Genre: Contemporary Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
A fortune shouldn’t get you killed. A promise shouldn’t break your heart.
Attorney Rafe Stanton knows making promises is a dangerous thing. Over and over he has failed to keep people under his protection safe. For years he watched his younger cousin Noah lose his battle with drugs and alcohol, which eventually led to a deadly car accident. When he finds out about Noah’s secret marriage to Logan Tate, Rafe has one last chance for redemption.
Inheriting a fortune should be a blessing, but for Logan life never works out that way. He’s learned the hard way that dreams don’t come true—and if they do, well, there is usually a hefty price tag attached. All he really wants is a quiet life, but that isn’t in the cards when his apartment gets broken into and a pretentious lawyer from Boston arrives thinking he can call the shots.
The two men don’t see eye-to-eye about the inheritance, but with Noah’s powerful family coming after Logan, they find themselves reluctantly on the same side. A gunman, greedy in-laws, and meddling friends are not enough trouble; soon they also need to deal with the explosive chemistry between them.
But Rafe made a promise to the past and Logan doesn’t trust easily, so a future together seems out of reach.
Rafe Stanton is an attorney who always feels a need to fix everything, especially his cousin Noah, whose family has never given him love and who was physically abused by his older brother Michael.
Noah turned to drugs and alcohol, and Rafe was always on the other end of the phone when Noah needed help. In their last phone call, Noah begged him to promise not to let his family undo the best thing he ever did. He promised to see Rafe to explain. Unfortunately, the next day Noah was dead after his car crashed.
Rafe is having a hard time dealing with Noah’s death. Then he discovers the secrets Noah had kept from him. He was married to Logan Tate, and has left everything he had, which is quite a lot, to him.
Unable to be both the executor of the estate and Logan’s lawyer, Rafe asks his friend Kane to take over. The first thing Rafe does is determine whether or not Logan deserves the money, and that Logan didn’t take advantage of Noah while Rafe’s cousin was under the influence of drugs.
Logan has a past too. He was a stripper, was arrested for prostitution, and married to Noah not out of love but because Noah owed him. Exactly what Noah owed him is not something I will reveal.
Rafe finds himself drawn to Logan, and realizes that Noah was happy when he was with him, and that Logan did nothing but expect his college expenses and medical expenses to be paid for. He never wanted Noah’s money, and can’t understand why Noah would give it to him instead of his family – a family that’s not going to take it without putting up a fight.
With the family business in trouble, Noah’s money is needed to keep it afloat, and they are ready, willing and able to do anything necessary to keep Logan from getting it. Even if it means putting Logan’s life in danger.
Rafe is falling for Logan, but once again he’s trying to fix everything and doing what he promised Noah – to make sure Logan gets the money, all of it, whether he wants it or not.
This was a wonderful story about three broken men, one dead and the other two barely hanging on. Logan and Rafe have kept secrets, secrets that could make any chance of a relationship impossible. Rafe needs to stop trying to fix everything and deal with the present. His promise to Noah is secondary to Logan’s wants, and he has to learn to fix himself. The story is filled with amazing characters – Logan’s landlord and his niece who protect Logan as if he was family, and Rafe and Logan who are trying to bury their pasts. A story about locking away mistakes and starting over.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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