Thursday, February 13, 2014

[Review]: "Long Time Gone"

Long Time Gone by SE Jakes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 23, 2013)
Series: Hell or High Water, 2
Genre: M/M Romance 

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.

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Reviews of Jakes' Other Books:

Catch a Ghost (#1) -- TBQ
Dirty Deeds (#1) -- TBQ

My Review:

“You’ll end up with a man whose name starts with E. And he’ll rip through your life like a tornado. Then again, a tornado can handle a volcano.”

It's official; I'm addicted to Prophet and Tommy!

I first found SE Jakes last month, when I stumbled upon Catch a Ghost. From page one, I was hooked, and I loved their story. I waited as long as I could to start Long Time Gone, as I knew that the remaining books in the series would not be out until late this year. But the other day, I gave in; I needed my Prophet and Tommy fix!

How do I explain my love of this book? Where do I start? 

Well, the reunion scene as the hurricane hit (literally and figuratively) gave this book a very hot start! And the laundry room scene has become permanently stamped into my mind. I can't go near my washer and dryer without blushing and perhaps even drooling while staring into space like an idiot . . .

In fact, I should warn you that reading this series in public can be very dangerous, unless you are better able to hide your flushes and squirms and low moans . . . * ahem * Not that I would know anything about this, of course!

I knew from CAG that these two men were explosive together. LTG only cemented that fact again, and I enjoyed every steamy scene! But there is more to their story than just (extremely hot) sex!

“Are we just going to keep having sex so we can avoid talking about what we need to talk about?"

Prophet pulled back and looked between Tom's legs.


"Just checking to make sure you still have a dick."

"Same one that fucked you through the wall while you begged for it," Tom pointed out, and Prophet eyes grew heavy lidded with lust again. "You're so easy, Proph."

"For you.”

The banter between these two is just as sizzling and exciting as their physical chemistry. I can't tell you how many times I laughed. Now, that's not to say this is a funny book. However, if you enjoy sarcasm and dry wit and all that, then Prophet, especially, is perfect for you!

Much like book 1, Long Time Gone is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end, both in terms of emotions and mysteries. I loved getting to know Prophet and Tommy even more; Jakes doesn't lay out their characters and pasts in one big scene, but rather slowly unravels their secrets and depths as the books unfold. Which probably explains why I find these books so addicting! There's always something new, always a turn in the plot that I didn't see, or a secret that I never would have guessed. Jakes does a wonderful job at keeping me on my feet, keeping me fully submerged in the story until I have to blink a few times to pull myself out of the book and realize, hey, I'm still sitting in my house, and sadly these two sexy alpha males are not right in front of me. * sigh *

My only regret in reading this book is knowing that I now have to wait a few months before I can get my hands on the next one! To tide me over I'll be rereading CAG and LTG, as well as reading the related novella, which covers Cill and Mal. I'm not sure that I'll love them as much as I do Prophet and Tommy, but who knows! If nothing else, I know I will still enjoy their books, as I love this author's writing!

“You are so fucking good for me and so fucking bad for me at the same time."

"It's not good if you don't have the mix of both.”

Extremely sexy (to the point that your e-reader will no doubt spontaneously explode) and thrilling, with a good dose of banter and sarcastic wit, not to mention two of the sexiest alpha males alive, Long Time Gone is sure to become a favorite for readers looking for an m/m series with not only heat and raw emotions, but action and complex plot lines, too. In other words, this series has it all!

4 1/2 STARS!

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I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

*Note: The quotes used belong to SE Jakes; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.

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Alright -- thoughts? Are you a fan of M/M? Have you read any books in this genre? Are you interested in trying some? And, most importantly, would you like me to share (a few!) reviews from this genre in the future?

I have to say, the cover is what sealed the deal when I noticed this book popping up on GR and then NetGalley -- very sexy! :)

Jakes is a very talented author, and when I tell you that her books are complicated, I mean it -- in the best possible way! Rereading the books will only bring new things to my attention while I await the rest of the series. That alone is always a good sign! :) 

If you are looking for a very sexy, raw, and captivating m/m romantic suspense, this is the series to grab! 


Until Next Time,


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Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

I keep seeing this one and man love that cover. It does sound great. I may have to give it a try. I've still not really dove into the entirely m/m romances yet but have a few on the tbr pile :)

Red Iza said...

I want my kindle to combust, thanks for the review ;)

The_Book_Queen said...

:D You are very welcome; if you try this series, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

The_Book_Queen said...

*nods* The covers for this series is what finally seduced me over to the darkside . . . I mean, convinced me to try M/M (specifically this series). I think you would like Prophet and Tommy!