Author: Piper Kay
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Cover Artist: Karrie Jax
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
As Kaiden McKenzie and Holt Mitchell prepare to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, and the grand opening of their new club, Invicta, they take a look back on how their lives together began.
When Holt wakes up to an outraged father, he finds himself suddenly homeless and hungry. With the help and caring of a certain bad guy, Holt finds life isn’t quite so bad as it seems. All he needed was the right man to guide him along.
Kade has spent his life running from anyone and everyone who tries to get close, but when he meets up with Holt, he suddenly finds himself wishing for something more. Who knew he was someone’s knight in shining tattoos…
This story starts at the end where we find Holt and Kade celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. Although the evenings celebrations don’t go off as planned it is clear straight away these two guys are very much in love and mean everything to each other. That doesn’t mean they don’t fight like demons!
As they start to muse about their beginnings the story reverts back to how they met and how they have got to where they are today and it wasn’t an easy story for either of them.
Holt’s father is a bigot and generally a horrible man but Holt keeps reminding himself that he just has to put up with him for a little longer and then can escape. College is his lifeline and the only way he can get out of the family home. Those plans come crashing down around his ears when his father finds him in bed with last night’s hook up. Last night’s hook up is a man and in Holt’s world that just isn’t allowed to happen. He is given 15 minutes to pack up his stuff and leave.
Kade feels sorry for the guy he just spent the night with but he doesn’t do emotions in any form so after giving him a hug he gets the newly homeless Holt to drop him off at work and carries on his with his life in a job he hates, working for a man he hates and living in a dump. Yep, Kade has everything he wants in life.
Two weeks later and Kade finds a desperate and half starved Holt and it is clear he is not dealing with his new situation well. He decides to take him to the club he works at for the night to feed him and clean him up and then tomorrow he will send him on his way…again.
That plan fails when through a series of events Holt ends up working for the same club. Both boys are now Go-Go dancers working in the same run down dirty club for the same creepy and very pervy man.
Kade is battling his own demons and some of them centre on the man they work for. When Holt finds himself in a dangerous position Kade comes to the rescue once again and in doing so he loses what little security he has built up. As much as Kade tries to deny his growing feelings for the other man he can’t seem to walk away. Holt can read him like a book and slowly breaks down his defences until Kade has to make a decision – run and carry on the way he was or stay and trust Holt to have his back.
Fifteen years later Kade is still trusting Holt to have his back and they are still very much in love. They are about to realise their dream and open their own club and are determined that any young boys that work for them will feel safe and protected and never have to go through what they did when starting out.
I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to book 2. There are a few editing issues but nothing so major as to pull you out of the story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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