Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: Backward is a well-crafted addition to this series.
Reviewed By: Janet
Blurb: Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.
When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.
Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.
Review: I had been looking forward to this book, as I had loved Inside Out and Upside Down, and was looking forward the conclusion to the series; so, I dived right into it. I was somewhat concerned when I hit the third chapter and hadn’t developed a real connection to the MCs. So I stopped and re-read the first two books again to refresh my memory about the characters, and then restarted Backward. For me, this was the only way to read and appreciate this book – I don’t feel it is a standalone book. There are a lot of character clues, and information or plotlines, that continue in the current book and are established in the first two books of the series.
Once I had myself prepared properly, I totally enjoyed Backward. Watching the tenderness that Harry displayed towards Tristan was sweet, and at odds to the brashness and reserve he regularly showed to the others. Although there is a kind of insta-love moment, we know this has been building for a long time. The guys have noticed each other, and admired each other, but hadn’t really spent time together until the events that happen in this book. There is a lot of intense drama in this story to tie up all the plotlines of the series, but Andrew Grey tempers that with real emotions shown by all the characters so it all flows seamlessly off the pages for our enjoyment. There did not seem to be any gratuitous actions either; the actions all played out realistically and were totally believable. I do like the way that the author shows us that love makes us all better people; that our true strength comes from loving ourselves and our own special person. I enjoy a story with a lesson built into it, and Andrew Grey does a remarkable job of presenting these morals in hopeful and endearing ways.
Backward is a well-crafted addition to this series, and it felt like a conclusion. The Fab Four has only one member left single, so there may be a story left to tell, but I am happy with the one I read, and I am sure others will be too. I do believe this is my favorite Andrew Grey series now; from the covers, to the concept, to the great characters he created, this entire series was very rewarding.
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