Freeing Zane by Sloane Kennedy ~ Book Review by Caroline

27774708Title: Freeing Zane

Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/08/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Zane doesn’t do relationships and Connor is definitely the kind of guy who does…

Criminal defense attorney Zane Devereaux is on the verge of having everything he’s worked his entire life for. He’s on track to become his firm’s youngest managing partner and he has enough money in the bank to ensure he’ll never have to be at the mercy of anyone ever again. He’s left his past exactly where it belongs and refuses to look back. And he sure as hell isn’t going to risk a repeat of his former mistakes by letting someone as sweet, sexy and endearingly vulnerable as Connor Talbot into his life. His bed maybe, but not his life.

Connor Talbot has no regrets about serving his country, even if it did cost him more then he’d imagined. Two years after an IED took his leg and left him with permanent brain damage, Connor is still struggling to put his life back together, but he’s managed to find a makeshift family in Seattle that helps ease the pain of losing his own at a young age. Unfortunately, a string of bad relationships and an abusive ex have taken their toll on Connor and he’s given up on finding the lifelong partner he’d always envisioned he’d have. But a chance encounter with a man he has absolutely nothing in common with except for an intense, white-hot chemistry has him thinking that maybe a no strings, physical relationship is exactly what’s called for.

What begins as two men meeting each other’s needs between the sheets turns into something neither one was prepared for but the wounds of the past run deep and both men will have to decide if a future together will cost them too much or if what they could have together is worth fighting for.

Note: This book contains explicit M/M content and is intended for mature audiences

Trigger Warning: This book contains references to abuse that may be disturbing for some readers.

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhangers.

Barretti Security Series
Book 1 – Loving Vin (M/F)
Book 2 – Redeeming Rafe (M/M)
Book 3 – Saving Ren (M/M/M)
Book 4 – Freeing Zane (M/M)

The Barretti Security Series is a spin-off of The Escort Series and some of the characters from that series appear in this one so if you want to read the books in order, start with this series:

The Escort Series
Book 1 – Gabriel’s Rule (M/F) Gabe & Riley
Book 2 – Shane’s Fall (M/F) Shane & Savannah
Book 3 – Logan’s Need (M/M) Logan & Dom

My View:

I was both looking forward to this and dreading it in equal measures…it’s the last one…sob!

We met Zane in Ren’s book, he was the guy always sat in the chair at the motel when Declan needed his itch scratching. He was a cold man who didn’t hang around for small talk and was certainly not looking for anything remotely like a relationship.  Out of all the men you meet in this series Zane is probably the most difficult to like and that is purely based on first appearances. He is dedicated to furthering his career so he never has to go without or know the sort of pain he felt in his childhood. If he doesn’t love anyone then they can’t walk away and leave him.

Connor is someone else we have met before and is the complete opposite of Zane. Since losing his leg he has become determined to fend for himself but when an ex-boyfriend turned stalker starts to intimidate him Zane is there to rescue him. I liked Connor a lot. I liked his strength and determination. I hated what Sutter had done to him, the words hurting him far more than the slaps seemed to, leaving him with a poor image of himself – when he was with the Zane the first time and was trying to hold up his pants I wanted to kill the man for making him feel like that.

I think it was obvious from the start that Zane would never be able to maintain a relationship with Connor like he had with Declan. Little things showed you that he cared. Touches and allowing Connor to kiss him were so out of his comfort zone but he couldn’t seem to stop them and slowly but surely Zane’s walls came down. With someone to care about and come home to Zane starts looking at other areas of his life and realises just how blinkered he has become.

It’s not all easy. The threat of prison isn’t enough to keep a good stalker down and Connor hasn’t seen the last of the man that invades his nightmares. There is a shock of another kind to come to that will force Zane to look at his childhood and leave them both with a pretty big decision to make.

I loved Zane and Connor together, in fact I loved this entire series and I cannot recommend it highly enough! For such an emotionless person Zane sure gave us a story packed full of emotion!

Links

Freeing Zane on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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