Author: Avril Ashton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Denial only lasts so long…eventually the heart wins out.
What if loving him…
After recent events that had his life flashing before his eyes, Israel Storm is re-evaluating everything. His friends. His priorities. What’s not going to change is the deep connection he’s developed with Reggie Turner. They’re comfortable with each other, partners in crime with no qualms about sharing women. Whatever Is needs, Reggie is the one he calls. Their bond can survive anything. But maybe not the kiss Reggie plants on him out of nowhere.
…Means losing him?
Despite what Is thinks, that kiss came from somewhere. An un-named current has been flowing between them for months. Reggie doesn’t bat for his own team, but the more time he spends with Is, seeing past the rough façade of the man leading The Rude Boys, the more Reggie loses sight of labels and where he fits. All he knows is there’s something there, something Is will never acknowledge. One kiss leads to a punch that lands Reggie in the ER, and sends Is digging through his darkest memories in search of himself.
Friendship is all that’s left if they bury the truth. If they ignore the pull that makes it impossible to do anything other than fight each other. But denials can be exhausting and hiding isn’t working, not when everyone can clearly see your heart’s desire. An enemy is out to make an example of Is, and his weapon of choice will leave this Rude Boy bloodied…and bodied.
Avril Ashton has a unique way of giving you nasty men and making you love them. Is and Reggie are gang leaders, doing horrendous shit to their enemies, and still you want to cuddle up to them and hope for the best. You end up overlooking all the violence and somehow that seems ok!
This is a double gay for you story, not always my favourite trope, but again she made it believable. Reggie may have more easily accepted the way his feelings for Is left him feeling but Is was like a deranged man having to deal with how he started feeling for his best friend. He fights it every step of the way, he is horrible to Reggie, even hitting him so hard he ends up in hospital but still he can’t stop what is happening to him.
Reggie and Is had the perfect start to their friendship, they bonded over a couple of dead bodies. For whatever reason Is let his guard down that night and told Reggie a little of his past, his horror at seeing blood, and the two become best friends very quickly. When Is needs a hideout a few months later Reggie has no problem whisking the man away to his cabin and caring for him. The sexual tension is off the charts and big bad Is is sent into a panic that scares him far more than he ever thought possible.
This wasn’t as gritty or as dark as the first book, it had a different feel to it. Homophobia is a big issue that had to be dealt with and Reggie is left reeling from his mothers actions. On the flip side his relationship with his father improves dramatically and he is left surprised from his support. Is has a much darker childhood to deal with and it becomes entangled once again in his present day life. His mother lurks in a dark place, especially in his mind, and it is a disturbing relationship that is still causing untold damage.
It was good to see the boys from the previous book again and Avril has definitely left scope for the series to expand. For me the big one is Tek – I want to know what his secrets are and it’s killing me having to wait!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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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