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

LongTimeGoneWhen 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1So what do you get when you pair up two extremely broken, stubborn and at times lethal alpha males who can’t stay away from each other? Yeah, that tornado/volcano statement in the book description pretty much sums it up.

I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The ending of the last one was beyond your average cliff hanger. It’s a good thing that Long Time Gone was released only a few months after Catch a Ghost. For those of you who haven’t started this series, consider yourselves lucky and pick up both at the same time. You can thank me later. 😉

I’m not sure which one of these two characters broke my heart more in the beginning of this book. Yeah, Tom’s the one who walked away, but the decision was killing him. Prophet did what he did best, which was throwing himself in the line of fire to keep others safe. Everyone but himself. They were both a mess. They were trying to protect each other by staying apart, but the pull was too strong. Having them finally come together in the middle of a hurricane was actually fitting because the reunion was fierce, raw and explosive. It was also amazing. Best. Reunion. Scene. Ever.

Of course, bringing Prophet and Tom back together didn’t solve the issues that tore them apart. I didn’t expect it to. What it did was get them talking and opening up as much as either one of them could. The focus of this book was fueled by Tom’s past. A past that he wanted to keep buried, but fate didn’t give him a choice. If he wanted help in clearing his name, he had to let Prophet in on that dark past and hope it didn’t change his opinion of him. The thing about Prophet and Tom is that neither one of them thought that they deserved the other, and they both felt like staying away from the other was the best way to protect them. A complicated relationship to say the least. They have a long way to go, but they made some real progress, at least I hope so because these guys need each other.

There were a few characters from the previous book and a lot of new characters. I loved them all. S.E. Jakes doesn’t hold back on emotion – good and bad, which is one of the things I love about this series so far. The characters are witty, smart, daring, loyal and guarded. The action is laced with passion and humor. The situations are unique (two words: alligators and duct tape) and Tom and Prophet are perfect for each other – whether they want to admit it to each other or themselves.

There are still secrets to be shared and danger to escape, but at least this one didn’t end in an excruciating cliff hanger. That’s a good thing because the next book in the series – Daylight Again – isn’t scheduled to release until April, 2014. A short story is promised in January 2014 though. Dirty Deeds features two characters that have been in the shadows (literally) in Hell or High Water. I’m patient. I can wait, honestly. Mostly because I have a lot of catching up to do with other books by this author. She’s been busy and I’m just getting started. 😉



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

  1. Great review. I know what you mean…I need to go back and read everything SE Jakes has ever written. I adore this series!! smiles…

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