This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book picks up about one month after the first book leaves off. Adam and Elliot have settled into their new life inside the Refuge, Inc. Compound and Elliott has given Adam his space though the two remain closer than ever in a friend sort of way. Because of lying about being a police officer, Adam is assigned to duty as a guard and Elliot is a cook. Elliot has his suspicions about the place and even Adam has doubts. They both deal with separate issues and in Adam’s case it’s his past that may end their relationship for good. In seeking to gain forgiveness from the two women he lied to during the first story, Elliot begins to unravel the lies in the Refuge. Adam inadvertently comes to the attention of ‘The Prophet’ in the place and he is exposed to the truth. Working separately and together they look to make their escape, but it is not easy.
While the first story was character driven, this one switches it up and focuses on the action and has a thriller quality to it. Not to say that there isn’t any character development because there is; it’s just not the focus. This was a fast exciting read that gave many answers to the questions about Refuge forcing Adam and Elliot to step up and do what they have to do for their own safety and for what is right. This installment in the series introduces some new characters and brings back some returning ones. Each character may be more or less than they seem to be and that was what made the story exciting too. Elliot gets a bit angsty at times, but seeing what he’s going through I’ll give him a pass. Adam is the surprise. If one didn’t know any better, it would be hard to believe that he wasn’t the trained officer that he pretends to be. He really stepped it up in this one. I loved how he figured out pretty fast what was important to him and chose the right, but tough path in his choices. Though this ending wasn’t quite as abrupt, there is still room for more of the story to continue and I’m looking forward to it.
I recommend this book/series to those who enjoy M/M Post-Apocalyptic Romances.