Reviewed by Becca
AUTHOR: Cecilia Tan
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 177 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2017
Eric Sakai-Johnson joined the Navy SEALs to protect his country and the people he loves. After discharge, he finds himself relegated to protecting big pharma billionaire Aiden Milford from assassination attempts and kidnapping. Until Aiden reneges on a promise, fires Eric, and lets Eric’s mother die with millions of dollars in medical debt.
Now Eric is the kidnapper. Snatching Aiden’s twenty-two-year-old son, Chase, for a multi-million-dollar ransom is the only way to get justice. It’s time for Aiden to learn what it’s like when someone you love is at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Eric has it all planned out. The one thing he didn’t plan for is the intense erotic spark between him and Chase.
Chase has been chafing under his father’s autocratic control. A gay hookup app has been his only ticket to rebellion—to clandestine moments of freedom, excitement, and danger. Now it’s his ticket to a deep connection and amazing sex with his “captor.” On the rocky island where they’re sequestered, Chase finds Eric to be everything he wants in a man: quiet, strong, capable, and honorable . . . until he finds out he’s been captured for real.
This book was a little weird for me. I guess falling for someone who kidnaps you can only be done in books or the movies. Unless you have something like Stockholm syndrome or whatever it’s called. I don’t know. To be honest, the sex scenes threw me off a little too. I’m all for BDSM and a little bit of rough sex, but some of it was too much for me. But what one person doesn’t like another does, so read and make your own decision.
Eric is furious with his ex-boss. After firing him just because he’s gay, he stripped him of all benefits as well, which caused all of him mother’s cancer treatments and things to be stopped and eventually her death. It also put Eric in severe debt. So to ‘pay him back’ or to get his revenge, he decides to kidnap his very gay son and hold him for ransom. The minute he sees Chase again, though, he almost can’t go through with it because his lust is so great. Plus he remembers that young boy and doesn’t want to hurt him. But Chase thinks he’s there for sex and a little rough play and role play and it works out in Eric’s favor. So Eric makes it a game. Days go by wrapped in sex and learning outdoor life survival for Chase, until a slip of Eric’s name by Chase, and the jig is up. Chase remembers Eric from years ago and thought this was a game and he finds out it’s for real. Things go belly up. Eric gets caught, Chase is shoved back under his father’s thumb and there doesn’t seem like a chance for anything to be good anymore.
In the beginning I feel for Eric. Having to go through what he did with his parents deaths. But as the book went on, I almost begin to really dislike him. I understand he was fired for the wrong reason, and it was bs, but to kidnap someone was the start of very bad decisions. Finding out why he was kicked out of the military was a shocker too. Being discriminated for being gay ticks me off but with his actions with his mates, it’s like the wanted to be booted and it was tacky. Chase was the one I felt sorry for in this book. Chase was the one I adored. All he wanted was out from under his father’s homophobic thumb. So he played around on sex apps to get what he needed. He father refused to let him even learn how to drive. Wouldn’t let him follow his dreams. So when Eric wants to play this ‘game’ with him, I don’t blame him for wanting to escape. He goes far in the fantasy, expressing at times what he really wants. And then even when asked what he doesn’t like, he gets it done to him anyway. That ticked me off. I guess what got me is even after all Eric put him through, he still defended him when it all came to a head. And said he loved him. At least he got a few punches in.
Like I said, read it and decide for yourself. See what you think. I’m still weirded out by it. Happy reading!