★★★★★ Long Time Gone by S.E. Jakes ★★★★★

The Hell or High Water series

  • Catch a Ghost (book #1) – click here for review
  • Long Time Gone (book #2) – in this review
  • Dirty Deeds (book 1 in the Dirty Deeds spin-off series) – due for release Jan 2014 but available now for pre-order from Riptide


Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water, #2)Long Time Gone by S.E. Jakes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

So what did I think?

Let me start by saying that I love this series! It hits all the right buttons and races along with masses of action, lots of mystery and a good amount of mad, hot and passionate sex!

We first met Prophet and Tom in Catch A Ghost which ends with them parting and Tom heading off with his new partner to Eritrea. But the impact they made on each other draws them back together as they both arrive at Tom’s aunt’s place on the bayou to help her survive a hurricane. Wow – the reunion sex is stunning!

“This was past and present slamming together. And his future was the man who was holding him, which hit Tom as hard as it must be hitting Prophet. But their reunion on the grass and the kitchen wall and floor and in his bedroom…that told the tale.”

The pace is fast with lots of action as Tom finds himself caught up in a situation arising from an event in his childhood. The sheriff has it in for him and he winds up implicated in a series of murders. This book gives insight into Tom’s past, his father, his mother, his ex….It is also wonderful to see Prophet’s further coming to terms with his feelings for Tommy.

My only minor gripe with this series is the sheer complexity of the characters and their histories. I’m not sure if it’s just me but at times I get a little confused with the secondary characters, the back stories and trying to understand how they all fit together. But on the other hand I like the mystery and secrets. So is it just me missing something or am I supposed to be confused?

Dirty Deeds, the first book in a spin off series will follow. It is Mal and Cillian’s story! Can’t wait! It’s due for release in January 2014 but available now for pre-order from Riptide.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


 To find out more about S.E. Jakes and her books visit her website.

Buy Long Time Gone from Amazon.

Buy Long Time Gone from Riptide.


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