by Jocelynn Drake , Rinda Elliott

Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he’s fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man’s soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe’s friends and clients, he’s thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other’s minds.

Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe’s doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn’t a mistake.

Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn’t prepared to accept. One that could break Noah.

This book is on:
  • 2 To Be Read lists
  • 7 Read lists
Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Demisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Bodyguard/Guardian Angel, Criminals & Outlaws, First Time, Friends to Lovers, Hurt / Comfort, Reunited and it Feels So Good, Second Chances
Word Count: 95000
Setting: USA, Ohio, Cincinnati
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Reviews:Riley Hart on wrote:

Rowe and Noah, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways 😉 To say I was excited about Rowe's book is an understatement but seriously you guys...SERIOUSLY, I didn't expect to love it this much. It's hands down my favorite book of the series. Rowe is a little tortured and broken and trying to figure out how to move on. But he's still that loyal, kickass man there for his friends. I think the authors did a fantastic job of balancing Rowe's loss and pain, with him eventually moving on and falling in love again.

And Noah. Dear, sweet, sexy, Noah. I sort of wanted to keep you. Or borrow you. Please, Rowe, can I? Noah is funny, sexy, and loves big. He's my favorite kind of character.

Susan65 on wrote:

Oh, I how I loved Rowe in the first two books and oh, how my heart broke for him when his wife, Melissa, was killed in the last book. I was sitting on pins and needles waiting on his story, and curious as all get out to see how Ms. Drake would take a straight man and create a new reality that would resonate as realistic and plausible. I shouldn’t have worried…this story is solid.

I should have guessed that Rowe had a past as it was alluded to with the way Melissa talked about their sex life. It was a secret that wasn’t very secretive unless you weren’t looking for it. I loved Noah from the get-go and I believe that Melissa would too. I didn’t read the blurb before I started reading so I wasn’t sure at first who Rowan’s new love interest would be…I was thrilled when it turned out to be Noah.

Noah and Rowe have a huge uphill battle to get to their hard fought and won happy ending. Rowe is still deeply mourning his wife and struggling with his renewed feelings for Noah. Honestly, if these two did not have a past it would have been much harder for me to believe that Rowe could love again so soon, but these two have all the makings for a strong and committed future.

Now they just need to stop the psycho that is dead-set on trying to kill and ruin him and his friends. This story is a continuation of that ongoing battle and will continue with the next book. Of which, I cannot wait for Ian and his cop to finally get their story. I loved the way that began in this book and I foresee some excitement coming soon.

Overall Impression: I loved it.

About the Authors

Jocelynn Drake

New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near the Rockies.

When she is not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can be found cuddling her cat Demona, walking her dog Ace, or playing video games. She loves Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She has just completed a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy about two assassins falling in love and trying to create a life together. Her newest project returns to her vampire roots with a new MM paranormal romance series, Lords of Discord. She also co-authors the Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, Pineapple Grove, and Weavers Circle series with Rinda Elliott.

Rinda Elliott

I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept me amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I write in many genres, always with a love story in the mix. Those love stories can be M/F, M/M, or M/M/F. I tend to read more M/M than anything else and am mostly writing that these days. I also co-author MM romantic suspense with Jocelynn Drake.