Title:Better Than Good
Series: Cade Creek, 6
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/M
Reviewer Name: Luna
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[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, HEA]
Harvey James was as bad-ass as they came. A former enforcer for biker gang, he now owns the Rusty Nail Bar and Grill. He has firm rules about the kind of people he allows into his bar. So, when several of members of his former gang show up, he’s wary. His apprehension turns to outrage when he’s offered a beaten down man in exchange for free drinks on the house. Knowing he needs to rescue the young man, he accepts the deal, starting a series of events that tests his strength and strips him of his fine-honed control. Because Joey Baker isn’t just a man to be bartered, he’s a man Harvey wants to keep.
The last year of Joey’s life has been pure hell. Kidnapped and held captive by a man that derives pleasure out of torturing others, he finds himself being traded for a round of drinks. Rendered unable to speak due to the abuse he has suffered, Joey has no way to protest or ask for help, so when it comes, Joey doesn’t trust the help that is offered, or the man that offers it.
When Harvey and Joey are faced with an impossible situation, finding common ground may prove to be harder than they thought. The lack of communication combined with the growing desire between them adds tension to an already dangerous situation. When the man that took Joey comes back for him, learning to trust each other may be the only way to save them both.
What to do when you see someone who is obviously being abused? Well if you are Harvey you rescue them. Doesn’t matter if you are attracted to the little twink you just do what is right. And that is how Joey comes into Harvey’s life in Better Than Good by Stormy Glenn. Joey has been battered and bruised. He no longer believes in the goodness of mankind. He doesn’t trust that Harvey only wants to help. Everyone has an angle he just needs to figure out Harvey’s. Ms. Glenn does another wonderful job with the sixth installment of her Cade Creek series. I really enjoyed Harvey. He was unexpected in appearance but has a strong core of goodness and honor. He wants to move forward into a life that is less violent but that doesn’t matter when he sees someone who needs help. It doesn’t matter that he is attracted, in fact that just makes a future more difficult (remember that strong core of right and wrong). Ms. Glenn doesn’t make it easy for Harvey and Joey to have their happily ever after. Joey is battered but not broken, however he is bitter and distrustful. Working toward a future with his savior isn’t as easy as he would have thought. He not only has to fight his demons but Harvey’s honor. I thought this story was well written and thought out. It felt real and believable. I am enjoying the series and looking forward to more from Ms. Glenn and the series.
Four Twinkling Stars