★★★★ Saving Sonny James by Lou Sylvre ★★★★

Vasquez and James #4

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Saving Sonny James

Saving Sonny James


Lou Sylvre

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


The blurb

Luki Vasquez and his still newlywed husband are back home after pulling off a harrowing desert rescue of their teenage nephew Jackie. But the events of the last couple of years have begun to catch up with Luki—loving Sonny James and letting Sonny love him back has left gaps in his emotional armor. In the gunfight that secured Jackie’s rescue, Luki’s bullet killed a young guard, an innocent boy in Luki’s mind. In the grip of PTSD, memories, flashbacks, and nightmares consume him, and he falls into deep, almost vegetative depression.

Sonny devotes his days to helping Luki, putting his own career on hold, even passing up a European tour of galleries and schools—an opportunity that might never come again. But when Luki’s parasomnia turns his nightmares into real-world terror, it breaks the gridlock. Sonny realizes what he’s doing isn’t working, and he says yes to Europe. Enter Harold Breslin, a dangerously intelligent artist’s promoter and embezzler whose obsessive desire for Sonny is exceeded only by his narcissism. When Harold’s plan for Sonny turns poisonous, Luki must break free of PTSD and get to France fit and ready in time to save his husband’s life.

Our thoughts

4 stars

Another good book in the Velasquez & James series, Saving Sonny finds our men not only dealing with an outside threat to them but also in internal one.

Our super badass, Luki, came away from Finding Jackie with more than two bullet wounds to heal.  Luki is suffering from PTSD over killing the young guard when he was rescuing his nephew.  Sonny is being as supportive of his husband as he can be but a professional opportunity has presented itself that he really doesn’t want to pass up.

This particular book is mostly told from Luki POV which I enjoyed.  I know PTSD doesn’t just go away after a couple of weeks/months but I thought the author did a really good job of showing some of the steps needed for recovery.  It wasn’t easy for Luki and I’m glad it wasn’t just some quick fix and he’s back to his old self in just a few days.  Actually he never is his “old self” after that but he becomes stronger and learns how to deal with the guilt he carries.

Even while battling his PTSD, Luki feels something is very wrong and that Sonny is in danger while overseas.  A classmate from Sonny’s college days, Harold Breslin, has asked him to be a part of an art tour in Europe and sweeten the deal with a guest lecture spot at the Sabelin in Paris.  Things are going well until Luki can no longer reach Sonny  by phone or email and Sonny can’t reach anybody.

In order to save Sonny, Luki has to agree to a job he doesn’t want, receive help from a past flame, and battle his PTSD…let’s just say love will make you do anything to save the one you love.

Bookjunkie xx

Reviewed by Bookjunkie

James & Vasquez series.

  • Loving Luki Vasquez (book #1)
  • Delsyn’s Blues (book #2)
  • Finding Jackie (book #3)
  • Saving Sonny James (book #4)
  • Yes (book #4.5)
  • Because of Jade (book #5)



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