Series: #3 Playing the Fool
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on March 7, 2015
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.
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