Reviewed by Amber
SERIES: The Protectors #5
AUTHOR: Sloane Kennedy
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 353 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4th, 2016
At thirty-four years old, ex-DEA agent Memphis Wheland has lived, loved and lost…everything. The ultimate betrayal by the man he gave everything to has left Memphis with no family, no career and a bone deep bitterness that refuses to release him from its icy grip. His work with an underground vigilante organization is the only light in his otherwise bleak existence. That and the occasional no-strings hookup with men whose only focus in that moment, and for as long as Memphis wants them, is him and only him. No clingy exes, no unrequited love, no relationship drama. Period.
Because Memphis has one rule that he won’t break for anyone or anything. He doesn’t share.
Now if only someone had told that to the young man who would come into his life in the most unexpected way…
With his entire life ahead of him, graduate student Brennan Devereaux wasn’t expecting it to change in the blink of an eye. But when a case of mistaken identity nearly costs Brennan his life, it isn’t just his future that’s about to change, but his past too. Because for years he’s been in love with a young man who only sees him as a friend and nothing more. And while he was content to love Tristan Barretti from afar, he hadn’t expected to be drawn to the mysterious stranger who saved his life and changed it with a simple promise.
I’m not letting you go.
They were words spoken in the heat of the moment as the darkness of death had threatened to claim him, but even as Brennan’s love for Tristan refuses to wane, his need for the intriguing Memphis Wheland continues to grow.
But any relationship with Memphis means he has to let go of the one thing in his life he’s always valued above everything else…
At nineteen, Tristan Barretti should have had the world at his feet. His musical gifts have garnered him prestige as well as admission to the famed Julliard School in New York and he has a family that most people would kill for. But the protective bubble his fathers have kept him in has burst and he’s discovered that life outside his unconditionally loving family isn’t as accepting of a kid born with HIV. A poor decision to find answers to questions better left unasked, along with the complications of living with his disease, have Tristan returning to Seattle and the solace of his family.
And to the young man he’s wanted from the time he was barely old enough to even understand what that meant.
But with an uncertain future that leaves him nothing to offer the gorgeous and successful Brennan Devereaux, Tristan knows the best he can hope for is to keep building on the friendship they’ve shared for years and not get his hopes up that Brennan will be the one man who sees him and not his disease.
Except all bets are off when danger follows him home…
Even though a physical relationship with Brennan was supposed to be just that, Memphis finds himself unable to refuse his young lover’s request to help put a stop to the threat against Tristan. Even knowing full well that Brennan’s heart lies with the man he claims is nothing more than a friend, Memphis accepts the challenge of ensuring Tristan’s safety.
But when the quiet music student stops being a “job” and starts being something much more, Memphis is torn between his growing feelings for both young men and the fear that he’ll be facing an even greater betrayal that he’ll never be able to come back from.
Except none of that matters when the threat that Memphis never saw coming puts Brennan and Tristan in the crosshairs.
And the cost of the vengeance he once craved suddenly comes at too high a price…
I’ve only probably mentioned this like 25 times or so in my reviews of Sloane Kennedy’s The Protector’s series but I’m going to mention it again….HOLY HELL these books are good and so damn addicting. Every single time I finish one a couple different things happen. First, I have to go back and reread the whole thing all over again. Then I have to sit and process it for a bit. After that I have to go and reread my absolute favorite parts which more often than not is basically the entire book all over again then and only then am I finally ready to write my review. I only have that process with Sloane Kennedy books because they’re so damn good and they always deliver the right amount of angst, passion, lust, romance and love…I honestly can’t get enough.
As you can probably tell Book 5 of The Protector’s series did not disappoint. Vengeance is the first book in the series that is M/M/M and while it isn’t my favorite genre I really adored Brennan, Memphis, and Tristan’s story.
If you are a lover of this series you know Sloane Kennedy doesn’t do light-hearted with these men. This one is heart wrenchingly painful, undeniably passionate, and incredibly sweet and hopeful.
Memphis has been chosen to take on the vigilante team that stops the bad guys. Going above the law these men take the lives of people set on hurting others. Memphis is a broken man. Having had his heart ripped out by a former lover he wants nothing to do with happily ever after. But for some reason he can’t get Brennan out of his mind after he helped save his life.
Brennan tormented by a long standing unrequited love is completely caught off guard by the pull he has to the man that saved his life. Only ever knowing being in love with his best friend he can’t stop himself from acting on the attraction to Memphis.
Memphis and Brennan set out on a no strings attached relationship and are completely unprepared for how well Brennan’s best friend Tristan fits into their situation.
On rocky ground all three men come together during a very violent and scary time.
Like the others before it this one is on FIRE, smoky hotness. Out of this world hot but romantic and loving as well.
This is such an unbelievably great addition to the series. Without a doubt…recommend!!