Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #4
Heroes: Maverick “Mav” James/Eli Galvez
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Release Date: August 18, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Abandoned. Abused. Betrayed.
Ex-cop Maverick “Mav” James needs only three things. His Harley, an open road and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can’t.
Family? They left him long before he left them.
Friends? A liability.
A place to call home? Doesn’t exist.
Mav’s motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn’t matter. No emotional connections. Simple.
Until he meets him.
Alone. Hiding. Broken.
At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that and eight years later, he’s well on his way to having the life he could once only dream of. He’s been accepted into medical school and he’s finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don’t share his blood, but are the only family he’s ever really known.
Only things aren’t what they seem and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences.
One final chance at a real future.
Guys like Eli just aren’t Mav’s type, period. Yet he can’t deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there’s something else in those eyes too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav’s learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he’ll offer.
Because anything else would just cost too much.
Review: Love this series so hard. Love seeing familiar faces come back in future books, and totally look forward to seeing where the series goes from here.
Mav and Eli seemed to be totally wrong for each other, but by the end they couldn’t be more right. Eli has some serious issues to overcome and I was expecting that, but I was more heartbroken for Mav. His visit back to the reservation where he was born was just awful. My heart was bleeding big ugly tears for the man and for the sad little boy he was.
Eli’s life is no walk in the park either, and his issues begin from page one. His past could be major triggers for some readers, so definitely read the tags and warnings. Totally expected someone else to be the villain, which is proof that I should not be leaned on for intuition. I get it wrong every time. But, that just makes reading this book and this series so much more enjoyable.
Probably my favorite scenes are with Hawke. I believe he is my newest book boyfriend, so extra face time was highly appreciated. I think the only thing lacking for me in this installment was the level of action. We get plenty, but it appeared to be a little more low key than than the previous books.
Regardless, the series is amazing and I am chomping at the bit to get to the next book. Do yourself a favor and read them.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*