Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
“What happens when two broken men collide?”
When Marcus Prater has found his Ben, several things happened at once, including an ambush by the very men who had raped Ben in the past. The aftermath of that battle sees Marcus in the intensive care unit, surrounded by those who love him, his friends Wick, Zachary, Chance and of course Ben Danvers, the young prostitute that brought Marcus emotionally back to life after the death of his partner.
But Marcus needs to recover in more ways than just physically. He needs to let go of his past if there is going to be room in his life for Ben and a future together. It will take all his friends and more for Marcus and Ben to make the transition from a HFN to HEA.
Starry Knight is more about an internal investigation and exploration than an external one. The past two stories have focused on the beginnings and rough path to romance for Marcus and Ben. Marcus withdrew from everyone around him who loved him in his grief over the death of Jeremy, his long term lover. Now with the arrival of Ben and the numerous setbacks their romance entailed, those friends have reappeared in Marcus’ life and its time for Marcus to ask for forgiveness and support. And it is also time for those friends to let go of their anger and pain and give Ben their forgiveness as well.
I loved that this story turned inward and dealt with all the emotions and ramifications of Marcus’ past that had never been dealt with. By bringing together all those people in the formerly close-knit group of friends, brothers in arms actually, the reader is given a clearer picture not only of their relationships but their past as well. These passages are emotional punches to the gut not physical ones and many of them are long overdue.
T.A. Webb does a spectacular job of bringing the reader intimately into this group of strong individuals who consider themselves a family by choice instead of blood. Or in their case, the blood may be that shed on each others behalf, a most singular blood tie that continues no matter how much rejection they might face from each other at any given time. We have been bonding with all of these men through the various Pulp Friction series, and bringing them together gives a real feeling of totality that will satisfy the reader and in sure that we are hungry for more stories involving each of them.
But the most important element of this story is Marcus’ letting go of Jeremy and the love that meant everything to him. It’s necessary in order for us (and Ben) to believe that there is a future available for this couple and the author accomplishes this mission in a heartfelt and totally realistic series of emotional exchanges. Starry Knight ends up being about emotional growth and acceptance, forgiveness and love.
However, this is also in keeping with the previous installments, so there is the rough talk, hot sex, and heart stopping moment of …..well, you will just have to get the book to read about the rest. I love this series, and this couple, Each additional story brings a new dimension and depth to their relationship and the dynamic group of men that supports them. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Consider this story and series highly recommended.
Stories in the City Knight series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters and events to follow: