Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #1
Heroes: Jonas Davenport/Mace Calhoun/Cole Bridgerton
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 358 Pages
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.
The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?
After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.
Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.
But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…
Review: Jeezy Peezy, what an angst-fest… times three. These poor tormented souls all have issues that have caused our protagonists an unfair amount of suffering. There is an ex-cop, a navy SEAL, and an artist. Three totally different men who find themselves connected in their grief and torment.
Jonas is the true main character as he is the catalyst that brings Mace and Cole together. The three men form an unlikely trio based on mistrust, grief, and fear. They have to confront their pasts, forgive others and themselves, accept a new view on their sexuality, and triumph over those who are trying to end them. Sounds daunting, and it is. I was wondering how they could ever learn to operate as a family unit when so much was stacked against them.
This is a story that one needs to read to completely to understand the emotional impact. The drama seems never ending, the building of their relationship no matter how unlikely, was amazing to see. You have men who have all suffered in different ways, but find the strength to climb out of their own darkness to bring light to the men that they have grown to love. I enjoy reading about angst, it is a favorite of mine, and coupled with the damaged characters, you get a truly a well-rounded emotional punch. I can see why so many have given this book high reviews, and I can definitely tell you that I will be looking forward to seeing where we go from here.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*