Saturday, December 13, 2014

Last Line by Harper Fox

Title: Last Line
Author: Harper Fox
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: John and Michael
Release Date: July 2014
Publisher: Fox Tails
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Sexual Intensity: erotic (w/ sexual violence)

Story Overview:
John Griffin and Michael South – agents in the renegade counterterrorism agency Last Line, and closer than brothers. It’s a fast-lane life of danger and excitement. John loves every minute of it, but he’s facing one big problem now: his feelings for Mike have flared up from friendship into a passion he can no longer hide. And Mike, although the bravest and best of partners, doesn’t feel the same. 

Their one sexual encounter leaves them baffled and alienated from one another. Mike is a haunted man, shaken by flashbacks to his past life as an MI5 agent and a mission in Russia that went terribly wrong. He’s been left with a need for violence between the sheets, and John isn’t prepared to hurt him. 

Not everyone has Mike’s best interests at heart. Their ruthless boss hires a ghost from Mike’s past to help track down a Russian war criminal who’s planted a nuclear device in the heart of London. Anzhel Mattvei knows all of Mike’s dark secrets, and soon regains his former sexual thraldom over him, leaving Mike locked in battle for his will and his soul. 

Anzhel has turned Mike into a human detonation device. Only John’s love can pull him back from the brink – and save millions of lives in the fallout zone

My Review:
This was a different book and I'm not even sure how to classify it. It had touches of paranormal and a lot of romantic suspense. It also seems like it was originally planned to be the start of a series because not all the mysteries were answered in the book. And I will warn you right now, there was some disturbing violence in the book. 

Three years ago, Michael was undercover and was basically brainwashed and tortured and raped. He's been programmed although it was a bit unclear about how much the government knew about what happened to him. To Michael, he does not remember that time all. What he does know now is that being with men sexually doesn't really work for him, although he still has the urge especially when it comes to his partner, John. 

John is gay and completely in love with Michael, who he thinks is straight. He has no idea what happened to Michael when he was in MI5, until they are sent to apprehend a man that Michael knew from that time. Then Michael, mentally, begins to go off the rails. 

The story is fascinating and bizarre. Michael has been completely programmed and has no control over so many of his actions. He's in love with John, but because of this mess, is breaking John's heart on a constant basis. It hurt to read...on so many levels, but especially for these two guys. It's definitely not an easy book to read. 

But there are other aspects to the story that are on the more paranormal level and I have a feeling that those who had tortured Michael knew exactly what those paranormal abilities entail. Although Michael...and yes, John too (yes, they both have some sort of paranormal gifts that the bad guys appeared to be after)...had no idea what those hints at their abilities meant. There's definitely something more going on and I'm dying to know what exactly that all was. Like I said, it read like the beginning of a new series and I hope that's true and that there are more coming because I'd definitely read more about these two guys. 

While the romantic story is wrapped up in this one, there are still lots of unanswered questions. I'm just hoping for more to come...

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