Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages
At a Glance: Ethan Stone gives us an in-depth and well deserved story about Gabriel Vargas and FBI Agent Andrew Bradley in Blood & Tears.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: The last thing Gabe Vargas wants to do after nearly dying is to leave his young son. But that’s exactly what FBI Agent Drew Bradley is asking him to do. According to Drew, the only way to protect Gabe and find his wife’s killer is to fake Gabe’s death.
With an already established adversarial relationship, protecting a hothead like Gabe isn’t exactly a picnic for Drew either. But Drew lets his guard down and a desire for Gabe leaves him confused. Before the crime can be solved, Drew will have to risk more than his life. He’ll also have to risk his heart.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2011.
Review: Ethan Stone gives us an in-depth and well deserved story about Gabriel Vargas and FBI Agent Andrew Bradley in Blood & Tears. The murder mystery itself was tension filled, fast paced, suspenseful, and the investigation was skillfully written. I liked that it wasn’t obvious who the murderer was. Please keep in mind this is not a Cristian and Colby story, but for those of you who have withdrawal, Cristian and Colby do make some cameos throughout.
After Gabe almost dying, and several tragedies that take place in his life, he’s still not safe and is under the protection of the FBI, with none other than Drew. Drew and Gabe have a really rocky start, and we find them both going through various emotions about each other. Gabe is still struggling with the murder of both Violet and Casey, and leaving Victor behind. Drew still carries guilt from Casey’s death. As time passes we start to see changes in both Drew and Gabe.
Drew becomes very uncomfortable because he really hasn’t figured out the change in him and his feelings about Gabe. Even though I see Drew being the stability that Gabe needs in his life, he has his own issues to face. He’s not sure if he’s gay, but he knows he wants Gabe. It was interesting to watch Gabe push Drew’s buttons during the kinky scrabble game.
For me, this was a great story for Gabe and Drew, so many twists and turns in the plot to go along with the twisted suspect. You could actually feel the fear that Drew has for Gabe and Victor when they are in the hands of the suspect. It kept me on the edge, not knowing if Gabe would realize what was happening to him.
I liked that Mr. Stone gave Gabe his own story because we got to see him grow throughout the Flesh series, and become a great father and committed lover to Drew. It was a special treat to see how Drew, Gabe and Victor interacted with each other. I really liked how little Victor was a wonderful fit to this story. So loving, smart and really alert to things going on around him.
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