S. E. Jakes
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
March 1, 2011
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
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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…
Contains rough language, rougher sex and warriors who fall hard for each other.
I didn’t want to like these guys, not even a little. They were so tormented. They kept denying themselves love. I just wanted to take Damon and LC by the shoulders, shake them, and yell, “Snap. Out. Of. It.” In the end, I couldn’t help myself, I fell and hard.
When Damon Price was 18, he suffered a terrible tragedy and never fully recovered. Letting someone get close, love him was impossible until Jesse -- almost. Tanner James feels responsible for Jesse’s death and wants to honor his friend’s last request. The initial encounter between Tanner and Damon is volatile and sets the tone for the rest of the book. Unfortunately, after the scene with Damon, Tanner is left shaken; disturbed and confused by the feelings that Damon has awaken within him. Tanner feels he won’t be able to do what Jesse requested of him -- he is set to self-destruct. Damon realizes his mistake and orders Tanner to spend the weekend with him.
He called himself a bastard several times over for the man he’d left behind and the one in front in him who was obviously in trouble. Probably had been for a while and Damon had been too wrapped up in himself to notice.
Tanner and Damon are highly combustible alphas who need each other desperately. Although, they want to remain blind to it, everyone else around them can see it. Including Damon’s BFF, LC. (Who has his own fair share of lovelorn problems.) Even as their relationship grows, Tanner continues to deny his submissiveness while Damon persists to believe he’s fulfilling Jesse’s last wish. Along the way, a series of brutal attacks on a few of the Crave club patrons has occurred outside of the club. Not only are Damon and LC concerned for their clientele and the business, but the attacks have brought back painful memories for both men.
Damon feels he can’t be forgiven or loved because of his past, but Tanner doesn’t give up and gives Damon one last chance. LC on the other hand, has been fooling himself, waiting (for too damn long IMHO) on a hope and a dream.
And, oh yes, you will experience man love, BDSM, the club scene and D/s.
What a breathtaking love story. Two people who are meant for each other but are afraid……
Without a doubt, these are Men of Honor. I am looking forward to reading LC’s story in Bound By Law.