Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by SE Jakes

17936957Title: Long Time Gone
Author: S.E. Jakes
Length: 270 Pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Heat Level: 5Scorching
Overall Rating: 4 Prophet-Loving hearts 😉

Synopsis: When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

Review: More Prophet and Tommy! These two together are explosive and S. E. Jakes does a great job at bringing them to life. They are hotter than hell together and I was so happy to finally get them back on my kindle – even if they tried to melt my screen.

I still adore Prophet, he’s quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite characters. I really enjoyed this story, but for some reason, I didn’t find it as gripping as the first one and I can’t quite pinpoint why. There was what’s coming to be known as classic Prophet humor – because he deflects everything with sarcasm (the whole alligator scene was a riot); there was also a little more romance in this one than the first; the boys trying to work on more of their problems as a couple, and coming to terms with feelings they’re hesitant to name. And whereas the last one ended with a cliffhanger of sorts, this one seemed more hopeful.

There are more things I’d love to discuss, but they are definite spoilers so I will have to make this one a short review to avoid them. Some of the secrets that came to light in this installment were intriguing though and it makes me all the more anxious to get my hands on the next one. I will say this, while I am a Prophet girl through and through, this one did make Tommy all that more endearing to me. It’s not that I didn’t like him, I do, I just saw more to him in this one and the beginning where he was writing letters to Prophet broke my heart a little.

Overall, it was pretty good, but for some reason it didn’t reach great for me as Catch a Ghost did.  Perhaps it was my first exposure to them, or there was just “more” in that one, I don’t know. It is what it is, but that doesn’t mean I’m not salivating at the next chance to read more from them though – far from it.

So, if you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it – especially if you’re a fan of the ever popular Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux.

Purchase Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon

Long Time Gone is the second book in the Hell or High Water series and should be read in order.

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