Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Chasing the Dragon
Author: Kate Sherwood
Heroes: Jack Hunter/Christian Manning
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When mercenary Jack Hunter stumbles upon Christian Manning servicing a client in a back alley, it stirs feelings he’s kept deeply buried. Hunter becomes Christian’s knight in shining armor when he rescues him from an attack and takes him to his secluded cabin to heal.
Being stuck in the cabin over the winter gives both men a chance to get their lives in order. Christian is struggling to break his heroin addiction, and Hunter needs to get away from the organization he helped start years before—a group of people who don’t appreciate being told no. It’s a toss-up which goal is more difficult. Their new starts spark a relationship between them, but nothing good comes cheap. Despite the complications, Hunter wants more, but Christian is resistant to making that commitment. When Hunter’s private security company threatens them, only nurturing the fragile trust they formed at the beginning of their love affair will save them. But for two men with very dark pasts, relying on each other might be easier said than done.
Review: Whoa; what a drama filled, action packed, no holds barred, knocked down, dragged out slug fest. I had no clue when I started this book that it was going to be such a roller coaster ride. Was it an action story? Yes. Was it a romance? Yes..and no, and yes. Was it everything I was expecting? No…it was much, much more. I was rode hard and hung up wet. This is not a story for you fluffy sweet lovers of pink sugar and lollipops. It is, however, an amazing story of two men who each have demons to fight, dragons to chase, and learning to love and trust in a world where loving and trusting will get you, or loved ones, killed.
Hunter is a mercenary, Christian is a drug addicted prostitute…a match made it heaven, or hell, depending on where you are in the story. This was not an easy read, there were parts that made me cringe, but it was written so well that I could almost imagine it being made into an action film with a side dish of romance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that as I am a reader who loves a lot of substance with my stories and this one delivered.
Watching Christian suffer and fight his addiction and self hatred was hard. Watching Hunter suffer and fight his demons was just as bad…different, but both were heartbreaking. There were times when I thought his was going to be a story without a happy ending, it was getting really close to me flipping to the last page just to verify that it did. I am really glad I didn’t give in to temptation because the final showdown was well worth not being spoilered.
If drugs, violence, perceived infidelity, and a story heavy on action and light on romance is not a hard limit for you, then I highly recommend this book. I am just wondering what took me so long to read it.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*