Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Facing Fears
SERIES: Kiss of Leather #7
AUTHOR: Morticia Knight
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2017
As the men of Kiss of Leather celebrate the resolution of the case of Corey’s kidnappers, Master Hunter worries that he’ll never see Tobey again.
Chuck isn’t about to let one of the key figures behind Corey’s kidnapping get away from him again. Everything he and Stone have discovered through their months-long investigation is about to come together. However, when Chuck follows the suspect to a shipyard, it’s not only his life that’s in danger.
Master Hunter is officially part-owner of Kiss of Leather, so he’s thrilled to raise a toast in celebration, now that the mystery of Corey’s kidnapping has been solved. However, he can’t help but feel left out. Everyone is paired up except for him. He’s never believed in monogamy before, but after Tobey unexpectedly left Kiss of Leather and no one knows where he’s gone, did Hunter make a horrible mistake by not sharing his true feelings?
Tobey is miserable ever since leaving West Hollywood and going back to Idaho. Breaking his own promise to himself by falling in love with his trainer, Tobey left Kiss of Leather impulsively after Master Hunter said something horrible to him. But things at home are worse than ever, and he’s come to realize that those who are related to him by blood aren’t necessarily his true family. The only place he’s ever felt he truly belonged was at Kiss of Leather.
Tobey has to face Hunter if he goes back to Kiss of Leather and Hunter has to figure out what he really wants from life and love. It takes a charity slave auction to show them what they’ve both been too stubborn to see.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.
Book seven is another one of my favorites in the series. I’ve always wondered what ever became of Tobey and now I know that the sweet man finally has his happy ever after. Toby really, really tugged at me the first time he appeared in Building Bonds. But before I get into him and Hunter, let me just discuss the other exciting events that unfolded within the book.
The mystery of who was behind Corey’s kidnapping and the deaths and disappearances of the other subs in the area has finally been solved thanks to Chuck’s persistence. He was absolutely awesome. That entire storyline added another level of spice and excitement to an already amazing story.
I also really liked how she added a genderqueer character into her story. This is one of the things that I absolutely love about this author. Her books always features vast arrays of wonderfully diverse characters and she’s written all of them beautifully. Cruella’s character was extremely well written. She did a superb job of creating a character from another spectrum within the LGBT community. This is the first book that I’ve read where a genderqueer character was included and this character was beautifully portrayed. The author didn’t misgender or make the character a stereotype or and oddity. She wrote this character with the respect they deserved; what all of them deserve.
Now, on to Hunter and Tobey. As I was saying before, I was so glad that Tobey was finally able to get his HEA. You don’t see much of their interaction in previous books in the series, but that’s good because you aren’t burned out on the characters when their story finally rolls around. But oddly, I wasn’t interested in Hunter so much as I was in Tobey. This was because I knew that Hunter would get his stuff together enough to be what Tobey needed. Their finally coming together was such a delight to read. It was beautiful and tender.
I love this series. Her writing style is fantastic. Her editing is always spot on, the overall presentations (covers, fonts,colors) are always beautifully uniform. Her books are the perfect length and her storylines are always consistent. She seamlessly transitions from one book to the other with no plot holes. Her ability to keep you entertained by having multiple events going on in the background while mantaining the focus on the MCs is brilliant.
I highly recommend this author as well as this series.