Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: Bryan & Jase
SERIES: Something About Him
AUTHOR: AD Ellis
LENGTH: 366 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2016
Jase Rafferty grew up hiding his sexual curiosities—until he meets Bryan Keating. Bryan’s sexual preference is no secret, and being deployed overseas together allows the two men to forge a solid friendship. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but after one lust-filled week, they must go their separate ways.
A year later, a chance meeting gives them one more weekend together, even though they know Jase can’t risk his military career or his family obligations to be with Bryan.
Several years pass before Jase finally accepts the desperate longing in his heart and body. But when fear and hatred threaten to tear them apart, Jase must make a tough decision, one that he isn’t sure he and Bryan can overcome. Together, they must choose to weather the storm or say goodbye forever.
*There is a free prologue story available called Bryan & Jase: The Beginning. It shows how Bryan & Jase first get together.
This is a different type of story. As it begins Bryan and Jase have been together and are separated. Not knowing if they will ever see each other again. They are crazy about each other and want to be together, but Jase’s fear of coming out to his family and his military career make it impossible. Things get even more complicated when they return to the States, the quick divorce Jase is anticipating does not happen and he ends up even more trapped in a loveless marriage…now with a child.
When the do meet again, outside forces conspire to keep them apart and Jase’s fear of losing his son drive his actions. Jase’s dreams of him and Bryan Making a life together with his son, Gray, seem to be out of reach. When Jase finally sees the opportunity to take a chance to be with Bryan and grabs it, he finally believes they have made it. But once again, an outside force tries to tear them apart and Jase must finally make the stand he needs to, to live happily ever after.
My favourite character in this story is Bryan. I haven’t mentioned him much yet because his role in the story is mostly reactionary. He is helpless to watch Jase leave him again and again, but he does it because he knows that it has to be Jase who makes a stand for them. It is his love for Jase, and then Gray, that makes this all work. Watching him meet Gray and fall in love with him, just melted my heart. He is willing to do whatever Jase needs him to do so they can be a family together. My frustration with the story is with how long it takes Jase to make his stand for Bryan. And when he does, it is a little anticlimactic.
Overall I enjoyed the book and read it rather quickly. Jase and Bryan are both relatable and Gray is adorable. I found the separations and reunions to be believable. I will definitely be checking out the future books in the series, I am especially looking forward to the story of Bryan’s friend Braeton,.