Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Three years ago, Chase Gallardo ran toward freedom with his fellow survivors after having spent five months in captivity. He hasn’t stopped running since. Only now, it’s the memories he’s constantly trying to escape. Haunting echoes of a man who forced Chase to play the part of another, the kidnapper’s younger brother. Chase may have survived, but that doesn’t mean he’s really living. Until one day, when his employee tells him there’s a man sitting at the bar, wearing only underwear.
Remy Stahl has given up—almost. For a year, alcohol, drugs, and faces without names have kept him company. But he has two friends who refuse to give up on him, and they lock him up in his house in an attempt to save him from himself. Though, never underestimate an addict’s desire to see the bottom of another bottle. Remy escapes, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass that he’s nearly naked.
This is the sequel to Aftermath, where Cam and Austin met, struggled, and fell in love. Outcome takes us back to Bakersfield with Chase and Remy’s story. Fueled by anger, guilt, and shame, they’re not off to an easy start. But it’s only a matter of time before they learn how much they need each other in order to move on.
This story contains some violence, drug use, and scenes of an explicit, erotic nature between two men and is intended for adults, 18+. Characters portrayed are 18 or older.
We are back in Bakersfield where Cam and Austin are living their happily after. It is three years since Ben Stahl kidnapped and tortured ten men in a sick mock up of his own life. Fellow hostage Chase is living nearby and has just opened his own bar. Outward appearances show Chase moving on with his life but appearances can be deceiving.
Chase has dropped out of therapy. His circle of friends is non-existent apart from Cam and Austin and the things he needs to talk about are not things he wants to bring up with them. He has been dishonest with himself for such a long time that the very thought of being himself makes him break out in a cold sweat. His long dead fathers hateful words still take up a huge space in his soul.
Remy Stahl is the younger half brother of the notorious Ben Stahl. His life is consumed with guilt and the only things getting him through each day is booze and drugs. The once successful and wealthy businessman that he was is just a long lost memory as guilt and regret consume him. When his best friend Minna stages an intervention he is swooped out from his party life in LA and taken back to Bakersfield where he wakes up cuffed to a bed and told his detox has started.
Inevitably these two men run into each other and the effects for them both are startling. The issues of guilt are overwhelming for Remy and all he sees in Chase’s eyes is hurt, fear and anger. Chase has hated and tried to transfer blame onto Remy for three years. The man he sees in front of him looks damaged, frail and frightened.
Each man having to face their past begins a process of healing. The first part of that is for them to talk to each other. It is painful, exhausting and not without many bouts of anger but it is a start and seems to both of them some good. Chase has spent three years longing for answers but finds Remy may not hold the key. Remy is a masochist where blame is concerned and holds himself responsible for anything and everything.
This story follows their healing, it makes them bring their fears and their pasts out into the open no matter how painful, it awakens feelings in both men that they thought lost or had kept hidden. It gives them both brief glimpse of normal, of how their lives could be it they weren’t mired down with the pasts that are twined around each other so tightly. It finally gives them both confidence and determination to start living again, to trust each other and to hold onto each other when things get rough.
There is also resolution towards the end when we see into Ben’s mind and learn just how disturbed he was. The logic of how 10 men were chosen was genius on the authors part showing us that Ben didn’t just wake up one day and commit his crimes. There was a long drawn out process and shows just the smallest thing can matter to someone.
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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