Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: Gone Away
SERIES: Circles #4
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 130 pages
Mason Arquette isn’t one for mincing words. In fact, he often rubs people the wrong way—with the exception of Riece Burrell. Riece came with his own set of social issues, but he saw right through Mason’s tough exterior, and they made a perfect couple. Or so Mason thought… until Riece abruptly ended their relationship without much explanation.
Years later, Mason and Riece are thrown back together. As a US Forestry Service photographer, Riece is sent on assignment to the Black Hills, where Mason works. When Mason is tasked with guiding Riece around the territory, old feelings quickly are rekindled.
But nothing is ever easy. Just as Mason and Riece begin to work things out, they’re targeted by people with motives so vile and twisted they defy imagination. In a desperate race for their lives, they must depend on one another and take a big step out of their personal comfort zones to find their way back to safety—and back to love.
Mason and Riece used to be a thing in college but Riece, afraid that Mason would soon come to hate him for constantly having to deal with his issues, broke it off with little more than a goodbye. Now, years later, Mason is given the task of showing Riece around the local National Forest to photograph the area. The chemistry they had in school is still very much between them, but Mason is gunshy and Riece is not sure that if he is ready to trust the words being told to him. But their trust issues are the least of their problems when a group of hunters corner them in the woods.
It was kinda weird, the way that the first half of this book was kinda super fluffy, lovers-reunited, let’s have awesome sex all over the place…but the second half was more run for your lives in terror. But it was also a very nice story that the juxtaposition didn’t bother me all that much.
I was glad to see that even though this was book four in the series that it worked well without having read the previous three books. There are some references to past events, but everything was in context enough that my lack of familiarity didn’t ruin anything.
One of my favourite parts of this story was Riece. I loved how well written he was. We were not given any technical definitions as to why he reacts the way he does in certain environments, but we really didn’t need that. He was real and incredibly interesting.
I would have liked a bit more explication about what the hell was going on with the hunters, but overall this was an enjoyable story. I might give the next camping trip a miss though.