Reviewed by Kat
SERIES: Reunion #3
AUTHOR: J.J. Harper
LENGTH: 161 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2016
With Nico by his side, Ryan says goodbye to his old life and moves away, leaving his job and his hometown behind him.
Ready for a fresh new start together, Ryan and Nico settle down into a slower and easier lifestyle and life becomes as perfect as they could wish for.
When Ryan is unexpectedly reminded of the life he happily walked away from, his world is turned upside down when he gets notice of news that he never expected to hear. Ryan is tormented by what is being asked of him; the very thing he was promised would never be asked of him again.
A man Nico once knew returns, and Nico wishes he’d never caught up with Lyle. His ploy to keep Lyle away from Ryan fails and Lyle tells all about his previous connection to Nico. Ryan takes off, leaving no clues as to where he’s gone and Nico is devastated believing that Ryan has left him.
When Ryan finally returns home; so does his past and he is forced to visit an old friend. But things are not what they seem and Ryan must fight as hard as he can to keep himself safe.
Maybe the perfect life with a happy ever after just isn’t in the cards for Ryan and Nico after all.
Reading this may seriously raise your blood pressure, contains lots of hot scenes of sex between two men and has strong language throughout.
This book is intended for 18+ readers.
I have been looking forward to this book, knowing it was the third in the trilogy, and dreading it at the same time. I am a huge fan of this series and Author J. J. Harper has made me fall for her men so hard that I didn’t want their story to end. I knew she wouldn’t disappoint me because her writing is fabulous and believe me…she outdid herself this time!
Elysium picks up right where Reunited (book #2 in the series) left off. Nico is taking Ryan back to his home after helping him recover from nearly dying at the hands of that mad man Marcus. Ryan has retired from the police force, sold his house and is moving away and in with Nico and his roommate Troy. Things are finally looking up for our favorite guys but, as in all good romance books, trouble is lurking in the future.
I have to say, I think that this is by far the best book in the series. Some people believe that I am a sweet and easy romance reader. I do love those once in a while but I prefer something with some “meat and potatoes”. This book was the whole Christmas feast! It had love, hot sex, intrigue, action and yes, romance. Ryan and Nico have been perfect for each other all their life and now they are going to have the chance at their “happily ever after”, but, of course, there have to be a few chinks in the chain. Lyle, Nico’s one-nighter from the first book, shows up and plays his little head games right before Nico heads off to finally find Ryan and hopefully talk. He is just such a sleaze! I can’t believe that Nico had ever even been with him. It shows how low he really had gotten. Next we are introduced to Ryan’s former military leader. In the previous books we learned that Ryan had enlisted after Nico disappeared. We also knew how he could afford such a large house. The last man from his unit, Ben, is asking for him and wanting him to come and talk. Ryan had been assured that this part of his life was over and done with. Ben’s story was raw and touching as was Ryan’s part in it. I am hoping that we eventually get Ben’s story and an HEA.
If you have not read the first two books in the series I highly recommend that you read those first. This is a series that is a continuation of each of the previous books. You really need to read those first to completely understand their story. As I stated, I think I loved this book the most in the series. It broke my heart to have it end. I think that the last two chapters could have easily been book four but that isn’t what was the heart of this story so I understand.
I am really looking forward to the next series, Troy’s story. I have heard that we will still see “my guys” so I am comforted by that. I can not recommend this book or series enough.