adult - 18+

Hard Evidence Anthology by L.M. Somerton, Cheryl Dragon and Elizabeth Hollows

Publisher: Pride Publishing
‘Secret’s Hold’ by L.M. Somerton
Hiding in plain sight is a risky business—in more ways than one.
Jamie is hiding from the past and sacrificing a lot to do so. After witnessing a murder, he’s on the run from powerful enemies. Taking a job at a rough leather bar, Spikes, is a way to survive off-grid.
Bubba is the bouncer at Spikes who takes a personal interest in protecting Jamie’s very cute behind, but when Jamie runs from the club in panic straight into the path of a van, there’s nothing Bubba can do.
Amnesia puts Jamie at risk, but his returning memories are even more dangerous. Desperate to protect his friends, he puts his life on the line for Bubba—the only person he can rely on to save his neck.
Reader advisory: This book contains a scene of attempted rape. There are also scenes involving abduction, violence, and the forcible administration of drugs.

‘Under His Protection’ by Cheryl Dragon
A cop protecting his witness… It’s all business until desire becomes stronger than rules or self-control.
Detective Matt Blackburn and addiction counselor Josh Braidshaw first crossed paths at the LGBTQ+ youth shelter where they both volunteered. There was mutual attraction and plenty of flirtation, but Josh’s relationship kept anything from happening beyond that.
The duo is again thrown together when Josh is attacked while witnessing a young boy from the shelter being kidnapped. Matt puts Josh under his personal protection and things heat up, now that both men are free. Josh wants his normal life back and Matt isn’t keen to lose his career by crossing a professional line, but their close quarters and the heat that simmers between them might cause them both to change their priorities.
Reader advisory: This book includes references to drug addiction, kidnapping and violence.

‘Ticket to Freedom’ by Elizabeth Hollows
When Calvin wishes for a knight in shining armor to save him from the criminals he works for, the last thing he expects is Felix.
Calvin Hughes works in a bar run by a criminal empire. He hates his life and desperately wants to escape, but he is afraid of reprisal if he does.
No one who stands up to the criminals walks away alive. It’s too risky. Who would do it?
Someone like Felix.
Felix crashes into Calvin’s life and immediately throws him into danger. Felix has done the unthinkable and stolen important information from the criminals. They want him dead and, after being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they want Calvin dead too.
It sounds like a disaster—but it might be everything Calvin’s ever wanted.
This anthology contains three stories from three strong authors. Each one brings a new world and characters to life in these stories. They are fast paced reads full of action and romance. These men must decide if they want to risk it all and follow their heart or miss out on what could be the best thing that could happen to them. Is love worth the risk?
Ticket To Freedom by Elizabeth Hollows brings readers Felix and Calvin’s adventure. When the chance for freedom drops in Calvin’s lap he must decide if he will take a chance for a different life. I enjoyed watching Felix and Calvin find their way. The two made a good couple and work well together. Seeing their relationship build made for a nice read.
Secret’s Hold by L.M. Somerton gives us Jamie and Bubba. I enjoyed their story. Jamie is hiding but soon the men he is hiding from find him and Bubba offers him his help. The two are good together and Bubba has some secrets of his own. When danger comes Bubba is more than ready to step up, but can he save Jamie before it is too late? I enjoyed watching their relationship take shape. Jamie learns not to take everything at face value as he spends time with Bubba.
Under his protection by Cheryl Dragon is Matt and Josh’s story. The two dance around their attraction for some time yet no matter how hard they try to fight it the attraction cannot be denied. The two work hard to keep things platonic and find the young man Josh wants to help. It was fun to see the secondary characters do their match making in this story. Matt and Josh are good together, but they need a little push to take the plunge.
Each of these stories had strong characters and an engaging plot. The authors did a good job of balancing the action and romance together. While I enjoyed these stories there was not a lot to make them stand out. They are well written and have good characters, but they did not make me want more. These are short and quick reads that will have you hoping for a happy ending for these men.
Number of stars out of 5 :3.5

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