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  • Survival Tactics

    Mosquito, Rey, Calle and Mosca live in a world of deception and lies where loving someone may either complete them or lead to their death. With lying being the first choice they make, survival can be difficult while they make decisions with the actual facts. But there comes a time when trust is necessary and they need to be very careful about who might betray them. Is love even possible? Below are the two books in this Duet. I focused on the first one to raise your interest. There is so much more, but the stories will pull you in and you will be compelled to finish their stories. The characters are amazing and the world-building makes it come alive. Grab your copy and share this exciting world with them. KING IN CHECK: Mosquito (Traven), the boss managing the compound for 3 months now with little thanks, was heading to town to pick up Rey, who had been the foreman here but had been gone for years now. The others still mostly ignored Mosquito and did what Rey had told them to do back when he was still around. But Calle was delighted at the news, so much so that he asked Mosquito to buy some sugar, most likely so he could bake a cake to celebrate. Despite all Mosquito did to save the dying compound, he was still seen as a weak city boy while Rey was the hero. The workers who had stayed only did so because they were sure Rey would be coming back some day. Today Rey was returning because he said he was of no more use to our side, whatever that meant? But finally, running behind schedule, the coach arrived at the station, the horses slumping in the heat. Mosquito expected a dying man and instead gazed into striking blue eyes and a perfect body! The man literally drew people to him. He leaped up suddenly, grabbed the edge of the roof, and kicked a hidden camera out of the way. He told Mosquito the Feds knew he was back. Two Feds stopped Mosquito, Rey already had moved quickly ahead when they left the station. They backhanded his face, told him to call Rey back, then hit him again when he wouldn’t. Before Mosquito could focus, Rey sneaked up on them, grabbed each man by the neck, and Mosquito thought Rey’s eyes were glowing as the two Feds dropped dead on the ground. This man was even more powerful than Mosquito’s father “Mosca”, the actual owner of the entire compound and when they returned, Rey had the respect and loyalty of every man there. When everyone turned in for the night, Rey asked Mosquito to follow him out to the stables. There was a caged area where they had kept bulls. Mosquito was not expecting Rey to demand that he lock him in the cage! The boy was only around 18 and Rey had expected him to be tough like his father. Now he realized his father had probably protected him from the worst of it. But Rey felt the shakes start in his body and he needed Mosquito to obey. He hadn’t slept all day and would soon lose consciousness… and things would get bad. A drug had been given to some people to enhance them since they were expected to die fighting anyway. They never expected to live to worry about it causing their death later. Mosquito finally locked the gate as the nausea and hallucinations began and the creature in his mind clamped onto his face. In the morning, he shivered and a blanket and water were handed to him. The kid had been with him all night. Now they shared a secret and no one else must find out. Rey is now forced to trust that Mosquito will help him. But how will they decide who can be trusted. If they decide incorrectly, they will both end up dead. KING’S GAMBIT: When Mosca chose the huge, quiet man, Calle, to be his personal guard, Calle should have suspected something was off. But this time is different. Very different. Living one step away from betrayal and falling in love with the man he’s charged to protect will change both of their lives.

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  • I liked it!

    I liked Checkmate by Treva Harte. Checkmate is a duet and contains two stories: King in Check and King's Gambit. I enjoyed the diversity of sexualities in King in Check. The books center around four characters: Mosquito, Rey, Calle, and Mosca. Mosquito is straight. Rey is bisexual. Calle is gay. And Mosca is bisexual, whether because no woman can compare to his dead wife or because he likes to lord his power over men, I wasn't sure. I would have liked a little more background on the world created by Treva Harte. How did the fighting start between the resistance and the feds? We are dropped into the story after the fighting has been happening for quite some time, and I was a little bit lost. As I continued to read, I got pulled into the story, and I enjoyed both stories. There were little things that kept making me wonder more about what year they were in. They travel from the compound to where Mosca is. They rode horses, so I figured it was a place that didn't have a lot of technology aside from the standard technology that we have now, like cell phones, security cameras, laptops, electricity. However, then Mosca meets Calle in the second book on a hoverbike, which makes me think they have advanced technology, so why are they riding horses? These minor parts would pull me out of the story and make me wonder. However, it didn't stop me too much from enjoying the story. For me, I loved the second book more than the first book. I loved the chemistry between Calle and Mosca. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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