Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors Series, #5
Release Date: 10/5/2016
Genre(s): M/M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 353 Pages
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
At thirty-four years old, ex-DEA agent Memphis Wheland has lived, loved and lost…everything. The ultimate betrayal by the man he gave everything to has left Memphis with no family, no career and a bone deep bitterness that refuses to release him from its icy grip. His work with an underground vigilante organization is the only light in his otherwise bleak existence. That and the occasional no-strings hookup with men whose only focus in that moment, and for as long as Memphis wants them, is him and only him. No clingy exes, no unrequited love, no relationship drama. Period.
Because Memphis has one rule that he won’t break for anyone or anything. He doesn’t share.
Now if only someone had told that to the young man who would come into his life in the most unexpected way…
With his entire life ahead of him, graduate student Brennan Devereaux wasn’t expecting it to change in the blink of an eye. But when a case of mistaken identity nearly costs Brennan his life, it isn’t just his future that’s about to change, but his past too. Because for years he’s been in love with a young man who only sees him as a friend and nothing more. And while he was content to love Tristan Barretti from afar, he hadn’t expected to be drawn to the mysterious stranger who saved his life and changed it with a simple promise.
I’m not letting you go.
They were words spoken in the heat of the moment as the darkness of death had threatened to claim him, but even as Brennan’s love for Tristan refuses to wane, his need for the intriguing Memphis Wheland continues to grow.
But any relationship with Memphis means he has to let go of the one thing in his life he’s always valued above everything else…
At nineteen, Tristan Barretti should have had the world at his feet. His musical gifts have garnered him prestige as well as admission to the famed Julliard School in New York and he has a family that most people would kill for. But the protective bubble his fathers have kept him in has burst and he’s discovered that life outside his unconditionally loving family isn’t as accepting of a kid born with HIV. A poor decision to find answers to questions better left unasked, along with the complications of living with his disease, have Tristan returning to Seattle and the solace of his family.
And to the young man he’s wanted from the time he was barely old enough to even understand what that meant.
But with an uncertain future that leaves him nothing to offer the gorgeous and successful Brennan Devereaux, Tristan knows the best he can hope for is to keep building on the friendship they’ve shared for years and not get his hopes up that Brennan will be the one man who sees him and not his disease.
Except all bets are off when danger follows him home…
Even though a physical relationship with Brennan was supposed to be just that, Memphis finds himself unable to refuse his young lover’s request to help put a stop to the threat against Tristan. Even knowing full well that Brennan’s heart lies with the man he claims is nothing more than a friend, Memphis accepts the challenge of ensuring Tristan’s safety.
But when the quiet music student stops being a “job” and starts being something much more, Memphis is torn between his growing feelings for both young men and the fear that he’ll be facing an even greater betrayal that he’ll never be able to come back from.
Except none of that matters when the threat that Memphis never saw coming puts Brennan and Tristan in the crosshairs.
And the cost of the vengeance he once craved suddenly comes at too high a price…
Review:“I am a huge fan of Sloane Kennedy, I love her work. This book is no different.
This book has a trigger warning so read cautiously. This is a M/M/M book and let me tell you so hot. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the fact that there was more than two. Lets just say three beautiful men…..enough said. I felt an array of my emotions while reading this book, happy, sad, anger, and heartbreak. You have Tristan that is a sweet, caring person. You have Memphis the ex DEA agent and alpha male and Brennan who is a longtime friend of Tristan. Brennan and Memphis meet because he saves him after being shot when returning Baby the rottweiler to Eli’s apartment.
Thristan has known Brennan for a while and he knows his life altering secret. You get the three of them when both Tristan and Brennan go to Memphis in order to keep him safe.
Sometimes I questioned who was older or more mature, and sometimes the youngness came out. It made them all balance each other. I wondered while reading if their would be conflict between the three men. Could they love each other equally, was one more important than the other of them, did one love one of the others more? Would there be any jealousy? Those are common things you would ask. I thought they were all great for each other. There was some drama when an ex showed up. There is a age difference in there but it wasn’t bad for me. The biggest being 19 year old Tristan to 34 year old Memphis. To me, I feel the like there is a solid foundation between the three, but I feel like one more than the other is the binding glue for them. You sometimes just can’t help who you fall in love. Love is love and sometimes it is, love is love is love in this case.
I liked this book, quite a bit, but, one thing to me stands out and I didn’t get it so fast. That was the bond and instant attraction between Tristan and Memphis. I get the attraction not the love. I feel the chemistry, lust and passion. I feel that by all them actually. Damn they were hot hot hot. My heart was breaking for Brennan. There is one part I really could have lived and been happy about not reading. I almost had to stop reading. All in all though I really liked it and recommend it for anyone that loves an alpha and M/M/M.
I liked how characters were brought in from other books and series. They mixed well. We get to read a bit about the next book at the end and I am for one looking forward to it. I do hope we still get to see past people in the future of the next Protectors book.”