Atonement by Sloane Kennedy ~ Book Review by Caroline

Title: Atonement
Series: The Protectors Book 6

Author: Sloane Kennedy

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/17/2017

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Bisexual, Gay Romance

Blurb:

“Once a fuck up, always a fuck up.”

Words twenty-six-year-old Dante Thorne has had to live with for more years than he can count and a title he finally earned at the tender age of sixteen when one careless decision led to tragedy. And since he can’t deny the truth of the words, why not live by them instead? Fucking up, fucking, it doesn’t matter; as long as it feels good and makes him forget the day he failed the one person he’d always sworn to protect. A good philosophy to live by until Dante meets the one man who might actually having him wishing he was something more…

At forty-one and with a distinguished twenty-year career as a Texas Ranger under his belt, Magnus DuCane should have been in the prime of his life. Instead, he’s mourning the loss of the daughter he couldn’t save and contemplating a future that looks nothing like the one he had planned. The only bright spot in his life is the young grandson whose suddenly been returned to him after going missing two years earlier and the new family of men that he’s been welcomed in to with open arms. But with his iron will, unfailing self-control and unflappable discipline, Magnus knows he can start a new chapter and get his life back on track…if he can just get past the disturbing, unexpected feelings one young man stirs in him.

Because everything about Dante Thorne is wrong for Magnus. His arrogance, his cocky attitude, every single unfiltered word that falls unchecked out of his mouth and, of course, the fact that he’s a man.

But when his well-meaning friends send Dante with him as a bodyguard when he returns to Texas to testify in a high-profile case, Magnus begins to see beyond the brash words and endless sexual innuendo. And when he starts to discover that what he sees isn’t all that bad, suddenly the fact that that Dante is a man instead of a woman no longer seems like such a big sticking point anymore…

My View:

On paper Dante and Magnus shouldn’t work AT ALL! Anyone looking at the two men would immediately think they disliked each other at best and hated each other on most days.

Magnus has a failed marriage, a dead daughter and a recovering grandson behind him and he is haunted by guilt and what if’s. He has been adopted and has adopted his new family brought together by the gregarious and thankfully healing Matty. He admires and loves the men he has surrounded himself with but he is certain that the kind of relationships his new friends have will never be something he experiences – love just isn’t on the cards for the older and sometimes obstinate man.

Dante pulled on my heartstrings even when I did want to slap him round the head and tell him to think with his big head. A single moment in time when Dante was a teenager totally defines the young man today and he is also living with guilt. His guilt drives him, burns him and eviscerates him every day but he pushes forward with his personal mission refusing to believe it may all be in vain.

As with all Sloane’s men Dante and Magnus are explosive when they finally sort themselves out and get together. Their burning up the sheets is short lived however when Dante receives a phone call that brings his past back to haunt him and the men must risk their lives to bring their family back together once again.

Links

Atonement 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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