Vance Gregory is a telepath working for the Organization for Path Security - or OPS - and it is part of his job to bring rogue telepaths such as Marcus Rose in and keep the 'humans' safe from them. Marcus Rose doesn't think much of humans being their use as tools for him and others like him - and he would like to take over. Vance wants to stop him - and rather badly.
Marcus proves to be harder to capture than thought and Vance is trying to find ways within ways to do so. When Ayan, a supposedly low-level Path associated with Marcus, is captured, Vance sees no other path than to join forces with him. Ayan does not want to help the OPS in any size, shape or form and, yet, when he meets Vance, he senses something different about the man.
What neither Vance or Ayan expect is for them to be intensely attracted to each other - nor do either of them expect to have a rather strong mental bond that is forged by that attraction. As Vance looks for ways to bring Marcus down and as their relationship evolves, Ayan's powers spike - and not in a good way.
Between everything else that is happening, Ayan becomes vital to Marcus's continued existence. Will Vance be able to choose between the man he greatly dislikes - along with everything that man stands for - and the man whom he loves - maybe even more than life? Or will everything come crashing around them.
I found Afterthought to be funny, sad, poignant, action packed, and a bit of smart-assish in places. Ayan is as vulnerable as Vance is strong - at least in most situations - quiet to Vance's in-your-face cocky, and coming into himself the more he is around Vance. Vance, meanwhile, is street-smart with an, at times, in so what? kind of attitude that is calmed by Ayan and, the more time the two men spend in each others company, the more Vance builds Ayan's confidence on its hidden foundation. It was interesting reading that I find quite recommendable.
Book Blurb for Afterthought
Fantasy/Science Fiction/Molten Silver / M/M
Telepath Vance Gregory never thought that taking down high-powered underworld Path Marcus Rose would be easy. When his enemy proves to be a far more formidable danger than Vance anticipates, he has no choice but to join forces with Ayan, a beautiful low-level Path with mysterious connections to Marcus.
Captured by Vance's organization during a bungled ambush on Marcus, Ayan has no intention of helping them achieve their ends. But Vance isn't like anyone he's known, and given a glimpse of how life with him might be, Ayan agrees to Vance's plans. Neither of them expect the intense attraction, nor the explosive mental bond it forges. And when Ayan's powers begin to spike out of control, neither of them can face up to the dangers that threaten to tear them apart.
With Ayan at his side, Vance sets out to remove the threat Marcus poses to the Path community. But Marcus isn't that easy to kill, and when Ayan becomes vital to Marcus's continued existence, Vance has to choose between the enemy he hates or the man he loves. Contains graphic M/M sex, violence, and smart-ass telepaths behaving badly
Night Owl Reviews