Cold Hard Truths, #1

Wow, I loved this book. It was dark, gritty and totally unique. I couldn't put it down. It is set in a futurist world that is totally falling apart. It is filled with poverty, drugs and crime.

Jones is an ex-soldier who does free-lance assassinations to get by. He sleeps with too many men to remember and uses drugs to get through the day. All because he can't get over his ex-lover Carver. It's been seven years and he hasn't even begun to get over the man. The man he thinks never loved him back.

A call back into action by the government brings the two men and their messed up relationship back together. Jones knows their situation is not a good one but he has no idea the depth of betrayal his government is capable of. All of a sudden Jones is thrown in to a conspiracy that threatens his friendships, his life and mostly his heart.

This book was griping from the first page. The relationship between Jones and Carver is so messed up but you can't help but be drawn to them. The author does a great job of making you feel the heartache and desperation that Jones feels. She gives you just enough of Carver to make you think there is hope for him but not enough to know what he is going to do next. The plot was full of action and kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait until the next in the series comes out. I want more Jones and Carver right now.

Book Blurb for Vices

Seven years ago, Jones fell for a heartless man named Carver. A drug addiction, numerous sexual partners, and a lonely lifestyle weren’t enough to fill the void that Carver left in Jones’s chest.

Years later, the two meet under familiar circumstances, and Jones can’t help hoping for affection that Carver can never give him. While Jones tries his best to crawl under Carver’s skin and force him to feel something, he finds himself involved in a political war he had no idea he was fighting. Jones struggles to gasp for air in a dying city that’s sinking fast and pulling him under with wave after wave of addiction and betrayal.

Falling for a loveless man is enough to bring someone as strong as Jones to his knees. Will Jones ever be able to reach into Carver’s chest and bring his cold heart to life?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2014 4.50