Author: Harper Fox
Narrator: David Thorpe
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/01/2016
Length: 09 hours 00 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
John Griffin and Michael South – agents in the renegade counterterrorism agency Last Line, and closer than brothers. It’s a fast-lane life of danger and excitement. John loves every minute of it, but he’s facing one big problem now: his feelings for Mike have flared up from friendship into a passion he can no longer hide. And Mike, although the bravest and best of partners, doesn’t feel the same.
Their one sexual encounter leaves them baffled and alienated from one another. Mike is a haunted man, shaken by flashbacks to his past life as an MI5 agent and a mission in Russia that went terribly wrong. He’s been left with a need for violence between the sheets, and John isn’t prepared to hurt him.
Not everyone has Mike’s best interests at heart. Their ruthless boss hires a ghost from Mike’s past to help track down a Russian war criminal who’s planted a nuclear device in the heart of London. Anzhel Mattvei knows all of Mike’s dark secrets, and soon regains his former sexual thralldom over him, leaving Mike locked in battle for his will and his soul. Anzhel has turned Mike into a human detonation device. Only John’s love can pull him back from the brink – and save millions of lives in the fallout zone.
This wasn’t the easiest book to listen to but not because of the writing or the plot. As always Harper Fox has excellent prose and has written a fascinating and intriguing tale with fully-realized characters.
The biggest issue for me were that these men weren’t always likable and their love story not always the most romantic. But they were realistic and they stayed consistent throughout.
Michael is a freaking mess and for good reason. He’s been through a lot and what he wants—needs—in bed can be scary. John loves him and has for a long time but even he has trouble dealing with it all.
The villain is a truly disgusting vile piece of crap. John is the best partner Michael, or any person, could ask for.
As well-written and fascinating as Last Line is I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. If you’ve read Harper Fox before you know what a talent she has but she doesn’t tackle easy subjects. This is a powerful thriller but at times it made me uncomfortable and I suspect it would do the same for others. It’s a dark tale and if you choose to read or listen to it, just be aware before starting.
David Thorpe did an excellent job with the narration. His voice was the perfect choice for this dark and gritty tale. I’ve never listened to him before but wouldn’t hesitate to again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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