Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Choked Up
Author: Hank Edwards
Series: Up to Trouble #4
Heroes: Mark Beecher/Aaron Pearce
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 355 Pages
Publisher: Hank Edwards
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Mark Beecher is still recovering from his abduction on Barbados. He and his boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Aaron Pearce, have a lot to process due to those traumatic events, and in the months since, both have experienced accomplishments and setbacks.
When a case in Detroit calls Pearce back to the city where the two met, he grudgingly leaves Mark on his own. The case involves the murders of four gay men, all strangled, and all with a note in one hand. These notes contain clues that point to a case from Pearce’s past, and proves what he already fears: Robert Morgan, terrorist mole within the FBI and Pearce’s former lover, has invited Pearce back to Detroit to finish things between them.
With Pearce gone, Mark focuses on his recovery, a process that accelerates once he sees a news report from Detroit and realizes the toll this new case is taking on Pearce. Mark decides it’s time to stop letting fear control his life. He will join Pearce in Detroit, and together they will stop Morgan once and for all.
Review: This book is part of my favorite Hank Edwards series, and I was beyond excited when after a long hiatus, Mark Beecher and his large and in charge, hunky special agent, Aaron Pearce, were back. Book three was easily my favorite in this series, and the most heartbreaking. The repercussions from that story are felt in this book, and the recovery process of Mark being kidnapped and nearly sold as a sex slave, is emotional and almost just as sad. Mark is a great guy but his PTSD is horribly crippling and he is no longer the same man, but Aaron is determined to help Mark overcome his trauma. However, life is just about to get even more difficult because a villain from their past has resurfaced and these two are now thrust right back into danger before they were able to fully recovery from their last adventure.
This book is almost a full circle from where Mark and Aaron first began, in Detroit, with Aaron’s ex-FBI colleague and ex-lover turned serial killer. Robert Morgan got away in book one but since he was the reason Mark and Aaron actually met in the first place, I can’t hate on him too much…however, the man is pure evil and what he does is horrific. Okay, I changed my mind, I can hate on him, he’s horrible and gets exactly what he deserves in this book.
What I like the most about this book was the mystery surrounding the murders and the psychological aspects of not knowing who the mole inside the FBI really was…was it Jake, Aaron’s new partner, or was it someone else…or was it no one? This book is written in such a way that you know who the killer is but not his accomplice. I must admit I was glad that it wasn’t who I thought it was from the beginning. I also loved that Aaron was much more lovable and openly allowed his emotions and feelings for Mark to surface.
So, with all those vague sentences above, I highly recommend this story for those who’ve read the first three books in this series. This book basically wraps up a lot of loose ends and our guys end up in a really good place. I also recommend the series for those who haven’t started yet. It is well written and you will love Mark and Aaron, I guarantee it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*