Title: Zac’s Mulligan (Guarding the Gods #1)
Author: Ann Lister
Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Genre(s): Rock Star/Ex Military
Page Count: 379 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha Wilson
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Zac Mulligan is a former Marine now providing personal security for the infamous rock band, Black Ice. Seeing all the guys around him in committed relationships reminds him of his childhood best friend . . . the only person Zac has never managed to get out of his head or his heart.
Ben Holland is an artist. Falling deeply in love with his best friend in his teens, Ben is left alone when Zac leaves him for the military. Ben heads off to college and lives his life “out and proud” as a gay man and creates a brand name for himself with his artwork. Throughout all the years that pass, Ben never forgets his childhood friend, Zac, or the feelings they once shared.
Zac realizes a decade is too long for Ben not to have a presence in his life and finds Ben living on Cape Cod where they spent their summers as kids. Meeting each other as adults stirs up a lot of memories for both of them.
Zac is looking for a mulligan, a “do over,” with his childhood best friend. The question is: Can Ben find a way to put aside his old hurts and fully open his heart to Zac for a second time? Or maybe the past is something better left buried on the beach where it all began.
Zac is a former marine who is now security for two of the hottest bands on tour, Black Ice and Ivory Tower. Over the course of working with these men Zac has become close to them, especially Lincoln and Aaron. After relieving an injury to his hand protecting two of his wards, he took time off and headed home to heal and do his physical therapy. For a while now he has not been able to get Ben off of his mind and feels the need to finally get closure on their past together and find a way to move forward in his life.
Ben is a graphic artist that makes his living being self employed. After Zac walked out of his life at the age of 18, Ben had a hard time letting go of and forgetting the one person he loved most in the world.
Once Zac steps back into Ben’s life both men have to deal with the pain and heartache they both felt when Zac left for the marines without saying goodbye. Not only did he leave but it has been ten years since they last seen each other and a lot has happened in their lives both good and bad.
These two men have to decide if what they had as teenagers was real. If it was real can they both get over all the pain, deception, heartache, and loneliness they both felt without each other. Zac and Ben are in for a long road with one another and each has secrets that the other dos not know about. They will have to learn to forgive each other before they are able to love one another and trust each other completely. But fate may intervene before they are able to reach this point.
I personally found this book be as amazing as the previous books I have read by Ann Lister. Ann is an amazing author who is able to make her readers feel all of the emotions that each of her characters are going through. This book was no different. It had my heart beating fast when the characters first seen each other again. It had me crying with the characters through their heart break. It also had me cheering them on when they realized they still had feelings for one another.
If you want an incredible read, this book is it. I loved every twist and turn and I would definitely give this book a five star rating.