Author: Kate Lowell
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/10/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance
Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture–and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
I was instantly pulled in the world of the book, unfortunately it’s not an easy world to be in. This is a rather dark tale about prostitution, rape, human trafficking and more.
FBI Agent Leo Gale is deep undercover working on busting a human trafficking ring that targets young men and women. He’s a bit on the edge, living for so long in the darkness it’s beginning to consume him. He wants to be done with the case but doesn’t want to give up and let the bad guys in. His chance at success improves when he’s promoted to ‘intake.’ Unfortunately, it also means he needs help. His superiors send in Julian, a young intern who can pass for a teenager.
What follows is a taut, tension-filled game of Leo and Julian toeing the line of what is legal and doing what is needed for the case. Doing so comes at great personal and emotional loss of both men.
Julian puts up with verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his captors in order to successfully portray a young man and Leo has to keep up the act as a hardened criminal.
However, alone in Leo’s room, he and Julian are able to somewhat relax and this is when we get to see the real them. These were the moments I loved and adored. The sex between them was hot, but not on the romantic side. They needed to connect and feel something besides the evil around them. Their connection and chemistry was beyond intense. I ached for these guys to be together once the case is over.
However, that doesn’t happen here. Readers who require an HEA will not find one here. The action that puts an end to the investigation took my breath away and I wanted a great reunion for the two men. The fact it didn’t happen didn’t harm the story for me. The plot of the story was resolved, even if the relationship wasn’t all the way.
If your tastes wander to hurt/comfort and dark tales this book is for you.
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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