All These Hidden Scars by Avril Ashton ~ Book Review by Caroline

27279388Title: All These Hidden Scars

Author: Avril Ashton

Publisher: Sinner’s Haven Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/23/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

When I leave, I never return the same

Pretending came far too easily for Sullivan Black. One of the reasons he rejected his privileged family and joined the FBI. But those dangerous assignments take something from him every time, leaving him a mess, unfamiliar even to himself. As he struggles to shed the skin of his latest op, he finds solace in the most random of places.

Bar manager, Carter Renault’s only intention was to escort the lonely stranger out of his place before he locked up. Yet somehow they end up in an alley, Carter’s pants around his ankles. Their encounter is intense. A onetime thing. Except months later Sullivan is sneaking through Carter’s window, appearing and disappearing at random. The blistering-hot sex doesn’t hide the obvious torment Sullivan is going through, but Carter doesn’t want to be caught in the middle.

Just when he thinks he’s seen the end of that undercover life, Sullivan gets pulled back in. But this time, his identity is no longer a secret, and the aggressive need he has for Carter could get the other man killed. To set everything right, Sullivan has to face the one man he loves and hates in equal measure… his twin.

My View:

You can pretty much guarantee when you pick up a book by Avril Ashton you are going to get a thrilling plot, crazy badass alpha men, excitement and hot as hell sex. All These Hidden Scars had all of this and more.

This is the first book in the Loose Ends series and as such there were a lot of characters introduced and a lot of information to take in. It’s setting the scene if you like and in my opinion it sets it up extremely well and leaves you impatient for the next book. I can’t wait for Van and Levi’s story and really, really hope they are up next.

Sullivan Black is an FBI agent whose cases involve the very lowest depths society can sink to. He is almost two people. The agent who can and does do his job so well and then the man that comes home and has to find his real self again. Every time he comes home it’s more difficult for him to return to himself, his saviour is his twin Sol who seems to know exactly what he needs, but even that is fucked up and Sol is no longer available. He needs out. He wants out. Dutch, his boss, wants the bad guys and nothing will stop him, resorting to blackmail is all part of the norm.

When I leave, I never return the same.

When a blowjob in an alley with Carter Renault, a single parent intent on avoiding relationships, won’t leave Sullivan’s mind he becomes a stalker of sorts. This is maybe the first relationship I’ve read about that begins with an MC breaking into another man’s house every few weeks for intense sex and then leaving straight after but that is what happens. What is even crazier is that it works and an actual relationship starts to develop!

Their intimacy is hot and all-consuming but then Sullivan is blackmailed back into an undercover operation and it all goes to hell. It’s brutal and explosive and although he is rescued by the guys from Sinner’s, and yes wasn’t it fantastic seeing them again, he may have been pushed too far for even Carter to bring him back this time.

This was everything I expect and want from an Avril Ashton book and an excellent start to a new series. If not for the editing issues, it really needed further proofreading, it would have been a clear 5 star read for me. I can’t wait to see where the author goes with the rest of the series.

Links

All These Hidden Scars on Goodreads

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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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