Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services… and trouble follows.
Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He’s also Ollie’s ex—and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked “gifts,” a bumbling security team, and a family he can’t trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can’t refuse.
While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob’s stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from—and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.
I have to start this off with saying I really really dislike cliffhangers and this book ended with a big one. Ollie and Kade are still working on figuring out their relationship and throwing Jacob into the mix doesn’t help either of their insecurities. I’m hoping that in the next book they will get that much more comfortable and confident in their connection.
This story was told from Kade’s point of view, which gave a bit of a different perspective from Ollie’s in the last book. Kade is pretty good at reading people so it makes it easy to understand Ollie right along with him. However, as with the last book both of them have low self-esteem and spend so much time worrying. I was wrung out after listening to the first two thirds of the book and had to wait a little bit to finish it. The big mystery from the first book of Nathan’s death was mostly put on the back burner for this story and I’m sure it will get summed up at some point but I didn’t think that pretty much just ignoring it in this book was the right thing to do either.
Brian Hutchison did a good job narrating this story. I was able to keep track of the characters and actions in the book through his use of different voices and emotions. I think he portrayed Jacob’s ego and insecurities pretty well.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh is nice and follows the pattern of the series.
Audiobook, 9hrs 47min
Published January 4, 2018 (ebook first published October 7, 2016) by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Haven Investigations #2