"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde
Holy moly, I'm so sorry it took me so long to pick this up!
I have to admit, I had this one sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. I can't even tell you why I was hestitant to pick it up, since I pretty much loved every other book by Marshall Thornton that I read so far.
And I love his writing! His style is unique, and very distinctive. I guess, you either love it or have a problem with in every book. Me? Total fangirl. Because with him, it's like getting a box of candy. You know there will be an overall greatness to it that you came to enjoy over the years, but you never know which aspect will rock your world today.
But first things first. I would not call this a romance. Because, it really isn't. Yes, there is sex in it - MF and MM. There is also love, devotion and a GFY- aspect. Or maybe a bisexual-for-you. Doesn't matter really. Because the main focus here is not on the romance. So, if you're looking for lenghty discussions of feelings, inner monologues and struggles with sexuality, philosophy or humanity in general, look elsewhere.
Don is a fighter, he has to be after one unfortunate night in Chicago made him run from home, family and friends. He's ex-army, he's a survivor, and he is nothing but practical. And when his past is catching up with him, leaving him with a body of a sweet girl, the mob on his heels and no money to his name, he has to find a solution and fast. Enter Harlan. Perceptive and resourceful Harlan is nobody's fool, but at least he understands that desperate times call for desperate measures.
I loved their journey! In a way, Don reminded me a tiny little bit of Jack Reacher, only with a bigger conscience and a smaller ego. But the action, the adventures, the running and fighting and sheet-burning was all there. Loved it! Although the historical part didn't come through as much as for example in the Boystown Series, it still was a great backdrop to the story. It shaped the atmosphere as well as gave me the right feeling in general to thoroughly enjoy this book.