Reviewed by Kimberley
SERIES: Losing My Way (Queens of Kings spin off)
PUBLISHER: Carnal Embrace Romance Publishing, LLC
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2016
**This is an erotic novella featuring graphic and explicit language and sexual content between consenting adult men in a loving relationship. Reader discretion is advised.**
A near-fatal shot through his chest teaches Lieutenant Bryan Smyth of the NYPD two things: He wants to live to see more days and he wants to spend them with his estranged husband, Justice.
Poor decisions made under the strain of grief split the seams of their marriage. Now it’s up to Bryan to show Justice there’s still enough of their love left to salvage from the ruins, still something worth the battle ahead.
Bryan’s shooting has opened Justice’s eyes to new lessons too. The first, tomorrow isn’t promised, the second, life’s too short to live in misery. Justice has watched Bryan shuffle back and forth attempting to balance the man he is at home and the man he has to be at the precinct for too long. Now, he’s done. The only problem is, Justice’s heart is having a hard time adhering to the exit strategy in his head.
Desperate to repair their bond, Bryan does the only thing he can to keep his marriage intact, he calls his crazy sister-in-law, True to stir up some organized chaos. She’s a wildcard, yes. As unstable and deadly as nitroglycerin, but she gets the one thing Bryan needs more than anything, results.
The only question left: Is family and fidelity enough to get them through love’s changes, or is this really the end?
**This book is a spin off from the Queens of Kings series featuring Bryan Smyth and Justice Amare. Although related to the Queens of Kings world, you do not need to read that series to understand this one.**
This is a new to me author and I must say that she definitely has my full attention. I was picking up what she was putting down with this; I really dig her writing style. And I like the vibe of her work.
This novella, at just under one hundred pages reads like a three plus page novel. There so much depth within it doesn’t seem and you wouldn’t think that you’re reading a novella. Her characters are extremely well developed and written with a storyline that is just as well written.
You have these two men who go through trials and tribulations just like any other couple. And as in any marriage, the trials can sometimes take their toll on the people within it and rip them apart. Lack of communication, misplaced guilt and old demons were all the factors responsible for the breakdown of this marriage.
From the beginning you see that these two men deeply love each other but because of the pain and grief they’ve had to endure within the last five years, they saw no other alternative but to separate and or divorce. Justice feels that for him, there is no other alternative. This is where communication is very important in your marriage because as you continue to read, you realize that the reasons that Justice thinks they should divorce weren’t correct.
The surrounding characters in this book were wonderful. As I’m reading, I realized that they’re actually part of another series but that’s fine as she made it clear enough to where you can follow the story as it unfolds in this novella.
One thing is for certain: I will definitely check out the series that this novella is spin off from. The supporting characters are so rich and so bold that I am really interested in immersing myself writhing their stories.
I also would like to point out that I absolutely loved the way that she portrayed the POCs, particularly the women of color, in this novella. She portrays them as really strong, yet vulnerable, intelligent and witty with a touch of sassy, full of classy, beautiful and fierce. I mean, there were only two women of color in this particular novella but all of those qualities were in those two women and it was so well written that even though these two characters (Heart and True) made brief appearances, they made a lasting impression on me.
This book is definitely multicultural/interracial and I love that about it.
These two men are absolutely great characters. You are reading this novella and you can definitely relate to them because let’s face it everyone of us has been in a situation where we may have gone through what these gentlemen have.
Justice and Bryan weathered many storms together, twenty-one years worth, to be exact.
At the end of this novella you just know that these men are going to weather many more storms and come out stronger for it.
I definitely recommend this novella as well as this author.