Review: Long time gone by SE Jakes

 Series: Hell or High Water (Book 2)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Mystery

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: Same as the first book’s cover: love

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: child abuse, suicide, rape, alcoholism

Description: When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

Review: Usually follow-up books are not as good as the first, if the first was very good. You’re used to a certain standard and it can be hard to meet said standard. Not here. I wouldn’t be able to say, if I love Catch a ghost (review here) or Long time gone more.

Tom and Prophet’s characters and relationship get more depth and I really felt like I knew them in real life. You don’t have to forgo the sexy scenes between them, but do prepare for heartache. Oh my god, the heartache and overall feels! Luckily you’ll get Aunt Della and her housemates, so there’s still enough humour in this one. I’m really hoping we’ll see them again.

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