Title: Feat of Clay (Men of London #4)
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary/Hurt/Healing/Comfort/Military/Law Enforcement
Page Count: 153
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.
Feat of Clay starts out in present time with former undercover police officer Tate Williams waking up if the throes of despair from a nightmare. He is comforted by his boyfriend Clay Mortimer, a SAS officer. Tate had been tortured for information while working undercover by a madman named Armerian and the physical and emotional scars are deep. Clay feels it is his duty and responsibility to help Tate in his recovery because of the strong love her feels for his boyfriend and childhood best friend. This book is the culmination of the many hurdles these men have to navigate to reach their HEA.
Feat of Clay is the 4th book in the Men of London series and I read this as a standalone. I was fine, but I think I would have gotten more out of the story had I read the other books since several of the characters from the first three books were included here.
I liked this story, but there were a few flaws to keep me from being able to say I loved this story.
All of the back story about Tate and Clay’s relationship was talked about but not shown. I would have loved to see these two come together after Tate’s ordeal. They were childhood best friends and became lovers after Tate was released from the hospital. I live for the friends-to-lovers troupe and was let down that we didn’t get to see it. We also didn’t get to see Tate’s eventual trust he placed in Clay with their sexual relationship. Now that is one of my absolute favorites! But it is mentioned, not shown.
The sex here was hot and plentiful and the love evident but the plot left a lot to be desired. There was a lot of Tate volunteering with sexually abused kids, his ongoing therapy sessions with and without Clay present and a rather weak side plot of someone threatening Clay’s life through his work with the SAS.
This could have been a lot more than it is. With such a great premise and fascinating characters, flashbacks or starting at the beginning would have made this a home run 5 star book for me. I am giving the book the benefit of the doubt by giving it 3.5 stars because I didn’t read the first books in the series, so I am only going to recommend this one to hard-core fans of the genre and those that have already read and enjoyed this series. All others, I suggest you read the first few books and decide from there how you want to proceed.