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    3.5 stars really

    3.5 stars I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I have read the ‘More’ series and some of the characters overlap. Even without reading the first book, this one could definitely be a stand alone. The author does a great job of explaining what happened to Seth two years previously. Sometimes a little too well for my taste. This was a difficult book to read in some ways. There is nothing really lighthearted in any way about the subject matter. It deals with a lot of trauma from Seth’s abduction two years previously by a psychotic man. Trauma both sexual and physical. It seems like the author put a great deal of research into writing this book because Seth’s recovery process was very detailed. If you are looking for a light, fun read this is not the book for you. If you want to watch the slow and gradual growth and emotional intimacy between Seth, a man who went through Hell and survived, and Vargas, who feels responsible for Seth being abducted in the first place, then this is well worth the read. There were times in the story when both men’s struggles nearly broke my heart. It was so worth it though to watch this couple come together. There were two reasons I couldn’t give it 5 stars. One was that I really would have preferred if the book centered totally around Seth’s healing and growing closeness to Vargas. This is my own personal preference though and not everyone will feel that way. I would have preferred that the villains, Prescott and Mr. Anonymous, stayed in the last book and didn’t come into this one. I know it made for a more dramatic conclusion to the story, but the ending, though giving Seth the strength he needed to move on, was down right ridiculous and seemingly far fetched in the way it all came about. That’s the second reason. Slight spoilers and a little ranting ahead......... I think it could have been much stronger if the villains appeared at a time when no one could have suspected, and not conveniently on a night when the club was closed unexpectedly, Vargas had ended the bodyguard protection literally two hours earlier, and Seth wasn’t so stupid about getting out of the safe room, as well as how he confronted Prescott, then running to try to escape out of the Club instead of just running back into the darn safe room and closing the door! Also, if your villain is down, you don’t tie his hands over his head to a table with duck tape then leave his mouth uncovered so he can obviously chew his way out. If you are not going to finish him off with a knife or bat, which personally sounded good to me, then you should at least duct tape his arms BEHIND his back, as well as his ankles and mouth. Just saying. End spoilers....... While I just adored Vargas, he was written almost a little too perfectly in his responses to Seth. Obviously he did a lot of research to make sure to always do the right thing for Seth so he never felt threatened, which was so sweet to watch, but other than the safe room incident at the end of the book he never screwed up. The author covered all the emotional issues that I was concerned about at the beginning, from their large age difference, to how they related to each other because of the trauma. At first I was concerned that they were just using each other as a crutch, and was afraid their growing attachment to each other was a reflection of that, but Sloan handled that issue beautifully and I was more than satisfied with how it all played out. So, though I rated it a little lower than I would have for other books by this author, it really was because of my own reactions to specific parts of the book, and not because the author didn’t write an exceptional story about a victims struggle to overcome what happened to him, as well as the wonderful man who stood by his side and helped him through it. Now I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series which I hope is Tucker and Dylan’s story.
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