Title: Daylight Again (Hell or High Water Book 3)
Author: SE Jakes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
My Rating: 5 of 5 Skull Tatts
From the Publisher:
Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.
Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.
To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.
With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.
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Crackling and Jittery Tension, the Calm Before…
There is an unrelenting undercurrent of tension that slides into this book on page one and remains there through to the very last. Despite relief valves in the ways of planning sessions and conversations and sex, this tension is never fully extinguished, impacting everything.
Tommy ‘n Proph, Proph ‘n Tommy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is epic love story territory here, with two guys who find words difficult, except in quiet moments when their hearts talk before their heads get a chance to catch up and put the kibosh on it all, and whose actions speak like full volume sets of encyclopedias. They are as hot as ever, hot in whatever they do to and for each other. They are dug in deep. Entangled. Melded. They share a heartbeat that pumps love and protection and fear and secrets and truth all through the both them. Just like they can’t when it comes to each other, I can’t get enough of them.
We’re introduced to new characters and they’re all deftly utilized, both for the story and in further displaying the increasing strength of the relationship between Prophet and Tom. The same can definitely be said for many characters we already know, some not having made an appearance since Catch a Ghost. This shit is tight, YO. Tight.
Tommy and Proph have reached a level of displayed emotion, intimacy, that I haven’t seen until now. In those moments when each of them is making a split decision whether to hold back or to reach out and comfort, they’re often choosing the more difficult, honest and soul satisfying path. They both share and acknowledge each other’s vulnerabilities, their hearts leading the way. It’s something neither of them ever expected. Not just with each other but with anyone, ever. When I think back on where they started in CAG, and see and feel and hear them now, it echoes an entire universe away from the here and now… and their future.
That palpable feeling of a giant coil, pressed down before everything is torrentially unleashed, is still there and humming at the halfway point. It covers every word, every decision in a film of intensity that just can’t be scratched off. It’s itchy. Tight. Waiting.
Tommy and Mal, forced by the actions of another years ago, form a tentative but undeniable understanding of one another, if not an actual, honest to goodness connection. This is one of a number of “wishes” that come true in this book. Each one is granted organically and they work within the story. The gem of it is that these same wishes spawn a new spate of desires, and we will have to hope and trust that they will be fulfilled in a later book. So many secrets shared. Dreams verbalized. Wounds inflicted. Heartache is healed.
Just as the main story was Tommy’s in Long Time Gone, this book is Proph’s story, at least some of it. This points a logical and emotionally satisfying arrow right to the fact that Tommy and Proph are in an equal relationship, they are on even ground: physically, in their levels of intellectual involvement and trust in this impending showdown with John , as well as sexually. Of this, they each need to be in command, but then sometimes feel the need to be controlled. They trust each other in pretty much all ways and not only admit this but let it influence their decisions. This goes back to the point about how they are more often going towards each other, not away, when dealing with emotionally difficult issues.
This is, in my opinion, the most mature, cohesive and well-plotted book to date by this author. Her usual style is there, improved. She continues to surprise me with the unapologetic honesty her characters exhibit. And fair warning: whether you’ve read Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone, or your new to the series (and should start with those), you are in prime alpha male territory here, with all of them living in a world seen through the prism of hyper-realism. For me, that equates to delicious, stormy, difficult and completely satisfying stories.
I don’t normally speak on the ending of a story, I don’t want to skew anyone’s expectations or experience. However, this one deserves a note: I was not expecting this ending, yet it completely fits the tone of this entire story. The journey Proph and Tom have been on in this book, the place they now find themselves in – thanks in part to their own hard work on their relationship – and the level of emotional intimacy are all reflected in the last scene of this book. It left me gutted, hopeful, confident and made their obvious love for one another appear a worthy adversary for the incredibly difficult things they have yet to directly face.
I love this book. I love Tommy ‘n Proph. I love their love. It’s as simple as that. 🙂
I would like to thank SE Jakes and Riptide Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I also own a copy of this book.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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