Author: Avril Ashton
Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
Is love enough to pull two drowning men back from the edge of darkness?
No one will love you. Tek Ng has heard that statement his entire life, and after all he’s been through, he believes it. The tortured reality of who he is wars with everything else in his world. He’s got a fiancée he doesn’t want, a family legacy he wants to escape, and unrequited love so unavoidable he descends into sexual depravity with the last person he should. Tek is drowning, but he’s not sure he wants to be saved.
Quinn Storm hides in his quiet house, afraid of his shadow and his memories. At one time he had a husband and a life, but that was snatched away in a violent attack. Hardly daring to live, Quinn is alive only because he’s too scared to end it all himself. He’s drowning and wants no chance at being saved.
A favor for a friend brings these two men together just in time for Tek to watch Quinn unravel. Quinn quickly becomes the most important thing in Tek’s life, but can he trust Quinn to love him once he realizes what Tek is hiding? Just as they reach for each other, their reprieve is shattered by Tek’s demons, leaving Quinn with the realization that he’s not the only one in need of saving.
Tek is a character that has been hanging around in the background of this series with some obvious issues but is a man that we knew very little about. When we finally get his story it is just as gritty as the rest of the men in Watch Me but Tek has an underlying neediness that came as quite a surprise to me.
As with all Avril Ashton’s books this one drags you in kicking and screaming with the emotions she pulls out of her men. She really likes to make her characters work for their bit of happy and Tek and Quinn certainly had to work in this book.
Tek is so broken and damaged from past actions that it’s surprising he is still alive, in fact he has Elias to thank for that in more ways than one. His troubles start at just 10 years old when showing a side of himself to his parents backfires with quite drastic consequences and seems to be the catalyst for how his life plays out as a young teen. He asks for very little from the people around him – he wants to be loved and accepted for who he is on any given day and in return you get his loyalty which is absolute.
We have met Quinn before in Xavier’s story. They were happily married until their home and Quinn were violated. Quinn walked away from his marriage when he couldn’t bear to look at his husband. His ex-husband may have moved on but Quinn lives in his own personal hell, dragged down by memories and nightmares and slowly falling apart. We get the real Quinn in this book and not the façade he puts on to the few friends he still keeps in contact with.
When Tek stays at Quinn’s home whilst laying low after a job for a couple of nights it seems damage recognises damage. Tek can immediately see how badly Quinn is hurting and wants to be the man to help fix him, the only problem with that is that Tek is also drowning. Family commitments and visits to the only man who Tek thinks fully accept him are slowly killing him. Tek needs rescuing too!
This is raw, emotional and often times very bloody. Gang life is cruel and won’t just release you to live happily ever after. I loved Tek’s vulnerability even if it seemed Quinn stepped up too quickly to take on his role but they were beautiful together in the end. They both have to say goodbye to emotional pasts before moving on. I believe this is the last in the series, with a spin off series coming along in its wake, which I am very pleased about as there are still a lot of unanswered questions – least of all Stavros.
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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