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Bound by Honor by S.E. Jakes

Bound by HonorBound by Honor by S.E. Jakes
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Novel:  58,570 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2
 

A promise forces two men to bare themselves…completely.

Men of Honor, Book 1
One year ago on a mission gone wrong, Tanner James failed to save the life of Jesse, his Army Ranger teammate. Before dying in that South American jungle, Jesse extracted a promise that won’t let Tanner rest until it’s fulfilled—no matter what it costs him.
Damon Price loved Jesse, but problems in their relationship had come to a head right before Jesse left on his final mission. Now a reluctant Dom and a man still in mourning, he’s not happy when Tanner appears at his BDSM club. And even less happy with Jesse’s last request—that Tanner sub for him for one night.
After a rough start, Damon realizes that the tough soldier, despite his protests, aches for someone to take control. And Tanner senses a hesitance, an insecurity in Damon that makes him wonder if he’s simply a placeholder for Jesse, or if their tentative connection could grow into something more.
For Jesse’s sake, they agree to try one weekend together. Then duty calls, and a series of attacks that have been happening near the club hits too close to home, making both men wonder if giving their hearts is a maneuver fraught with too much risk…

Warning: Contains rough language, rougher sex and warriors who fall hard for each other.

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I must admit that at the beginning of the book I did REALLY not like the story.  The way that BDSM was portrayed and the military men just wasn’t sitting well.  Most special forces men aren’t these over the top power looking guys.  (Now from the description of LC I could believe him to be one.)  Those men are in shape, have to be, but a lot of them are ordinary in order to fit in that is how they usually are.  Now there are exceptions but it seemed like LC was the only norm.

The story did get better.  Actual BDSM in the story is not really a factor.  It is more restraints than anything.  I never warmed up to Damon, Tanner gave him too many chances to stay instead of every time running.  As a military man I have a harder time believing that Damon wouldn’t have seen to at least some of his issues but that is just me.  The relationship really doesn’t develop.  It just starts and has these jerky movements and then it is full blown love…umm, yeah, no real development.  I just didn’t see this as being at all realistic.

The writing wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  It wasn’t bad it just didn’t make me believe.  There isn’t great detail and it is rather jerky in development.  The characters aren’t great.  I got LC more than the main characters.  Tanner has very little background other than he seems to be a brat of a rich kid.  Damon also has bits of information thrown out there but I ended up still feeling like I never knew them.  There was just not a connection made to these characters.

The storyline itself was interesting.  I think I could have enjoyed it more if the development was better.  I liked the premise of the story and the mystery of Damon’s background and who was after them.  I didn’t like how the author put it all together.  Still I found some enjoyment in the read so it wasn’t all bad.

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Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes

Catch a GhostCatch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Novel:  65,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.

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This is an action book…or it is suppose to be.  I assumed that would be very true going into the story, but Prophet right off is in casts and is constantly hurt.  This was a bit irritating since you can tell he is the big action guy.  Also the basic characterizations of these two men are close to what they are in the Cut & Run series.  I didn’t like these two as much either.

Prophet is a big badass and Tom has a rep for getting his partners killed.  So why would a man that likes Prophet and wants him to run the company someday put these two together.  This is not explained in this book.  The writing was good.  I thought the author did a good job in trying to keep the two men’s past shady and mysterious.  I think maybe the execution of the plot was a bit of an issue.  Prophet is just not likable and Tom I just didn’t understand.  I didn’t get the relationship either.  I would think there would be SOMETHING, just a little something besides attraction for a relationship as intense as they seem to act like it is to develop.  I just didn’t see it.

I liked the book.  I know it seems like I didn’t.  I just didn’t connect to the characters and see the relationship.  The last part of the story actually gets pretty good.  I was just starting to get the characters a little more when BAM!  It all blows up and is over…WHAT!?!  The author picks a really difficult place for me to like to come back to the series.  I mean why would I want to if it looks like Prophet is going to hook up with another guy and one I’m not sure I like either?

I think this is a good book but could have been better.  The premise behind it is solid and interesting there just needed to be a little more between the characters to get me into and liking the story.  As it was I just couldn’t.  I will most likely read the next book because of the improvement at the end of this one with the hope that Prophet doesn’t go there!

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