing it were longer. I know this isn’t the first book but now I want to start listening from the beginning! Asa and Zane made my heart flutter in the best way and I love how they came alive in this audiobook!!

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  • Kristina Stephens
  • 29-08-22

my favorite

Asa is definitely my favorite Mulvaney ever since he and Avi were described as the murder twins. I'm so glad this has come to audible. I love Asa and Zane together so much, their banter is the best. I'm so happy this series exists.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-08-22

Aw

This book was so cute. loved how the romance went, it was like a whirlwind. everything hit hard and fast and lasted. Also, I completely love how it described the twins and how their twinning works with them specifically. It seems really cool and really makes u wonder...

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  • W.
  • 10-07-22

My guilty pleasure

Fun , over the top, silly , fluffy, with gratuitous violence and lots of steamy encounters sums of this story. One listen/reads books as this one just to escape from the everyday.

Liam DiCosimo narration was good.

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  • Priscila Santos
  • 05-07-22

Amazing!

I’ve already read it and love the history. Can’t wait for Felix and Avi’s!
The audiobook is amazing! Liam DiCosimo is doing a great job in the Necessary Evils Series.

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  • Kuba Bołtacz
  • 13-06-22

Great choince of the voice actor

I’ve already been enamoured with the story when I read the the ebook but there’s something about hearing it that makes it even better. The narrator does a great job portraying all characters without falling into the pitfall of doing silly voices. It’s very easy to listen to, even at 1,5 speed. Highly recommend.

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  • Traci S
  • 10-06-22

Great listen, excellent series!

Highly recommend! This series is amazing and I loved Asa and Zane, their predator and prey dynamic is super compelling and their chemistry is off the charts. I really loved the mix of danger and sweetness with this couple, especially how Asa makes it his mission to help heal the damage Zane carries from his brother’s death and his parents disregard. The narrator does an excellent job bringing both the relationship and mystery to life. This one has an excellent mystery for the Mulvaney’s to investigate and bad guys that are really terrifying. Fun, steamy and engaging listen.

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  • Marmonner
  • 08-06-22

Fantastic Series

I love this series and it will be an auto buy for me each time a book comes out. Unfortunately with this one, this is the one book in the series that felt rushed and maybe just a little…incomplete . I still really like it and obviously still purchased it and rated it high. Headcase follows Asa, one of the twins in the family, and it’s the precursor to Avi’s story which is the next one up, and probably the more anticipated of the two due to the teasing about the relationship between Avi and Felix. So Headcase comes off as a rushed, unfinished story because the author doesn’t want to give away everything about the twins before you’ve had a chance to read both. It dabbles with primal play as the kink and while that is hot, it kinda gets away from that and the ‘primalness’ that you would expect Asa to have, turning it more into a possessiveness that all the boys tend to have for their partners. The overal story arc is good but having listened to this after already read the book, I think the narration actually highlighted some of the timeline inconsistencies and continuation errors. Which is another reason this book felt rushed to print. Some of this should have been caught or more refined by an editor.
The narration as always is fantastic. Some other readers have balked at these books being written in 3rd person POV but I think with all the characters due to the sheer size of the family, it just works. And the narration captures the nuances between characters beautifully. And because it’s the same narrator between books, each character sounds the same between books, even when they go from primary to secondary characters, and this narrator gives each character their own voice. I don’t start a new book in the series thinking that this is the voice of a character from a previous book. Amazing job. Great choice.

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  • Amanda McCormick
  • 08-06-22

Amazing!

This book is everything. I'd been waiting for Asa and Zane's story since the teasers started flowing, and it didn't disappoint! Avi and Asa are some of my favorite characters in this series, so finally getting the chance to delve into their heads, their unique relationship, and how they end up finding their people has been an extreme pleasure.

The audio version of this book was amazing (as usual)! Liam DiCosimo always does a fantastic job, and I'm extremely fond of his voice for the twins.

Asa and Zane's relationship is fantastic, and Zane may be my new favorite love interest character in the series. He's honestly so sweet, and there's something so relatable about the way he feels and loves.

I was also a big fan of the storyline for this one. It was a wild ride and enjoyable from start til end!

Things I loved:
Murder Twins
Zane is honestly the most precious thing.
Amaaaaaaazing spice.
Primal? Did I mention primal?
The romance/relationship development!
We get to see more of our favorite characters from the previous books, and I'm living for it.

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  • LauraSt
  • 07-06-22

Spectacular

Narration 10/10
Story 10/10
Stole my heart 100/10

There are no words to describe how incredible it is. I can’t get enough, I don’t want it to ever end, I’m obsessed to the point of me actually thinking about the boys randomly.

We get Asa’s story now, and wow, just wow, predator meets his prey in crime reporter Zane. And what a hunting game they played. It was rough and dirty, filthy and borderline abusive, but SWEET! Oh myyy, the need, the cravings, the compulsions and obsession. Absolutely wonderful.

Onley is the only one that can write something like this and make us LITERALLY SWOON. It just goes to show what an incredible writer she is.

The plot was intriguing and thrilling, absolutely enrapturing, I couldn’t stop reading to the point I almost called in sick at work. Amazing amazing amazing.

We also get to enjoy all the stablished couples’ dynamics and seeing Thomas a little more put together was nice. Additionally we revisit Dimitri for a little while, and keep loving Calliope even more. Plus seeing the two snot monsters… swoon!

Cannot, I repeat, cannot wait for Avi’s story in audio.