Feat of Clay by Susan MacNichol ~ Book Review by Caroline

26011252Title: Feat of Clay

Author: Susan MacNichol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/25/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.

My View:

Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been friends since childhood but it is only in the last year that they have been lovers. In some respects they know each other too well but in others they don’t know each other at all.

When they walked away from each other years ago Tate become a cop and moved steadily up the ranks. As an undercover detective his last job went horrendously wrong and he ended up tortured for days then shot and left for dead. Clay stepped up and stepped in but his fear of Tate getting hurt again stumps their relationship as he keeps them in the closet clear of any further danger.

I loved Tate from the beginning. His emotions are all over the place as he deals with PTSD. He flips from loving to angry to embarrassed to frustrated in the blink of an eye. He is ashamed of how he worked his last case as much as he is about what happened when his cover was blown. He is desperate for Clay’s love but sees his over protective actions as excuses for not being out in the open together and this leads to further frustration. It’s a vicious circle and sees him lashing out more and more often.

Clay loves Tate and would do anything to see him better and keep him safe. He has stopped seeing the situation from anyone else’s view except his own and is blind to what his protective streak is doing to his relationship until it’s almost too late. He means well but he is actually destroying what he is trying to protect.

Part of Tate’s rehabilitation is to spend time working with the kids at Castaways and there was a very interesting young man there that he becomes involved with that I hope we hear more about in the future. His other form of release is graffiti and I loved the irony of an ex-cop running around town with his spray cans but even this doesn’t keep him from life’s cruelties as he is left feeling helpless once again.

There is angst and sadness galore in this book but also hope as both Tate and Clay face their fears and try to move forward.


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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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