Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn’t that fateful day…take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he’s forced to confront the one link to his past that he can’t sever.
Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father’s global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.
With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé’s eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can’t need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé’s younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan’s carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there’s no coming back from that a second time.
But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it’s his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn’t the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago…
Can Seth be Ronan’s salvation or will he end up destroying them both? (less)
Another hit from Sloane Kennedy for me. There is just something about the messed up men that she creates that draws me in every time.
We met Ronan Grisham in Absolution but we never got to know him. He had everything to live for even if he had to keep it hidden whilst serving under DADT. He and his fiancé Trace lived for the snatched moments until those moments were turned into something ugly and left Ronan set on a path of revenge. Ronan walked away from his life as a doctor to help other men like him enact revenge on the worst of humanity when the laws of the land failed in their quest for justice – but has this vigilante behaviour helped him or just bandaged a festering wound?
Seth grew up in a loving family, he was close to his brother Trace and he had a long and sometimes embarrassing crush on Ronan when his brother used to bring his fiancé home. A home invasion takes all that away from Seth and he’s left to just exist for the next few years. He’s quite adept at learning to cope but his life shrinks to just the walls of his home where he feels safe but lonely. He fears his actions led Ronan to walk away, he hasn’t seen him for three years, but really Ronan is dealing with guilt and grief, the kiss Seth bestowed on him was just an excuse to run and hide.
This story is told from dual POV which fit perfectly for me, I think had I not got both their points of view on things the story would have felt incomplete. I felt like Seth was walking on egg shells for the most part – he was so desperate to touch Ronan, to help him heal but Ronan just kept running away both out of fear and habit. His fear, his terror and his absolute shame kept him from being honest which in turn prevented him from moving on.
The bad guy was obvious but that was ok as he wasn’t really important. I was totally invested with Seth and Ronan and needed Sloane to give these men a chance at having their HEA. Lastly, Hawke’s story is up next and you just know before it starts that this one is going to be rough – I can’t wait!
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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