Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Faded Into You
SERIES: Intoxication #2
AUTHOR: Remmy Duchene
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 147 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2016
Fighting love is futile...
Ravinder Raja never saw himself as a jealous person, but when his best friend, Alfred, begins preparations to get married, Ravinder can’t help feeling alone. While kicking his best-man duties into high gear, he finds a job in India working as the PR rep for a wounded security company. He just wants is to get away from all things ‘wedding’ until he has to face the music. He never expected Thaddeus Masterson and the way his body will betray him when it comes to the sexy ex-hacker.
Thaddeus Masterson got into some serious trouble when he was young. But now, reformed and fresh off working with the FBI, he’s decided to go back into business for himself—legally. When a friend’s company is brought to its knees by hackers, Thaddeus reluctantly packs his stuff and jets off to India. It’s the last place he expects to find love. But as they say, love always finds a way.
This is the second in the Intoxication series and tells Ravi’s story. Ravi’s best friend is getting married to the man of his dreams and Ravi’s the best man/planner. Seeing his best friend find happiness and finally tying the knot reminds Ravi of his own lonely state. Decidedly restless, he takes a job in India as a PR rep for two years to help get a company back on track after being hacked.
Thad is a former black hat hacker turned successful programmer/software engineer/internet security consultant/computer genius is fresh off a job helping the Feds when he gets a call from an old friend in India to assist them in getting his company back on track after being hacked.
The two men meet and it’s instant attraction. Thad embraces it while Ravi initially fights against it. Why he did that initially, I don’t really know but it made it all the more sweeter when Thad got through to him, which he did by simply backing off. This action threw Ravi off and really made him think about what he was doing. Thinking back on it now, I believe the reason for his initial resistance is because the attraction took him unawares. He went to India in search of himself and found love instead.
As always, I enjoyed reading this author’s work. I LOVE the fact that I will ALWAYS read about people of color and I don’t have to chant, throw salt over my shoulders and pray, afraid that I’ll find a racial or ethnic stereotype in her stories that’s going to make me want to drag her for filth over it. I can rest comfortably in the knowledge that I am going to have a lovely read about men who share my racial or ethnic background as well as many others who simply meet, fall in love and live their lives just like everyone else. There are NO unnecessary stunts and shows in her stories. Her male characters are both strong men, they’re equal in every way. Both are mature, strong willed and with a touch of fire to them. I really, really like that.
There was one tiny hole I found in the storyline. It has to do with Thad’s age not being mentioned although he makes references twice about being old. It would’ve help to know his age since he referenced himself as old twice. But that was a needle sized hole and did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the story.
I’m really looking forward to reading what happens next.