Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Between the Secrets by S. Ferguson


{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Between the Secrets
Author: S. Ferguson @SarahFergWrites
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Release Date: March 16th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Rating: 4 stars

Between the Secrets, an all-new MM romance by S. Ferguson is available now!!

Sometimes the past won’t let you escape no matter how much your future wants you to.

Jake James lives in the shadows of his shame. The guilt for what he’s done, for what was done to him, has left him hollow and haunted.

Greg Bissen just wants Jake to let him in, having accepted who he is a long time ago, he is desperate to break through Jake’s defenses.

When danger and an agonizing loss threatens to tear them apart, will Jake let the burdens of his past crush him?

Or can love really conquer all, even if it’s hiding in between the secrets?

If have you read Something in Between, you’ve already met Jake and Greg, if you haven’t read it, it’s ok, you can most certainly read Between the Secrets as a standalone.  All the books in the In Between Series, can be read as a standalone, but eventually, in order to get caught up, you really should read the first book. This is Ms. Ferguson first m/m novel with Jake and Greg as your main characters.

I read Something in Between and was very curious about Jake and Greg.  They are extremely tight, I mean they are even roommates, but Greg, who is gay, has always had feelings for Jake. Jake is a hard character to love at first, if you read the first book in the series, you knew Jake’s past wasn’t a very good one.  Also, in the lifestyle that both Jake and Greg live, coming out is not something they can publicly announce, but the feelings are there.

After a come to Jesus moment for Jake, he opens up about his past to Greg.  Greg is the best thing to happen to Jake and they take their relationship to the next level, but things are amiss in the underworld.  A mysterious serial killer is on the loose, friends and foes are dropping like flies.

For this being Ms. Ferguson’s first attempt at writing m/m, she did not disappoint.  The writing is getting a little stronger, but I think I wanted a little more angst between the two main characters.  I also felt the storyline could have been a little longer with more a little more suspense.  I did have moments that my heart really hurt for Jake.  I felt Greg’s love for Jake from the very beginning.  The next book should be very interesting after reading that Epilogue, so I guess you may want to call it a cliffhanger.  Overall, I really enjoyed Between the Secrets and for those of you that enjoy m/m, I think you will also enjoy the journey with Jake and Greg.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

 

I hear a clatter, pulling me out of my own head, as Jake tries to yank the dusty cloth off the stove. That’s enough of that shit. I don’t know if the stove is still connected to the gas and I don’t feel like dying in a giant fireball tonight.

Marching up to Jake, I grab his shoulders and try to steer him toward the back door, but he isn’t having it. Spinning around, he puts us chest to chest. I swallow the sudden lump in my throat. Does he know? Of course he doesn’t.

The tension between us has been rising to a boiling point. Our chemistry is so much deeper than just friendship. Jake’s walls come down when he drinks, but I have never dared to hope for a moment like this.

“There isn’t any food,”Jake pouts, his baby face making him look like an adorable child—a child I want to smack and kiss, in no particular order. I’m tired too and ready to go home. But I know Jake won’t drop his hunt for food. We’ve been down this road before.

I sigh in defeat. “I’ll take you to Waffle House,”I whisper. I’ll push aside my tiredness for Jake. I would do almost anything for him. This moment feels intimate, being in the dark alone with him in my arms. It’s pretty much every dream I’ve ever had come true.

“Greg…”Jake’s voice trails off. I can just barely see in the dim light, but it looks like his eyes are focused on my lips.

“Fuck, don’t look at me like that.”It’s only a half-hearted protest. More of me wants this than not. And that’s the problem.

Jake doesn’t speak. He just leans forward and then, after a brief hesitation, pushes his lips to mine.

My entire body stiffens, afraid to move. God I hope this isn’t some drunken mistake on his part. My hands lock into their position resting on his shoulders. I’m so nervous I’ll spook him. I know his history, probably better than most. I don’t know if he realizes what he’s doing. I know I’m a bastard for not pushing him away, and despite all these thoughts, about ninety percent of the blood in my body is rushing south.

Jake ignores the fact that I’ve frozen on my feet. Slanting his head, his tongue teases my bottom lip, asking me to open up.

And I do. Oh my God, I do.

He wraps his arms around the back of my neck, pulling us even closer. I can feel I’m not the only one aroused by this, his erection pushing against mine through our dress pants. He moans when he feels my hard-on pushing back, and that’s all I need to thaw. I move my left hand up to the back of his head and take control of the kiss. I don’t even think about it; I lower my right hand to rub him through his pants. Despite the material between us, I can feel how hard he is. I feel the heat coming off of him. He moans long and low into my mouth, thrusting himself into my hand.

I curse as I manage to undo his button and fly with one hand, mentally high-fiving myself for the coordination, and reach past the layers of fabric to grip him. He’s just as big as I thought he would be. Smooth skin over something hard enough to hammer nails. I run my hand from his base to tip. I had already known from plenty of times in the men’s room together that he was uncut, but feeling it like this makes me want to do so many dangerous things to him. I wonder how he would feel about me nibbling on…

A sudden crash scares the shit out of us. I rip my mouth from Jake’s and we both turn our heads to our left at the same time.

Ron is standing in the doorway. Despite the shitty lighting, I can see his heaving chest. His eyes are wide and he’s holding his gun.

This is not good. This is so not fucking good.

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