Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blood and Tears

Title: Blood and Tears
Author:  Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-053-0
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Mystery, Sequel
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Gabe Vargas has lost everything that was important to him.  The only way he can get even some of it back is to continue to let everyone believe he’s dead.  He also has to trust FBI Agent Drew Bradley - the man who’s already failed him once. 

Blood and Tears is Mr. Stone’s sequel to In the Flesh and Flesh and Blood.  I would strongly suggest that readers begin with the previous books before starting this book as Gabe has a rich history that comes out during the first two books and plays an important part in this story.  Drew was also previously introduced to readers and already has strong ties with Gabe.  Drew and Gabe are complete opposites.  Drew is a straight laced Fed while Gabe is barely in his twenties, unsure of where his life is going and bi-sexual.  Their relationship is full of conflict, due to their past connection, which I must admit I had forgotten about and wondered how long it would be before they would be able to put it behind them, as well as Drew’s upbringing and career, neither of which are gay friendly.  The wide range of emotions they experience is understandable; even Drew’s reaction to their first encounter will be believable to the reader. 

Blood and Tears is not just about the men’s growing feelings for each other.  There is also the mystery of who is trying to kill Gabe.  Mr. Stone keeps the mystery moving at a fast pace with the many twists and turns.  Readers will be glued to the story as they try to figure out who is after Gabe and I, for one, was surprised by the culprit as well as the reasoning behind the attacks. 

Blood and Tears is just as engaging as Mr. Stone’s other stories.  The characters and story grab hold of you from the beginning and don’t let go till the last page.


Ethan said...

Thank you very much for the nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed Gabe and Drew's journey.

lyne said...

this was a great story. i love the way you have such a strong connection between the characters. lyne