Title: Chasing the Dragon
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
When mercenary Jack Hunter stumbles upon Christian Manning servicing a client in a back alley, it stirs feelings he’s kept deeply buried. Hunter becomes Christian’s knight in shining armor when he rescues him from an attack and takes him to his secluded cabin to heal.
Being stuck in the cabin over the winter gives both men a chance to get their lives in order. Christian is struggling to break his heroin addiction, and Hunter needs to get away from the organization he helped start years before—a group of people who don’t appreciate being told no. It’s a toss-up which goal is more difficult. Their new starts spark a relationship between them, but nothing good comes cheap. Despite the complications, Hunter wants more, but Christian is resistant to making that commitment. When Hunter’s private security company threatens them, only nurturing the fragile trust they formed at the beginning of their love affair will save them. But for two men with very dark pasts, relying on each other might be easier said than done.
Chasing the Dragon by Kate Sherwood is an intense emotional ride. A story of twists and turns and heart stopping moments that grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go.
When Hunter first sees Christian giving a blow job in an alley he’s overcome by feelings he’s never experienced before, something about the kid servicing the other man calls to him and he intervenes when things look like they might be getting rough. When Hunter discovers Christian is in trouble he offers to help to get away, offering room and board at his remote cabin in exchange for work. Christian it turns out is a junkie, heroin is his Achilles heel but Hunter helps Christian get clean and pretty soon the intense attraction between them turns physical and the two men embark on a friends with benefits relationship, although it means more than that to Hunter. When Hunter’s sister Hayley turns up Christian uses her in the worst possible way to break up with Hunter. When the two men meet again three years later can they reclaim anything they once had, and is it wise to try and do so.
And that is where I stop revealing the plot. I’m sure much more has been given away on Goodreads but I’d encourage anyone who’s remotely interested to get the book as it’s a won-derful trilling story full of flawed characters with messy relationships and action that never lets up.
Kate Sherwood has given us a haunting character in Christian. He’s a young man hiding be-hind sex and heroin running from his past. Christian is scared and petrified of the feelings Hunter evokes in him, and because of this he lashes out in a terrible way to sever their budding relationship. Christian’s demons are not revealed until the later part of the story but once I knew what they were it made what he did so much easier to understand, and to forgive.
Hunter is older than Christian by fifteen years but he’s never been in a gay relationship before, has never even considered himself gay. Once he meets Christian though Hunter is overwhelmed by the intense feelings he has. Hunter doesn’t immediately fall into sex with Christian, he fights the attractions and it takes him a while to process how he feels. The emotions between the two men are messy and intense; neither wanted them to be what they so clearly were so in a way they were destined to fail first time around.
Chasing the Dragon is a book of multiple parts. Book 1 dealt with the initial meeting of Hunter and Christian. Book 2 is three years later, it deals with how they meet up, Hunter’s hurt over how they ended before and Christian’s regret. Book 3 is the aftermath of Book 2. I liked the cleanness of splitting the story up like this; it’s made each section and the emotions it brought out easier to process.
The story is told mainly through Christian’s POV and as he was my favorite character that was fine by me but this also meant we didn’t find out much about Hunter during their time apart, only what he told Christian. The sex between the two men is hot and intense, particularly when Hunter takes control, claiming Christian like he’s worried he’ll disappear if he lets him go.
I loved Chasing the Dragon, it was a book with bite, a tension filled emotional roller coaster that I could get my teeth into, and it never let up. I’ve not read a book of Kate Sherwood’s for a while now and it’s exactly the kind of book that makes me wonder why, and leaves me with a need to explore her backlist and see what I’ve missed. Don’t miss it, read it sooner rather than later, or when you finally read it you’ll only regret it took you so long.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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