Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Finding Peace
SERIES: Finding #3
AUTHOR: Sloane Kennedy
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 163 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 28, 2015
“I knew it would be like this…like finding something I didn’t know was missing.” –Luke
Author Gray Hawthorne has it all and he’s on the verge of having even more. His bestselling detective novels are being turned into a movie series that will make him a household name and he’s rubbing a lot more than just elbows with Hollywood’s elite. Money, fame and good looks mean an endless supply of men, both groupies and celebrities alike, which suits Gray just fine. He’s smart enough to know that his 5 minutes in the spotlight will be just that and he plans to enjoy every moment. Until he gets the devastating news that threatens to steal everything away…
Army Ranger Luke Monroe lives and breathes the military. They’re the family he never had and a life without his brothers-in-arms is unfathomable. But the ultimate betrayal has Luke on the run and a twist of fate leads him to the small town of Dare, Montana to seek help from the foster brother who saved him once before. Only the brother he’s searching for isn’t the man he finds and he has no choice but to keep running. Until an encounter on the side of the road with a stranger changes everything.
The last thing Gray wants when he seeks refuge at his cabin in the secluded Montana mountains is company but a run-in with the mysterious and very straight Luke has Gray offering the damaged soldier a place to regroup. And since a physical relationship isn’t even on the table, Gray finds himself enjoying something he hasn’t had in a long time…a real friend.
But what happens when friendship just isn’t enough? When a man who’s only been with women begins to crave more?
With one man running from his past and the other running from his future, will finding each other be enough to bring them peace?
This story was hit and miss for me. I loved Gray, but never warmed to Luke, his character didn’t ring true to me. Least of all going from ‘I’ve never been into men’ to being the aggressor during more than one sexual encounter. Don’t get me wrong, Sloane knows how to heat up the pages. However, this story is the first in the series with rimming… and when a supposedly straight character, (until he met the right man), goes through such a drastic transformation, I wasn’t buying it.
With that out of the way, Gray’s story was heartbreaking, and this might be spoiler-ish so consider yourself warned. Had I known he was battling cancer, and the first half of the book would be about how deathly ill treatment makes you, I probably wouldn’t have read the story. Cancer is a nasty bitch that has touched most of our lives in one way or another. It’s gut-wrenching to watch someone suffer through hair loss, weight loss, vomiting, etc. I’ve witnessed the effects in real life. I read to escape that crap, not to read about it. This is on me, I own it, but it still had to be said.
Then we have Luke, ex-military hiding out, but from what or whom? Of course, this all comes out in the wash, although it required some suspension of belief on my part. I liked the way Luke took care of Gray. I did not like the way he treated Gray when Luke was in the process of handing himself in. Yes, it’s explained why he did it, still doesn’t mean I agreed with Luke’s actions or liked them.
As always, since starting this series I smile whenever there’s mention of the characters from book one, a story that blew me away. Dane, love him!
I don’t know if it was due to my disconnect, or if the author’s writing style has changed, but there were many run on sentences, some as long as 50-60 words which left me gasping for breath. Or perhaps that was intentional on the authors part so the reader would hold their breath and get a feeling of suspense?
In summary this book was just ‘okay’ for me. I encourage people to read other reviews and make up their own mind if this story is for them or not. Although this is book 3 in a series, it can be read as a standalone.