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★★★★★ 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

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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.

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

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★★★★★ Catch A Ghost by S.E. Jakes ★★★★★

The Hell or High Water series:

  • Catch a Ghost (book #1) – in this review
  • Long Time Gone (book #2)

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Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water, #1)Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he can cause. But his boss, Phil Butler of Extreme Escapes, LTD., has just assigned Proph not only a new partner but also a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he’s got to confront them 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, LTD’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, and even though the case is also resurrecting 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. And when they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners are forced to trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.

So what did I think?

If the purpose of the first book in a series is to hook the reader right, to leave you panting for more, desperate to read the next book, then Catch A Ghost succeeds! From the smoking hot main characters, to the mystery and the action, I hung on every word.

The plot – new partners on a mission for the private agency they work for – violence, shooting, kidnapping, torture…These are tough men.

The characters – a bit damaged, a bit broken and a lot HOT – strong, hard and sexy (and Tom’s tatts and piercings!)

Prophet and Tom are both men with complex pasts. They have physical and emotional scars and there are many secrets that stay hidden. Their relationship is not an easy one and this story does not bring them together neatly. It keeps you thinking and wondering and when you finally reach the end, eagerly waiting the sequel so that you can follow Prophet and Tommy’s story!

5 stars all the way!

Here’s the song that Prophet hums throughout the book…….Flogging Molly  “If I Ever Leave This World Alive’.

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

Buy Catch A Ghost from Amazon.