Absolution by Sloane Kennedy ~ Book Review by Caroline

29341594Title: Absolution

Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/01/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…

My View:

Sloane Kennedy writes strong characters and this is true again in Absolution. This story is an often tense thriller of sorts that throws the three main characters together although initially not for good reasons.

I love to read a book when the plot isn’t easily worked out and you are left with a few surprises – that is exactly what happened here. In the beginning it’s tense when you are not sure whether Mace is going to follow orders or whether he will listen to that niggle in his conscience that tells him something isn’t right. It’s a difficult fight for Mace though as the very reason he is there, looking through his scope, is because he survived living through his own nightmare and he’s by no means over it.

Jonas has been away for four years but he’s back and determined to see the dream of his own art gallery come to fruition. Jonas has secrets in his past and coming home finally allows him to stop running. He has no idea that someone has conspired against him and wants him dead and that maybe he needs to run even faster. A really good part of this book at the beginning is the struggle of emotions and feelings between Mace and Jonas.

Before they have time to sort things out Cole comes looking for Jonas and yet another part of his past comes back to haunt him. All three men, fuelled by anger and emotions out of their control, are thrown together and the result is mind blowing for them. Often when authors write menage it ends up all about the sex but this is definitely not the case here. Their first priority is to stay alive but there is a very strong connection forming between them all and their move to lovers is seamless in a lot of ways.

This is a great first book in a new series by Sloane and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Links

Absolution 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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