Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
This is a story of two men who need each other’s help, but aren’t aware until it’s almost too late.
Noah is a gay male who is terrified that anyone would find out. So much so that when he was blackmailed with pictures of himself with another man, instead of coming clean, he’d left his SEAL team without a word. Mason is a former Marine and now part of the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task force and he’s openly gay.
Eight years after meeting in the desert a chance event put them together again.
As they try to forge a relationship, Noah needs to decide if he’s ready to accept who he is, or if it’s easier to cut and run.
When Mason’s case at the Bureau goes into a spiral, Noah steps in to help. But even with Noah’s abilities, will working as a team help Mason figure out in their short time together what he couldn’t in the past two years?
This novel is more than the story of Noah and Mason’s relationship; it’s also a tale of how their destiny played out.
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Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Alpha Character, Blackmail, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, Friends to Lovers
Word Count: 104000
Languages Available: English
He waved down the bartender and ordered another drink.
He was about halfway into it when one of the four guys got up and went to the bathroom. Another appeared ready to join him, but instead found his way over to Mr. Military, sitting all by his lonesome. Mason’s heart sped up. The guy planned to make a move, and for reasons he couldn’t fathom, Mason had missed the chance. Not able to hear what they were saying, Mason watched with sadness in his heart. Two down, three to go—if he decided to go for it. The first one came out of the bathroom. Instead of joining his friends at the bar, he headed to the table to join his friend currently with the military man. It just keeps getting better. Mason’s imagination went wild. Bet those guys are going to have a three way. Yeah. My luck, the other two will join in as well.
Done wallowing over missed opportunities, Mason was ready to give up and go home. Those guys are straight.
Probably talking about the latest model of muscle car to hit the market. Mason’s best chance at action was at home with his hand. He remained caught in his stare across the room when he noticed the two guys still standing at the bar turn toward their friends, their bodies tense. The hair on the back of Mason’s neck stood on edge. Something was about to go down, and it wasn’t an orgy. Mason sat there for a few more seconds as the two guys talking at the back table headed back over to the bar. They all stood tall, their bodies posed to show off their muscles.
Mason’s gut twisted. Not having a clear idea of what was happening, Mason stood down, thinking perhaps he imagined the tension. That’s when the talking between the men increased in volume.
Mr. Crew Cut, still at his table, stood up.
It wasn’t long before the curses, which sounded to be aimed at the guy that was alone, echoed throughout the room. The bartender hustled over to where the four guys stood.
Mason held his breath. Then before he could register what transpired, the four guys, and the other, headed for the door. All five expressions told of the upcoming war. Four against one was never fair, even when the one looked as if he could take down the others single-handedly.
Never leave a man behind, regardless of which branch they fought. Not having another choice, Mason got up and met the group as they reached the entrance.
His chest puffed out, Mason spoke in his most authoritative voice. “This isn’t a good idea.”
“You need to get out of here.”
Mason wasn’t sure which one of the four had spoken, as they suddenly all looked the same. Big and stupid.
“I don’t think I can do that,” Mason said, focused on staring down the guy he’d decided was the leader. Mason hadn’t had a chance to witness the single guy’s reaction to his coming over. “If you’re going to head outside with him, I’m going to have to come along. And trust me, things won’t be pretty.”
Mason watched as three of the guys turned, ready to continue their walk of the condemned; the fourth hadn’t moved, and a frown marred his face.
Shit. Mason pulled out his wallet, opened it, and held up his badge. Maybe there wouldn’t be a fight in his future after all. “Really think this is a bad idea.”
All five guys stared, their eyes locked on the piece of metal that had gotten Mason out of a lot worse. The four amigos, who’d had so much to say moments ago, seemed to lose their voices. Mason half expected them to simply turn and walk away.
Then one of the guys found his balls. He glared at Mr. Military and said, “You’re lucky your friend here bailed you out. Would’ve ended you.”
Mr. Military stood up taller. “He’s not my friend. I’ll be happy to head outside right along with you,” the jackass said.
“Get the hell out of here. Now,” Mason reiterated. “Before I call in backup.” They hadn’t needed to know the kind of backup Mason had wouldn’t show up for a fight at a bar. Well, they would if it was one of their own involved. But in this instance, where Mason had made himself part of the incident, he wouldn’t ask them. Taking a cursory gander at the guy he’d be fighting alongside, he was sure he wouldn’t have to call for backup anyway.
The goons left without another word to Mason. Too busy bitching to each other on their walk down the concourse.
Mason turned around for his first real look at the guy he’d just saved. His stare met a pair of dark green eyes that seemed to be looking right through him. They also seemed to be familiar.
“Are you kidding me?” Mason asked at the same time Mr. Military said, “Why don’t you stay the hell out of other people’s business?”
“Are you kidding me?” Mason repeated, and this time when he said it the guy—Navy, as Mason used to call him—stayed quiet.
Tanja Kezmic on Goodreads wrote:
This is one of those books that when I set down to read it, I got so caught up in everything going on that I just could not put the book down. It has so many twists to it. There is always so many unanswered questions that as the reader you have no clue what way LA Bryce was going to twist things around next. This is definitely one of those books that I was constantly rooting for the two main men hoping they would figure their crap out and end up together but I honestly was not sure if they would do that or not. Or at least not before it was to late because there is something bad coming and these two men are definitely going to end up right in the mix of it all.
There is not two men that I think is more fated for one another then these two men but they let everything in their lives come between them. I found myself routing for these two hoping they would figure everything out. This was a great read. I really enjoyed his book. I hope that LA Bryce will make this into a series because I would love to have more of these two men in the future.
Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
Don't you just love the names Noah and Mason??
These two made me so happy. I absolutely loved this book. It had just enough of an intrigue that kept me glued to my Kindle and don't even get me started on the chemistry!? Smoking hot!! But despite the chemistry It was painful to read how much Noah struggled with his feeling for Mason in the first half of the book. For a second I thought they wouldn't find the reason to stay together and thank God they did otherwise my Kindle would be flying across the room.
First book by L.A.Bryce and I'm already a fan.