Reviewed by Caroline
SERIES: Brawlers Book 3
AUTHOR: JM Dabney
PUBLISHER: Hostile Whispers Press
LENGTH: 195 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
Welcome to Brawlers Bar…
They said men only get better with age, distinguished and all that BS, but Archer “Bulletproof” Woods hadn’t gotten better. At fifty-six he was still as much an asshole as he’d been in his twenties and thirties, hell, maybe he was worse. Being a bouncer at a bar called Brawlers suited him just fine and he even tolerated the rest of the crew who’d taken up residence in his house when they’d had nowhere else to go. He was big, growly and homely that kept the parade of men passing through Brawlers at arm’s length for the past decade. One night changed all that.
What he’d thought was happily ever after turned into a nearly five year nightmare. Gregory Charles appeared to have it all, a successful business, sophistication, and a perfect marriage. His friend and best employee, Landon, begged him to come out to a friend’s bar to celebrate Landon’s anniversary. What could it hurt? A night without contemplating the hell that would come down on him the moment he served his husband with divorce papers would do him good. That is until he met the brooding older man staring into a whiskey straight ignoring everyone around him.
Watching for trouble was his job and Gregory screamed mistake as soon as the long, lean and handsome man sat down beside him. But he also knew when someone was in over their head and Gregory needed someone to watch his back. That someone was Bull, only time would tell if he’d have to fight Gregory as much as the man after him.
Fans of this series, even fans of the Twirled World Ink series, will have been waiting with as much anticipation as I have for Bull’s story. Bull is the gentle and grumpy giant who opened his house and filled it with strays over the years. Those strays now have partners and family of their own but they are also a family unit themselves and Bull is the Papa Bear. At over 50 years old Bull is lonely even though his house is full of people and when he looks back he can’t help but drown in his regrets.
This is a love story with a significant age gap that really works from the beginning. Bull is just as fierce, in fact even more so, than most of his friends and colleagues from Brawlers but he is left unsure and floundering a bit when the chance of love is upon him. He married young and devoted his life to a wife that was more a friend and a friend that came in the shape of a bottle. He has pulled together a new family by opening the doors of his home to men who are struggling and just need a moment to breathe. He is possessive, dominant and once he considers you family he will protect you with everything he s.
Gregory Charles is completely out of his comfort zone when he enters Brawlers. That introduction to and odd little group of men is the thing that saves his life a few days later when his abusive husband takes things too far and Landon and Bull wade in to save the day. From the start Bull is enamoured by Gregory to the point that he forgets about his own troubles for a while. But is the younger man really interested in him or just grateful for saving him?
Bull absolutely deserved his happy ending and I’m so pleased that the author found the perfect partner for him. There were the same editing issues as always in the book – I hate mentioning it every time I review this series but I really feel the author is being let down. There is no excuse for a character’s name to be wrong three times – his name is Twitch not Twitched. Despite the errors I fully intend to continue on with the series as this author has me totally addicted to the men and family that has been created!