After Midnight by Santino Hassell
Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it’s his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn’t quite the same.
Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead.
When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.
This is a standalone book that is a spinoff of “In the Company of Shadows”. Gordon is a drug dealer. He has been mostly alone all his life. Orphaned and a sole survivor of a bombed elementary school during the war, he made his own way. He has one friend, Carla, who is fierce in her protection of him. Gordon and Carla are family to each other. Adam is an assassin whose mission has gone wrong. Looking to hide out until things cool off, he runs into Gordon. Unfortunately for Gordon Adam can’t leave a witness, The Agency does not allow that. Adam though goes against policy and lets Gordon live but keeps a close eye on him. The two are forced into close proximity again when Adam’s next mission is to infiltrate Gordon’s drug group. The two men are like magnets. On the one hand they really repulse each other, but when close the sparks just fly and they can’t stay away from each other.
The author has created a wonderful book. The writing is excellent. The descriptions of the world and people are vivid and telling. The characters are gritty and dark. They aren’t “nice” guys but have some softness in them that sneaks out every once in a while. The characters are perfectly flawed people. I love that the use of the secondary characters wasn’t shadowy. The author gives you authentic characters that have depth to them. You don’t get to know how they really think or react all the time but they are solid and make you notice them.
This is a dark and gritty book. As such it isn’t always pretty what occurs. There are times you get angry with the characters and/or situations, there is violence, and there is unpredictability. That is what makes this an excellent read. The ending is very much in line with the book. I have hopes there will be a follow up book since I would love to see more of these characters but if the author leaves it as it is it is still a compelling story.
Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013, in Book Review, Five Roses, Futuristic, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Five Roses, M/M Romance, Novel, Santino Hassell, Self. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.