Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Chris T. Kat
Series: Jeff Woods Mysteries #2
Heroes: Jeff & Alex
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: When he was outed on the local news, Jeff Woods gave up his dream job as a detective to become an on-air radio personality. The sacrifice was worth it to keep Alex and Sean in his life, but Alex lost his job, too. Jeff can tell Alex worries he’s pressuring Jeff too much, first with Sean and now the lack of money, but he has no idea what that will lead Alex to do. Desperate times bring out the stupidity in some people, and when Jeff discovers Alex is in over his head in a situation he can’t handle, he needs all his self-control to stay calm.
Life is not easy with the Church of Virtue still spouting venom wherever they go, homophobes at the police department, a gangster who wants Alex in the worst possible way, and a bed that barely holds one grown man, much less two (and a child), but Jeff is there to stay for good, and he’ll do what it takes to make Alex believe him.
Months after the events that happened in Attachment Strings, Jeff and Alex are just now starting to get back to normal. Granted if you can call struggling through constant threats from the Church of Virtue, Jeff forced into a job he hates and Alex out of a job altogether normal. Then there’s Sean, who’s nightmares over what he’s been through are just as bad now as they were six months ago, but they have each other and that’s all they want. But when Alex’s financial trouble causes him to do something stupid behind Jeff’s back, putting not only himself but Sean in danger, their lives are once again thrust upside down. Can they get through another dangerous situation or will this time prove more fatal than others?
Okay, so I will freely admit that the little recap above doesn’t do this book justice. I TRIED to explain as best I could what would happen without giving away spoilers but I fear I may have just made things worse. Even so, I wanted to elaborate a little more on what Sacrifices is about. So far, this one definitely was better than the previous book because there’s none of that back and forth of Alex and Jeff’s feelings as there was before. In this one, Jeff has fully embraced his love, possessiveness and jealousy for Alex and is all for showing it off. Jeff’s no longer that insensitive jerk he was but now is more domestic. He’s taking care of Sean like it’s second nature to him and doesn’t make any rude comments or have any nasty thoughts like he once had. Now, he’s sweet, loveable and, okay, he’s still arrogant and full of himself but I LOVED that he’s grown so much. This book showed a more in-depth side to who Jeff is now and I must say, I definitely love the change.
I still adore Alex. He’s young but he also has this innocence to him where he can’t quite see the worst in certain people. Yet, he’s been through so much you’d think he’d be jaded or bitter. Instead, he’s mostly just terrified of what could happen next and especially over the fact that Jeff will come to think of Alex and Sean as too much of a burden and leave. It’s sad, to be honest, but the way these boys felt toward each other made my heart clench. Another gem in this book is Sean, who’s a sweet, loveable kid but a very smart and observant one. He understands remarkably well what is going on around him and he actually made me tear up a little at the end! It was a good teary smile, though!
This was an almost perfect story for me. One that kept me captivated from start to finish because I loved the new developments between Jeff and Alex and what they had to go through once again. My only little niggle is that it was a little too easy for me to spot who the ‘new threat’ from the Church of Virtue was. Also, I felt like some of the resolutions were wrapped up too easily for my liking.
Even with that, though, I still really loved this book. I’m so glad we got to see more of Jeff, Alex and Sean, not to mention Parker and David. There’s a bit of suspense, some deception, quite a few sweet and fatherly moments (between Jeff and Sean, of course!) but there were also a lot of moments that made me grin. I can’t wait for the third installment because I really want to see what happens next! If you liked Attachment Strings then you’ll definitely enjoy this one as well 🙂
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*