Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Feat of Clay
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #4
Heroes: Tate Williams/Clay Mortimer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 153 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.
Review: Yet another amazing installment to the Men of London series. Susan Mac Nicol can take a wide range of men, from all walks of life, and bring to fruition the parts of their relationships that hit you right in the heart. Clay and Tate were two of the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming men in this series yet.
One of the major aspects of this story that I loved was that they were already an established couple and so we get right into the meat and potatoes of the issues plaguing the men. We know their history from the blurb and from the story itself. I have a special place in my heart for established couples, and find that we don’t have near enough of them in the MM romance genre, so when one comes across, I jump on it.
Tate is suffering heavily from PTSD, and hidden guilt, from his torture and near death while undercover. Clay is committed to keeping him safe. As one would expect when two alpha men come together, that coddling and protection can be perceived as weakness to the one being kept safe. There were many times when I wanted Tate to just accept it for what it was, but in truth, I completely understood where he was coming from. What I absolutely loved was they both dealt with arguments for what they were, even though they didn’t like what the other did, they both respected the other’s need to either get away for awhile or do whatever they had to do. That was refreshing because it wasn’t taken as a personal assault. Tate and Clay were men, not boys.
Clay is just a big, badass alpha male who loves his man and is committed to doing everything possible to help him, love him, and get him back on his feet. He does everything right, in my book, but it just took time for Tate to come to terms with his guilt and his past. Getting that out and moving on was what Tate and Clay both needed to move forward. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them as complete equals at the end, and it made it all worth the trip to get there.
As usual, I highly recommend this book, this series, and this author. Trust me, you can’t go wrong here.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*