Tempest by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Tempest by Lisa Henry and J.A. RockTempest by J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry

Series: #3 Playing the Fool
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on March 7, 2015
Pages: 198
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

This third and possibly the final installment of the series was much anticipated for me. I have come to seriously enjoy the capers of Mac, Henry, and Vi. Things have led them on a merry chase, but the chase brings them right back to the beginning though the stakes are higher with Mac being framed and Henry possibly harboring information along with a strong itch to run that would help. The series has built to this point and I have to say that it didn’t disappoint.

Mac and Henry are sent on the run by Val when FBI’s internal affairs investigator pins Mac for a murder and finds drugs in his desk. Mac takes Henry and Vi out to the family farm which makes Vi happy and sends Henry climbing the walls. Mac knows Henry has his secrets and knows that Henry is near to unraveling from them as a result, but he stands firm as the only steady part of Henry’s life in the midst of the tempest.

Henry feels guilty about Vi getting hurt again, he is fearful about Mac being in the crosshairs of both the FBI and some shadowy figure that is out to get him, he is worried that Remy isn’t answering his phone, and he is terrified for the time that Mac will have had just about enough of Henry and his swirling issues and need to act as anyone other than himself. Mac made it clear that he wants something real and wants to be in it for the long haul, but Henry can’t fathom this so he keeps himself poised to run, hide and start over.

Meanwhile, their list of contacts shrinks down even as the gal investigating Mac tightens the noose around them. They can’t catch a break to discover who killed the drug dealer and who is after Mac now. And they are after him, one lethal move at a time and anyone Mac cares about is fair game too.

Alright, so Henry and Mac and Vi take turns narrating like they do in the last book. Each had strong, clear voices that elicited different emotions and reactions in me. I enjoyed them all as narrators. The blend of exciting suspense and relationship development cruised along at a clipping pace.

The characters are the strong point of this series. Mac is settled. He knows what he has to do with the case and he is settled in what he wants with Henry. He is the calm in this storm. Henry on the other hand is just reaching his crisis point. His past, his present and his future are at a nexus. My heart just broke for him as he broke. He was caught between running and staying though he didn’t want to go either direction. The sexy times are always raw with emotion on Henry’s part. I love the dynamic that Mac is more than fine letting Henry top so he has control after the darkness of his past. I enjoyed the ending and it suited these characters. I was chuckling even before the book allowed Mac to catch on to Henry’s latest scheme. I would love to see more of them some time.

All in all, this was a wonderful story from cover to cover and from first book to this latest. Those who enjoy M/M Romantic Suspense with unique characters capable of madness and mayhem should definitely give this a go.

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

Romance Roundabout #186 RS

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About Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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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.
  • i wish my latest RS read was this fantastic… great review, Sophia!

    • Thanks, Braine! I had a good time with this series, but I suspect its over so off I go to find another….

  • I like it when series build up towards the last book and then that ending is everything you hoped for. I am trying to read a few more suspense books, so might have to give this series a try. The suspense and romance sounds both well done and like the story focusses on both at the same time. Great review!

    • It does have a good balance. It’s got a quirkiness to it that isn’t typically present in Romantic Suspense so there is humor as well as grittiness.

  • Awesome review Sophia^^ I like the sound of these characters, they both sound like strong men that aren’t going to side step anything. I’m glad the series ended on a high note for you and didnt just fall flat which sometimes happens. This overall sounds like it’s got a lot of action a strong mystery propelling the story.

    • I really had a good time reading these. I think Henry will go down as one of the most fascinating characters I’ve read b/c he is not easy to figure out even to himself. They were a good couple and managed to figure out the mystery even if they had trouble figuring out their relationship. Haha!

      • Well, relationships are ballbusting work.lol. I love characters like that, the ones where they’re a complete mystery even to themselves. It always strikes me as the most sincere.

        • It’s true that the easy ones and the ones without flaws don’t feel as real.

  • I’ve read M/M romance but not suspense. This sounds like a good one though.

    • I think M/M Romantic Suspense has some of the best detective partners/romance interests.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love when the characters have strong clear voices and are able to evoke emotions in you. A merry chase of madness and mayhem sounds like a fun read! Lovely Review as always 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Oh, I do not use those words lightly, Lindy! Haha! These two are fun to read.

  • I’m glad you had such a great time with these, Sophia! I really like that Max was solid and settled like you mentioned while the other was at the crossroads. That would be a good combo I think. Nice balance.

    • Yeah, with Henry being way out there and all over the place, it was nice to have one of them calm and steady.