REVIEWED by Jen B.
SERIES: The Protectors #7
AUTHOR: Sloane Kennedy
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 280 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2017
“I trusted once. I won’t make that mistake again…”
An ugly childhood and devastating betrayal have left 25-year-old Cain Jensen scarred inside and out. Protecting himself means keeping everyone at arm’s length and protecting others means never getting emotionally involved. In the three years since he’s joined an underground vigilante group, every life he saves helps ease the guilt of the ones that were lost to him so long ago. So when he’s sent to a remote cabin in the Cascade Mountains just north of Seattle to follow up on the disappearance of his boss’s co-worker, his only thought is to see that justice is served, no matter what the circumstances.
“I’ve finally managed to break free, but I’ve never felt more trapped in my entire life…”
Ethan Rhodes has been running for six months, but it’s never fast enough, it’s never far enough. At 30 years old, the talented ER Doctor should be spending his days saving other people’s lives, not worrying about his own. But he knows that the four years of physical and emotional abuse he’s suffered at the hands of his volatile ex are nothing compared to what will happen when Ethan runs out of places to hide, especially after taking something from the man he once was sure would be the love of his life.
“I didn’t see this coming. I don’t think he did either…”
To get to the truth, Cain must first get through Ethan’s defenses, but watching the other man’s walls start to come down forces Cain to face his own past. And as the tremulous connection between the two men grows and gives way to something more, both will need to decide if they’re willing to risk giving each other the one thing that has cost them so much in the past…trust.
Will two men who’ve vowed never to let someone close again let down their guard long enough to find each other, or will they let their pasts determine their future?
Trigger Warning: This book includes references to physical, emotional and sexual abuse so please proceed with caution
Note: This book contains M/M sexual content and is intended for mature audiences.
***This is Book 7 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone story – no cliffhangers.***
Neither had it easy from beginning, right up until the end, as they each had to deal with their pasts in order to have a future. This was heartbreaking but sweet, sexy and realistic without extra fluff, and I loved everything about it. Definitely my favorite so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!