You know a book is hecka good when not even a tenth of the way through you’re checking the release date on the next book and groaning because it’s not out yesterday. This book knocked my socks off from page one when the irascibly endearing Prophet Drews makes his appearance and then the epic ‘gasoline to flame’ meeting of two Titans when he finds himself paired up with Tom Boudreaux for the next mission. The shadow world of covert ops is dark and gritty, but makes for a suitable backdrop for the story of these two guys.
The mission takes a dip into Proph’s past and touches a few of Tom’s ghosts too. Both men are pushed hard by the circumstances and by each other. Tension is high and danger is always present. The only thing scarier is that they get past the hard walls they built around themselves over the years and start to know and trust each other. The danger comes to a head and Prophet is left to make a huge no win decision dredging up all the demons from the past that he struggles to contain. Tom has to make a hard choice in the end too.
While the mystery that the mission presents them is intriguing and deliciously twisty like I enjoy and the characters were so well written, it was the relationship between Prophet and Tom that took over this book for me, pulled me in and had me so eager to see it progress. And this is saying something because getting to know these guys through the alternating points of view just never got old. This relationship is not easy or simple, but it is loaded with passion. It was painful and it was exquisite all at the same time. And in the end…let’s just say that book two cannot come soon enough. So many things are left unresolved, but this isn’t a problem because I am thrilled that this is an ongoing series.
This was one of the best series openers that I’ve ever read and I can recommend it to those who enjoy grittier plots, multi-faceted difficult characters in a spicy m/m romantic suspense.
My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book for review purposes.