Title: Broken Oaths
Authors: V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne
Genre: Gay romance, adventure, M/M romance, contemporary
Betrayed by his peers and slandered as a traitor, Commander Thierry Donovan has nothing left. Locked away and targeted by the very men responsible for his incarceration, Thierry defies the odds and fights for the fundamental right to survive the hell-hole of his imprisonment. With no one to trust, Thierry finds solace in the last place he imagines…The church is Ryan Flynn’s sanctuary. He craves the solitude and peace he finds in the hallowed halls. His oath to serve God is a calling Ryan has hidden behind all of his adult life; until his past catches up with him in the form of his foster brother, Special Agent Orrin Hunt…Submerging himself within a world of danger, violence and corruption is the only way Orrin can cope with life. Rejected and tormented by the bitter remorse of unrequited love, Orrin is oblivious to the beauty of what life can offer him. If he’d only open his eyes, and maybe his heart….
Jaydan Callahan’s life is a wreck. Gangs, drugs and violence are a part of his normal day to day routine. For one so young, he’s seen it, been there, done it and gotten more than enough tee shirts as proof. Capable of smelling a cop from a mile away, it comes as no surprise to Jay when the guy he has the hots for is actually working undercover to bring down the town’s notoriously dangerous king pin.Four men, four lives, each one of them stained by lies, corruption and doubt. Can love show them the path to redemption, or will broken oaths, fear and grief make the crosses they bear too heavy a mantle to carry. Love is Love.
“We have to go. Santiago double crossed us. It’s not safe to leave you here, and I sure as shit ain't leaving you behind. I’m sorry about Sylvie, I loved her. You know I did, but I need you to hang on, just a little longer. Shit's going to get real pretty quick, and I need you alert to what’s going on around you, ok?” Orrin asked as he held Jay against his chest.
“I’m on it, pops,” Jay whispered. The fact he was still managing to rib Orrin over his age regardless of the fact he’d just lost his mother said a lot. Jay was so much stronger than Orrin gave him credit for; because he’d had to be. Most of his life had been spent robbing Peter to pay Paul, doing whatever it took to make sure he and Sylvie survived and kept a roof over their heads. Regardless of the fact most of it was gained illegally, Orrin admired the sheer determination in Jay. The kid never buckled, never walked away from the fight or took the easy way out. He never ran from what he wanted. Thank God. Cocking a brow, Orrin smirked.
“Always there with the smart mouth aren't ya, boy? Best quit that shit, or I’ll be popping something of yours. Literally,” Orrin quipped and squeezed the kid against him one last time when confronted with a soft pained smile and glassy tear filled eyes. He just couldn't stop the involuntary response. It took a matter of seconds, three to be exact before Jay composed himself enough to pull the gun from the back of his pants and check the safety was on.
“Ready when you are, old man. And just for the record, it’ll be me doing the popping.” Jay winked, pulled on Orrin’s leather jacket and grabbed the helmet Orrin offered him.
“We’ll take one of the other bikes. They’re quicker, easier to maneuver if the traffic gets bad or we need to make a quick escape. Duchney, I want you with me. The Commander took your car, so someone get a trace on it if you haven’t already and patch it through to me ASAP.” Pushing Jay ahead of him Orrin strode for the door.
“Get this place locked down, check everything for bugs and tracking devices and then follow the coordinates. I’ll meet you en route. The Commander no doubt has a plan and thinks he can go play at being the hero. We've put too much into this case, lost too much only to have everything screwed up by Captain fucking America. I don’t care how good he is.”
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I usually shy away from books where there are angels or priests involved for the obvious reason I am Catholic and books written about the Church can sometimes mislead or just be filled with false information. That said, I was intrigued by the premise of a priest breaking his vow for the sake of love. Why? Simply put, I've seen this happen thousands of times, maybe more and some involve people I know personally. Some get involved in a heterosexual relationship while others, yes, go the homosexual way. There is one thing common in all of them, though. Once a priest. Always a priest. Whether they decide to leave or to turn their backs on a relationship, their love for God is always there. In the case of Father Ryan Flynn, well, this is an MM romance so you have your answer.
The second reason why I got intrigued with this story is because of Orrin. A foster brother to Ryan when they were younger, he loved the younger man because he was there to give him solace, comfort, support, you name it. Unfortunately, their relationship turned sour when Ryan chose to leave. The years of bitterness and regret ruined Orrin's perspective in life and religion but not his feelings for Ryan. Were the two young men really in love with each other? That is for you to find out.
This story is about Ryan and Orrin and how they moved on in life to find their partners in life amidst a security threat to the country. Ryan is called in to perform the Sacrament of Confession to inmate, former Commander Thierry Donovan. It seems Orrin's influence got Ryan the task. Thierry was key to an NCIS investigation and Ryan may be key to getting information the authorities are unable to.
Ryan finds himself strangely attracted to Thierry and his feelings are reciprocated but his feelings of loss and confusion got in the way of his happiness. All Ryan knows is Thierry's life is constantly at risk and he is the only body to get between danger and prisoner.
Orrin is trying his best to uncover the reason behind Thierry's imprisonment and goes undercover. While there, he meets a young man whose soul is older than what is normal and finds himself confused over his feelings. One, he is in his forties and Jay is nineteen. Is Jay just feeling the itch or is there something there that Orrin is missing. Orrin is confused when he meets Ryan face to face once more after all the years and old feelings come to the surface. In the sidelines, Thierry watches as Ryan vs Orrin happens while Jay is feeling insecure but determined to get his man.
The two interconnected stories happen simultaneously and unfolds quite slowly but for good reason. There is a whole lot of political and criminal intrigue so the book itself is quite lengthy. There were, however, a few things that did not work for me like the medical side of the story. I cannot spoil but for those who will be on the lookout, they were red flags. Fortunately, they were the only red flags that caught my attention and overall, this ended as an enjoyably intriguing read.
I do recommend this to those who love action-packed stories with a twist of MM romance.
Prize: 3 ebook copies of Broken Oaths
About the Authors
Laz and Lachi Publications is the combined writing team of J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon. The two met in 2010, fell hard and fast for each other and married in April 2014. They write both independently and together in the gay erotica and gay paranormal genres. They also have a couple of contemporary romance novels under their belt.
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