Leveled (Saints of Denver #0.5)
Book 0.5 in the new Saints of Denver series. For fans of this authors, this series is essentially a spin-off from the brilliant Marked Men series. This book however is the stepping stone between them, looking back into the past whilst moving forward into the future. It isn't essential that you read the Marked Men series, but to get every emotion poured into this novella I highly recommend you do.
Dominic Voss is struggling to come back from injuries that he sustained in the police force. Not only could those injuries effect his day to day life, they could also end his career as a cop and eradicate the only thing, apart from family, that is important to him. Being gay is something that has never been an issue for him. His family are supportive, as is his best friend Royal (Yes, a MM character) and the guys at work are aware. It doesn't affect the way he works and certainly doesn't define him as a person. What does define him is his need to be a hero, a protector. So when he is given the opportunity to see a much sought after PT, he jumps at the chance hoping this man can rebuild his body and therefore his life. Little does he know that he might be doing some rebuilding himself.
Orlando Frederick is an openly gay man, running a very successful physical therapy clinic and gym. However, one part of Lando is missing. It was lost many years ago when the man he wanted to spend his life with, walked out of the door and never came back. Losing Remy Archer so tragically cut him up; and the guilt at the part he may have played in the accident is the one thing he still struggles to get past. How can you love someone completely and want to keep it behind closed doors? It is a pain he still feels and the reason he is unwilling to open his heart again… Until an injured cop walks into his clinic. Keeping things professional will be tough, but keeping his heart protected will be even harder.
I loved this book. I'm a real fan of M/M romance, it is a real guilty pleasure of mine. So when I saw that Jay Crownover was going to give us Orlando’s story, I was seriously excited. The Marked Men series is a book series that I really loved, in fact Rule is one of my favourite reads EVER! To delve into the past and Orlando’s relationship with Remy, and how he like the Archer brothers moves forward is a real treat. Remy’s story was always the missing link for me, and the emotion I felt when we found out Remy’s secret and the implications it had on the relationship between Shaw, Rule and Rome, well it was almost palpable. To see the man he loved move forward with a guy as loving as Dom was great. The book answered lingering questions and kind of tied things up in a nice neat bow; Jay Crownover style. The relationship Orlando has with Rule, you can’t help but to tear up and was a real highlight of this read for me.
If M/M is something you haven’t ventured into as a reader, this is a great introduction. Jay Crownover hasn't made it all about sex, as some books of the genre tend to be. It is a much deeper story than that and is all about emotion. Yes there is sex, but it isn't over the top or thrown in unnecessarily.
A great connecting novella, and thankfully longer than normal novella length. It was great to close the door on old friends, whilst looking forward to meeting new. If you are a fan of the Archer boys, this is an absolute MUST READ!
Emma - 5 Crowns
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.
Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.