Title: Forsaken (The Protectors #4)
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Release Date: August 18th 2016
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Abandoned. Abused. Betrayed.
Ex-cop Maverick “Mav” James needs only three things. His Harley, an open road and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can’t.
Family? They left him long before he left them.
Friends? A liability.
A place to call home? Doesn’t exist.
Mav’s motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn’t matter. No emotional connections. Simple.
Until he meets him.
Alone. Hiding. Broken.
At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that and eight years later, he’s well on his way to having the life he could once only dream of. He’s been accepted into medical school and he’s finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don’t share his blood, but are the only family he’s ever really known.
Only things aren’t what they seem and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences.
One final chance at a real future.
Guys like Eli just aren’t Mav’s type, period. Yet he can’t deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there’s something else in those eyes too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav’s learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he’ll offer.
Because anything else would just cost too much.
Sloane Kennedy’s books are crack, there’s no other explanation. The moment I finished this book, I was already craving the next one. Yes, the situations are still OTT, and yes, the MC’s behaviour is still morally and ethically questionable. I still don’t care!
This is the story of Mav and Eli. Plotwise, I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to spoil it. But as the story unfolds, you gradually realise that all your initial assumptions were wrong, and I have to say that it was very well done. Eli’s past is revealed piece by piece, which kept my interest unwavered, and at the same time the passion between him and Mav burns so hot and deep.
I loved the contrast between the characters, but what I loved the most is when the tables turned. In the beginning, Eli is scared and weak. Mav is strong, and Eli’s protector. But as the story goes, Eli was the brave one, because he faced his past and Mav’s harsh treatment, while Mav tried to run like a coward.
The steam in this book is unprecedented, and trust me, I ‘ve read a lot of sex. I mean it when I say that these sex scenes were among the hottest, if not the hottest I ‘ve ever read. Eli and Mav put porn stars to shame. Some of the sex scenes were endless, but believe me, you won’t feel the urge to skim.
I only have one complain: Mav’s behaviour got too muchat some point. I understand him, I really do. But the way he treated Eli was unnecessarily cruel, and it felt contrived. I get that he wanted to push him away, but he didn’t have to be such an asshole.
Bonus points for Baby! Best rottweiler there is!
The next book in the series will be MMM and I can’t wait. I know Sloane Kennedy knows how to do menage. But first, I’ll take the author’s advise, and read the Barretti Security series (which has been waiting in my kindle for ages) and is necessary in order to catch up with all the characters. There were already too many Barrettis in this one, and it made me wish I had read their books first.
Great addition to the series, and my personal favorite after Absolution.