Title: Long Time Gone | Hell or High Water #2| EE ltd. Series
Author: S.E. Jakes
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Buy: Riptide Books
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 5 hearts
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.
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I loved this book. Everything about it and even the parts that made me want to scream and rant because I want my HEA (happy ever after).
The first book (Catch a Ghost) was one I felt like needed that tiny extra bit for me to give it all the five stars, I had so wished I could give it. S.E. Jakes has come after that with this second installment in the series and give us crime, anger, sorrow and hope, all rolled up in two tight packages stempled Prophet and Tom. It is packed, seal and delivered in the most perfect symphony of fanfares a book has a deserved and it delivers absolutely everything it promises to – and more.
This time around we’re away from EE and their jobs, though they still lurk in the background. We’re smack dap in the middle of the Bayou where Tom is from and has to confront the demons from his past he has been running from for the past decades. It banes the way for an intense ride and we are along for it all.
Prophet has returned from wherever he suddenly went off to and is in Tom’s backyard protecting his aunt from the upcoming hurricane, all the while trying desperately to figure out whether or not he made the right decision until Tom is suddenly there and their passions clash together (up against a wall, literally).
They haven’t worked out the elephant in the room, before Tom’s dreaded past catches up to them and they have to fight their way out of the Bayou, which is only getting more muddy and flooded as the hurricane lashes on; just like the secrets buried in the cemetery on the outskirts of New Orleans.
With Long Time Gone we are introduced to what made Tom who he is and why he acts as he does. It generates a new amount of respect for the man, who has seen most of his life as self-punishment without realizing it. It also tentatively opens the door to the secrets Prophet has been keeping, though I believe there is still some way to go before we reach those.
Long Time Gone brings in a wonderful amount of side characters as the former book did as well. We get to see Mick and Blue yet again, both Cillian and Mal makes an appareance, though you might feel the need to smack the former at some point. Ex-boyfriends, childhood enemies and family crisis are all part of what makes this journey to the Bayou one of the most exciting ones, you will ever experience.
Go buy the book at Riptide. You won’t regret it.
Note: As with the former book, the ‘supernatural’ tag has to be taken with a gram of salt.