I don’t know how Sloane Kennedy does it. She consistently turns out books in this series which not only pack an emotional punch but which suck you into a unique exploration of MM romance.
While there are commonalities, this is a series after all, the relationships all have a unique element and experience which means you never feel like you’re reading a rehash.
In this one the trauma and suffering is almost too much but Sloane also knows just how far to push the reader before it would go into unpleasant territory.
I felt for Levi so much. What’s sadder is that there will be people out in the “real” world who have suffered in similar ways. The way his story and romance with Phoenix plays out is believable and realistic. It takes time to build up trust and it can be shattered so easily.
I loved this pairing, they were gentle, kind and supportive of each other and I loved that they talked! No annoying miscommunication between them to cause any dramady.
The crime element is well done, tight plotting keeps the tensions high until the explosive conclusion. I absolutely adore these books. The sneak peak at Vincent’s story left me begging for more.
And yet again the book is graced with an amazing cover from Jay Aheer featuring Wander Aguiar photography.
I really enjoyed this one, there’s something truly delicious about second chance romances, especially when the ground work is laid down for the separation being down to circumstances or misunderstandings.
Here we have two men reconnected more than a decade later, one wondering if he made the right decision not to go to college and the other absolutely knowing he should never have walked away.
I liked the premise behind Trent’s realisation he should never have left Xavier under the circumstances in which he did. Acceptance that you turned your back on love and screwed up is a favourite trope when it’s done well like here. I also liked that Xavier accepted his part in their separation too by not confessing his money fears at the time.
Their new romance was a lovely slow burn with lots of conversations as well as red hot sex and it worked very well.