Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Cara Dee
Series: Aftermath #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 245 Pages
Publisher: Cara Dee
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Three years ago, Chase Gallardo ran toward freedom with his fellow survivors after having spent five months in captivity. He hasn’t stopped running since. Only now, it’s the memories he’s constantly trying to escape. Haunting echoes of a man who forced Chase to play the part of another, the kidnapper’s younger brother. Chase may have survived, but that doesn’t mean he’s really living. Until one day, when his employee tells him there’s a man sitting at the bar, wearing only underwear.
Remy Stahl has given up—almost. For a year, alcohol, drugs, and faces without names have kept him company. But he has two friends who refuse to give up on him, and they lock him up in his house in an attempt to save him from himself. Though, never underestimate an addict’s desire to see the bottom of another bottle. Remy escapes, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass that he’s nearly naked.
This is the sequel to Aftermath, where Cam and Austin met, struggled, and fell in love. Outcome takes us back to Bakersfield with Chase and Remy’s story. Fueled by anger, guilt, and shame, they’re not off to an easy start. But it’s only a matter of time before they learn how much they need each other in order to move on.
Review: I’ve been waiting for this for what seems like forever, and I know I’m not alone. I absolutely loved Aftermath, and while I was unsure about how this could possibly compare, I longed for it regardless and was not disappointed.
For starters, Austin and Cam are still quite a big part of this story. It has been three years since we last saw them, and things have been going pretty well for them. They are married and raising Austin’s daughter. While they still have their issues, they seem to have things under control. They’ve friended Chase, who lives and operates his bar just down the road from where they live.
Chase hasn’t been doing as well. He didn’t go through the abuse and injuries like Cam and Austin did, but he still struggles with the events from their captivity. His biggest issue is with the feeling of helplessness and not being able to help due to his being cuffed for the duration. He has extreme anger about everything and is especially focused on why he believes he was taken. He is deep in the closet due to his upbringing and his belief that he was taken right after a back alley hookup.
Then there is Remy, poor sweet Remy. He is the half-brother of the kidnapper, Ben. He feels so guilty for the part he believed in aiding Ben. He’s suffered quite a bit since then, with his family blaming him for ruining them. He is in a downward spiral, full speed ahead. He is so miserable and is just on a path of self destruction, drinking and drugging. A complete hot mess. Thankfully, his two friends take matters into their own hands, locking him away and forcing detox.
Chase looks to Remy for answers, and they end up helping each other. They butt heads at first, with Chase being so angry, blaming Remy, and it takes some time for Remy to stop fighting and pushing Chase to hurt him. It takes a while, but when they realize they need each other and take things further, holy smokes, is it hot. They are so perfect for each other – exactly what they each need to get past their issues. But they aren’t perfect, and they have setbacks. But, with the help of their friends who they finally realize are their actual family, they make it through.
This didn’t have quite the intensity as Aftermath, but it was totally worth the wait. I was still riveted and turning pages, though not on the edge of my seat as with Aftermath. I loved seeing the other guys again, loved seeing Chase and Remy finally get some peace and healing and finding love and family in the process. I can’t imagine where a next book would take us, but I’m hoping there’s another one coming and we’ll get to see these guys again.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*