Monday, May 7, 2018

Hard Line by Sidney Bell

Title: Hard Line
Series: Woodbury Boys, 2
Author: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 480
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Premed student Tobias Benton is making amends for his past. He keeps his head down, mouth shut and colors within the lines. But when his close friend Ghost goes missing, Tobias will do whatever it takes to get answers—including using blackmail to enlist some help. The last thing he’s looking for is romance.

Private investigator Sullivan Tate isn’t above a little breaking and entering to solve a case, but when Tobias catches him in the act, it’s almost game over. Their uneasy alliance only gets more complicated when Sullivan learns that Tobias shares his interest in kink. Mixing sex and work could kill Sullivan’s career, but Tobias’s acceptance of Sullivan’s darkest urges is nearly impossible to resist.

Side by side, Tobias and Sullivan spend their days searching for the truth and their nights fulfilling their respective fantasies. But the answers they seek are far more dangerous than they realize, and soon they find themselves fighting for more than just each other.

Hard Line is the second book in the Woodbury Boys series by author Sidney Bell.  This is written in parts.
The first part is about the early childhood and establishing Tobias’s state of mind. In his late teens, he had a breakdown and was committed for a while. He has felt his family doesn’t understand him. He feels pressured to be what they want not what he wants out of himself.
When he gets his life semi together and is back in the real world. He still is living his parent’s dream for him. He is studying pre med, doing well on the outside a mess inside.
Ghost his friend he met when he was committed. Has always understood him.  The one-person Tobias feels safe with. When Ghost goes missing he will do what takes to find his friend.
Sullivan is a private investigator. He too is friends with Ghost. They meet while they are both looking for Ghost. What I liked is Sullivan is lighter to Tobias’ darkness.
Some notes I had on this story. This story deals with self-harm, mental instability, and violence. Just a prewarning there.
I did like this one. I like my stories with a little angst and edge. This one fits the bill.  I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future. I love the style of writing and vivid characters they bring to life in the books.

                                   Five Shooting Stars 

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