Author: Parker Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/14/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Mystery
An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.
After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.
Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.
When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.
So the first question has to be what the hell happened to our sweet Parker Williams? This is not his usual fare that’s for sure.
Haven watched his mother’s and sister’s abuse until one day it went too far. His sister would never be the same and his father lay dead, by his hand. Haven joined the military and thought that is where he would stay until he is kidnapped, or recruited, by a secret agency and is introduced to the mysterious voice of Rook.
For nearly a decade Haven fights the underbelly of society taking out people the courts are either too scared to deal with or have been paid not to. It’s a lonely job, a soul destroying job and lately all Haven sees is death and destruction. Nearly at the point of walking away his latest job finds him rescuing a young man who has been held captive for years, abused physically, mentally and sexually and will change everything Haven knows about himself.
Samuel has no reason to trust anyone yet when Haven rescues him from a squalid room Sammy latches on to the man and refuses to let go. Sammy has a terrifying story to tell, one the reader needs to find out for themselves, yet for all the abuse he has suffered he seems to be able to rise above his adversity and manage to start living again. People terrify him so he builds his life to include only Haven and it’s interesting to see the dynamics of how this works. The way you assume is completely thrown on its head and we learn even more about Haven and what his life has done to him as he gives himself over to Sammy.
This is a dark and often disturbing story as these men cling to each other and try to survive. There is real anguish as Haven tries to finish the job he has started taking with him images that can sustain his need to kill the enemy. For the first time in his life he has someone waiting at home for him, relying on him and the fact that Sammy is intertwined so much with the job he has undertaken makes it even more difficult. I’m glad Parker went with the ending that he did, Sammy clearly wasn’t as ‘over’ everything that had happened to him as he tried to make out and the way it finished felt more real. Kelly deserves a mention too – he was the father figure that Haven never had and a good friend to both of them.
I have just one question….who is Rook?
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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