Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/05/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Menage/Poly
At thirty-four years old, ex-DEA agent Memphis Wheland has lived, loved and lost…everything. The ultimate betrayal by the man he gave everything to has left Memphis with no family, no career and a bone deep bitterness that refuses to release him from its icy grip. His work with an underground vigilante organization is the only light in his otherwise bleak existence. That and the occasional no-strings hookup with men whose only focus in that moment, and for as long as Memphis wants them, is him and only him. No clingy exes, no unrequited love, no relationship drama. Period.
Because Memphis has one rule that he won’t break for anyone or anything. He doesn’t share.
Now if only someone had told that to the young man who would come into his life in the most unexpected way…
With his entire life ahead of him, graduate student Brennan Devereaux wasn’t expecting it to change in the blink of an eye. But when a case of mistaken identity nearly costs Brennan his life, it isn’t just his future that’s about to change, but his past too. Because for years he’s been in love with a young man who only sees him as a friend and nothing more. And while he was content to love Tristan Barretti from afar, he hadn’t expected to be drawn to the mysterious stranger who saved his life and changed it with a simple promise.
I’m not letting you go.
They were words spoken in the heat of the moment as the darkness of death had threatened to claim him, but even as Brennan’s love for Tristan refuses to wane, his need for the intriguing Memphis Wheland continues to grow.
But any relationship with Memphis means he has to let go of the one thing in his life he’s always valued above everything else…
At nineteen, Tristan Barretti should have had the world at his feet. His musical gifts have garnered him prestige as well as admission to the famed Julliard School in New York and he has a family that most people would kill for. But the protective bubble his fathers have kept him in has burst and he’s discovered that life outside his unconditionally loving family isn’t as accepting of a kid born with HIV. A poor decision to find answers to questions better left unasked, along with the complications of living with his disease, have Tristan returning to Seattle and the solace of his family.
And to the young man he’s wanted from the time he was barely old enough to even understand what that meant.
But with an uncertain future that leaves him nothing to offer the gorgeous and successful Brennan Devereaux, Tristan knows the best he can hope for is to keep building on the friendship they’ve shared for years and not get his hopes up that Brennan will be the one man who sees him and not his disease.
Except all bets are off when danger follows him home…
Even though a physical relationship with Brennan was supposed to be just that, Memphis finds himself unable to refuse his young lover’s request to help put a stop to the threat against Tristan. Even knowing full well that Brennan’s heart lies with the man he claims is nothing more than a friend, Memphis accepts the challenge of ensuring Tristan’s safety.
But when the quiet music student stops being a “job” and starts being something much more, Memphis is torn between his growing feelings for both young men and the fear that he’ll be facing an even greater betrayal that he’ll never be able to come back from.
Except none of that matters when the threat that Memphis never saw coming puts Brennan and Tristan in the crosshairs.
And the cost of the vengeance he once craved suddenly comes at too high a price…
Sloane Kennedy has been one of the finds of the year for me where new authors are concerned ever since I stumbled across the Barretti Security Series. Vengeance is book 5 in The Protectors series which has started to incorporate the Barretti men into it giving us double the fun and allowing us to catch up with some old favourites.
Menage is a favourite trope of mine – I have read many over the years – some were good and some not so much. All too often when three characters are featured it becomes all about the sex – don’t get me wrong I like the sex but I need a story too that offers interesting and developed characters. I got all of that and more in Vengeance with three very exciting MC’s and Sloane’s ability to weave a story that drags me in from the beginning.
Memphis, Brennan and Tristan are three very different people with very different pasts who are perfect for each other – even if it takes time and a lot of hard work for them to realise that themselves. I love my characters to come with baggage, I love them to be unsure and vulnerable and I like nothing more than a few bumps, twists and turns along the way. I love it most when they find a way to balance each other and move on with their lives.
If you are a fan of this series then you already know how Memphis and Brennan met and you already know that Tristan has lived with a life altering illness since he was born. You didn’t know that Memphis is relationship shy because of how he has been treated in the past or that he lives to work rather than works to live. You will already know that Brennan has loved Tristan from afar for years but has never had the courage to do anything about it believing Tristan to be straight. You may also know that Tristan harbours the same feelings for Brennan but again has never said anything or made a move.
So many feelings, emotions and secrets. Memphis is stupid enough to believe that he can just have Brennan to scratch an itch. Brennan enjoys having that itch scratched but then he finds out Tristan is bisexual and has been hiding his feelings – Tristan finds out the exact same thing. Memphis can see his heart being broken all over again. Sloane drags their emotions out in this one and makes them face one challenge after another until finally they find a way that can work.
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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