Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Jack Pyke
Series: Don’t #4.5
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 259 Pages
Publisher: Enspire Pulishing
Imprint Forbidden Fiction
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “You up for that, hm, Ash? A lesson from an old soul to youth? From me… to you?”
Ash Thomas and his gameplay with other men is vicious, cruel. Better to fuck someone over than be the one who’s on the floor, fucked up, right? But his latest cruelties are about to catch the eye of the Wraith, someone who’s been brought up to play professionally in the shadows. For Ash, beauty and rage aren’t the kind of sins to win him any favours anymore. Life and lessons of the heart never did come easy, especially when they’re about to walk in off the darkened streets, bringing bloodied footprints in their wake.
Review: I don’t think it is any secret how much I adore Jack’s writing. It isn’t just that she writes amazing stories, though that is a big part. I think I’m most addicted to her style and ability to weave those stories. There are so many factors involved in each one, and this is no different. Though it states this is part of the Don’t… series, you’ll have to hang on just a bit longer as a few more pieces are moved into place before we get back to the Don’t… gang.
This installment is about three friends, Ash, Johnny and Chase. Things are pretty complicated with these guys, and I’ll admit, a bit confusing at times. They all work together and are sometimes more than friends. But this centers more around Ash who definitely has a shady past, some involving his now aging father whom he takes care of. We don’t learn nearly enough about that yet to satisfy me. He has a few other issues as well, some of which end up catching the eye of Raif, an older man who seems set on teaching Ash a lesson or two. He is extremely mysterious, showing up somewhat randomly and disappearing to handle some side matters which show a different part of this story. They have a pretty unique connection which I’m sure will be played out a bit more later on.
Even though I had many questions throughout, I was confident that what seem like random pieces will all fall into place in due time, or when Jack wants us all to know. This has proven to be the case more than once, so I will be patient and wait for it all to play out. As this ties into the next few books and is left somewhat up in the air, I am more eager than ever to see the big picture and how it will all fit together.
Part of the enjoyment of these books has been trying to figure things out or to anticipate which way things will turn. I’ve gotten to the point where I would recognize the writing before knowing who the author is, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have to be content with waiting for the answers and secrets to be revealed. Here’s to hoping that never changes and we don’t have to wait too long for the next, highly anticipated, continuation of this series. You might be able to read this on its own, but once things start to mesh, you will for sure want to know the players, background and everything they have been through up til this point, so I highly recommend you start at the beginning.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*