Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Ashley John
Heroes: Joshua Silverton/Ezra Steele
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 342 Pages
Publisher: Ashley John
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths: his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.
Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.
A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.
Review: This was one of those books where you start out really not liking a character or characters much in the beginning, but they blossom and grow into something totally different as the story progresses.
This is how I felt about Joshua. Yes, he had reasons for running in the first place, but he has basically lived off his trust fund traveling and partying his life away for the past seven years. It isn’t until his cousin and good friend asks him home to attend her wedding, plus the fact that he is running low on funds, that he comes home at all. He learns that his father died over a year ago, he was left with no inheritance, and some outsider is running the company his father tried to get him to take control of but which he basically threw in his father’s face before running off to party in foreign countries. Not very many redeeming qualities at this point.
Then we meet Ezra, a seemingly slick rich guy with the cars and ego to match. He screws guys left and right, not even remembering their names. But, he is harboring some dark demons. He has a crazy ex who blames him for the death of their young daughter and has yet to pull herself out of the downward spiral she began five years ago when the event occurred. He carries around a lot of guilt about this, but has put it enough aside to rise to the top of taking over Silverton Industries. He is dealing with the issues surrounding the company, as well as his psycho ex, and, we get glimpses of a few redeeming qualities from him, but not very many.
But when these two meet not knowing who each other really is, things begin to change, mostly from Ezra. They have explosive chemistry, that’s for sure. But then the truth comes out when their identities are made known to each other. What ensues is a lot of mistrust from both sides as they try to discover their respective motives. How did Ezra manage to get everything upon Bill Silverton’s death? How will Joshua manage to get back that which he believes should be his, etc. Ezra manages to convince Joshua to work with him, keeping him close, but the mystery and unanswered questions remain, even as their sexual chemistry explodes. The sex is extremely hot, especially as these two are pretty angry at each other and their circumstances throughout the story. But eventually, things shift and they are both left thinking about what is more important to them.
I really enjoyed this story. It is long, but it moves along at a good pace and kept my interest throughout. It was well written and the characters were shown in vivid color. There are some great side characters, including Joshua’s cousin, Violet, his best, albeit annoying, friend, Levi, and Ezra’s little brother, Felix. I was not ready to let these guys go once they finally had their plans figured out and am excited to see there is a sequel planned. This was my first book by Mr. John, and I was quite impressed and looking forward to reading more.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*