Review: Daylight Again by S.E. Jakes

Review: Daylight Again by S.E. JakesDaylight Again by S.E. Jakes

Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on May 3, 2014
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

Tom stared at him, so obviously angry and disappointed, but no more than Prophet was at himself. Tom reached out, grabbed the front of Prophet’s shirt, bunching the fabric in his fist, and pulled him up off the couch so they were only inches apart.  Prophet didn’t resist. Hell, he owed Tom a punch, at the very least.

But Tom wrapped his arms tightly around him. Threaded a hand into his hair, rubbed his scalp. Comforted him. “You gotta let me in, Proph. All the g*******d way. Or one of us is going to get hurt.”

“F**k.” It was getting to the all or nothing stage. Beyond it. He buried his face against Tom’s neck, let Tom’s hands run over him.

“I can’t help ease your burden if I don’t know what it is.”

“Throwing my words back at me.”

“Been waiting for the opportunity. They’re good words.”   p. 79-80 Tom and Proph of Daylight Again

And yes, this is where things are at for this third book.  Proph and Tommy may have ironed a boatload of stuff out by the end of the second book, but Proph’s end game to deal with his past might be what  gets them killed or worse, finally breaks things for these two beyond repair.  This whole book is the big transition that gets things lined up from the distant past, the near past, and the present to the future.  This was one tremendous set-up book and one of the best I’ve read.  There is so much going on.

First, there is an off the books mission that an old military buddy asked Proph to take on and Tommy goes with as his partner.  The mission turns out to be something more and peels back the first layer of Proph’s past for Tommy and calls on Tommy to prove that he has learned some past lessons very well particularly who he can trust and how strong his self-control is.

Then there is the mission of Proph and the rest of his SEAL buddies that has been over a decade in the making.  This brings them all together in Amsterdam (This is told from Mal and Cillian’s perspective in the parallel series book one, Dirty Deeds and I would recommend it being read prior to this story since it was easier to read this section of the story in that order) where they begin the long con job of drawing closer to John Morse’s network and taking down whoever set them all up and in so doing let a strong terrorist cell grow stronger and hurt more people.

Back home things are taunt between Proph and Tommy because the secrets Proph is keeping and the ticking time bomb on a few of them that will really change things between the two men.  Into their midst come a few surprise visitors that alter and push the game plan forward and also give an inkling of where the future may be leading the two men and their allies.  Proph and Tom have to get their personal stuff together if they are to function on the next stage of the plan to go after the terrorist cell and John.  Meanwhile, Proph’s vivid PTSD nightmares are coming harder and faster than ever.

Everyone on the team comes together for the big push and, for some, it’s a suicide mission that they voluntarily step forward into.  The ending leaves things in a good place, but there are a couple of threads that will leave the reader just salivating for the next book.

Okay, I’m well aware that my summary was rather vague.  That is definitely on purpose because this is the sort of book that the spoilers start early and just keep going throughout the story.  It is not a book to be read out of order and as I said, it would be optimal to slip in the Dirty Deeds novella before this one if possible.

The relationship between the two guys has both advanced and deepened, but also has some set backs too.  There is always so much going on between these two even when they get up to their sexy times.  The verbal, the non-verbal and the physical actions all speak.  It’s like as covert operatives they are wired to always play the mind games and the chess-like moves even on their own lover.  I happen to enjoy this, but I will admit that it does occupy a lot of the book.

But beneath all that, they have a strong partnering relationship.

Prophet looked serious when he said, “I need you to know you don’t have to go with me.” He held up his hands when Tom narrowed his eyes. “Not because I think you can’t handle it. Because maybe you’re going to resent me for pulling you in. We’ve gotten through a lot of shit already, Tommy. A lot.  Maybe more than we’re supposed to. Maybe we’ve reached our limit.”

“Still trying to protect me.”

“Always.”

“I’m going to chance it. Figure the universe already put us through hell. I think we’re meant to come out the other side together.”

Prophet rolled his eyes. “Romantic f**king voodoo Cajun shit.”

“That’s lovely. Anyway, what would we do with all our free time?”

“We could go run a goat farm,” Prophet suggested.

“You watch way too much Spartacus.” pp. 89  Proph and Tom from Daylight Again

The other thing that works well is the suspense.  I love the plots within plots and the intense action and thriller scenes where danger is palpable and ever present.  I have to put in a plug for the side characters too particularly Proph’s old SEAL outfit.  These guys are fab together with all that each of them brings to the table.  The way things were with Mal and Cillian also has me eager for the next novella in their story.

All in all, this was one intense, action-packed, passion-filled ride that left me just breathless and ready to go again.  The next installment cannot come quickly enough.  This is one of the top m/m romantic suspense series out there that I would highly recommend who love this genre.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this one in exchange of an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Damn life — I still have not had the time to read this yet! *cries* But it’s sitting patiently on my Kindle, waiting for me. I’m not sure how much longer I can go without a P + T fix; soon I may just say “Screw it!” to my review copies at the front of the line and let them butt in . . . 🙂

    Great review!

    Enjoy,
    TBQ

    • Yep! And that’s exactly what I did. I wasn’t originally picked to review this one and then out of the blue I got the email. I said, Heck ya and read it that night. If it makes you feel better, I haven’t read the latest Ty and Zane yet and I was dying for that one.