Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #7
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 336 Pages
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Release Date: April 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “I trusted once. I won’t make that mistake again…”
An ugly childhood and devastating betrayal have left 25-year-old Cain Jensen scarred inside and out. Protecting himself means keeping everyone at arm’s length and protecting others means never getting emotionally involved. In the three years since he’s joined an underground vigilante group, every life he saves helps ease the guilt of the ones that were lost to him so long ago. So when he’s sent to a remote cabin in the Cascade Mountains just north of Seattle to follow up on the disappearance of his boss’s co-worker, his only thought is to see that justice is served, no matter what the circumstances.
But nothing he’s ever experienced has prepared the cold-hearted and very straight Cain for who he finds on that mountain…or the intense need to suddenly offer more than just protection.
“I’ve finally managed to break free, but I’ve never felt more trapped in my entire life…”
Ethan Rhodes has been running for six months, but it’s never fast enough, it’s never far enough. At 30 years old, the talented ER Doctor should be spending his days saving other people’s lives, not worrying about his own. But he knows that the four years of physical and emotional abuse he’s suffered at the hands of his volatile ex are nothing compared to what will happen when Ethan runs out of places to hide, especially after taking something from the man he once was sure would be the love of his life.
A violent episode that has Ethan narrowly escaping death leads to a quiet cabin in the mountains where his battered body will have time to heal before he and the young girl relying on him need to run again. But everything changes with the arrival of a mysterious stranger who threatens to give Ethan something he’d finally accepted was gone forever…hope.
“I didn’t see this coming. I don’t think he did either…”
To get to the truth, Cain must first get through Ethan’s defenses, but watching the other man’s walls start to come down forces Cain to face his own past. And as the tremulous connection between the two men grows and gives way to something more, both will need to decide if they’re willing to risk giving each other the one thing that has cost them so much in the past…trust.
Will two men who’ve vowed never to let someone close again let down their guard long enough to find each other, or will they let their pasts determine their future?
Trigger Warning: This book includes references to physical, emotional and sexual abuse so please proceed with caution
Note: This book contains M/M sexual content and is intended for mature audiences.
***This is Book 7 in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone story – no cliffhangers.***
The Protectors series crosses over with some of my other series, so for the most enjoyment, they should be read in this order, but it is not required:
Book 1 – Absolution (M/M/M)
Book 2 – Salvation (M/M)
Book 3 – Retribution (M/M)
Logan’s Need (Escort Series #3) (M/M)
Redeeming Rafe (Barretti Security Series #2) (M/M)
Saving Ren (Barretti Security Series #3) (M/M/M)
Freeing Zane (Barretti Security Series #4) (M/M)
Book 4 – Forsaken (M/M)
Book 5 – Vengeance (M/M/M)
Book 5.5 – A Protectors Family Christmas
Book 6 – Atonement (M/M)
Book 7 – Revelation (M/M)
Review: So, I am back on The Protectors series bandwagon. I jumped off a couple books ago because age difference is not my thing, but I was highly urged to give Cain and Ethan’s story a try and, voila, I am in love, all over again. What an amazing installment. This author knows how to spin a heartbreaker of a story and she nails it in Revelations.
This story has a lot of “triggers” that could be deal breakers for some. Personally, I love watching my heroes heal and become whole at the end. It is so much more meaningful when you know what they have overcome. Ethan being a victim of deadly domestic violence by an insane ex-boyfriend, and Cain being the victim of a mentally ill and murderous father and the toxic relationship with his mother. These two have much to overcome, but I don’t think it would have happened for either of them with someone else. Sometimes your soulmate is someone who can relate to your pain intimately.
So, now I find myself looking back on the two books I skipped, and wondering if I should push the age gap out of my mind and give them a try. I know many love May-December, but I just don’t and so I am not sure what I will do. I choose to read books and give fair reviews based on blurbs that work for me. But, but, but, this is Sloane Kennedy and this author can seriously write a book. What to do, what to do? Well, while I am pondering my future literary choices, I will tell you this: grab this book and get reading. It is a heartbreakers but it also full of some of the most tender and soul healing scenes you will ever read. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*