Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2)

     Author: SE Jakes

     Publisher: Riptide Publishing

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Riptide and Amazon 

     Type: Novel from Series

     Purchased By Reviewer

 

Blurb: Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

 

Review: Well, well.  After separating at the end of the last book, Tom and Prophet are reunited.  Boy, are they ever!  They separated before in the misguided belief that being together was dangerous for each other.  They both have very dangerous secrets in their pasts, things they want to protect the other from.

But Mother Nature intervenes in the form of a hurricane that’s barreling down on New Orleans and Tom’s Aunt Della.  Tom’s stuck on assignment, and although they have had no contact for months, Prophet knows that Tom can’t get to his aunt and goes to New Orleans to help her through the storm.  I really liked Aunt Della.  In spite of her age, she is spunky and refuses to leave her home.  She has two renters, Roger and Dave, a gay couple who have lived with her for years.
At the height of the storm, with thunder crashing and lightening flashing, trees falling and power stopping, Prophet hears an intruder at the kitchen door and tackles him in the yard.  It’s Tom, who has left his assignment without permission to come to the aid of his elderly aunt, the only person who ever protected him as a boy.  The hurricane is minor compared to the storm of passion that crashes down on Tom and Prophet!  In the rain and mud, against the kitchen wall, on the floor and in the shower these two incredibly hot men can’t get enough of each other, and still can’t admit their feelings.  Prophet is reintroduced to Tom’s incredible piercings (that I almost swooned over in book one, Catch A Ghost) and his beautiful tattoos.
While investigating a fire that started during the storm, Tom discovers a body and is immediately found by the local sheriff and accused of murder.  Well, it seems that Tom and the sheriff have a past and things get ugly.  Fast.  At this point, Prophet, while trying to find a way to get Tom out of jail, meets Etienne, Tom’s childhood friend and first lover.  And, dear friends, that’s about as much as I’m going to say about the story.  I don’t want to get into spoilers.
There are some big bright spots in this story.  Along with all the other awesomeness that is Tom, we find out that he’s an alligator whisperer!  That’s just one more thing that turns Prophet on.  The whole cast of characters in this book were fun to read, Etienne’s fifteen year old son, Remy being a highlight.  Cillian is still sending messages to Prophet that are always interesting.
Following Prophet and Tom as they wrestle with the ghosts of their pasts is engrossing, but there are a few downsides to this book, too.  Some of the dialog was a little hard to follow.  I had to re-read several times to figure out who said what.  It got confusing.  This book did not seem quite as cleanly constructed as book one and still managed to keep my attention from the first page to the last.  This is a series I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a sexy, action packed read.
You can find my review of book one in the series, Catch A Ghost here.

And stay tuned!  My review of book three, Daylight Again, is coming soon!

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