Wednesday, April 19, 2017

AotM ~ Freeing Zane by Sloane Kennedy ~ (Review+Giveaway)

Zane doesn’t do relationships and Connor is definitely the kind of guy who does…

Criminal defense attorney Zane Devereaux is on the verge of having everything he’s worked his entire life for. He’s on track to become his firm’s youngest managing partner and he has enough money in the bank to ensure he’ll never have to be at the mercy of anyone ever again. He’s left his past exactly where it belongs and refuses to look back. And he sure as hell isn’t going to risk a repeat of his former mistakes by letting someone as sweet, sexy and endearingly vulnerable as Connor Talbot into his life. His bed maybe, but not his life.

Connor Talbot has no regrets about serving his country, even if it did cost him more then he’d imagined. Two years after an IED took his leg and left him with permanent brain damage, Connor is still struggling to put his life back together, but he’s managed to find a makeshift family in Seattle that helps ease the pain of losing his own at a young age. Unfortunately, a string of bad relationships and an abusive ex have taken their toll on Connor and he’s given up on finding the lifelong partner he’d always envisioned he’d have. But a chance encounter with a man he has absolutely nothing in common with except for an intense, white-hot chemistry has him thinking that maybe a no strings, physical relationship is exactly what’s called for.

What begins as two men meeting each other’s needs between the sheets turns into something neither one was prepared for but the wounds of the past run deep and both men will have to decide if a future together will cost them too much or if what they could have together is worth fighting for.

5 Stars!!! 

A great end to the series...but with a few...future possibilities? I wonder...and will beg, plead and hint til there's more!

This is the 4th and final instalment in the BS series and can be read as a standalone, but, as other characters from previous books make the odd appearance, and as the epilogue is a catch-up of leads present and past, it's best to read the books in order.

It runs pretty true to the blurb, so I won't repeat any of that, but what the blurb doesn't convey are the emotions in this tale, the sexiness and the hot, seriously sexy scenes, the terrible things that Connor experienced and the losses that turned Zane into the closed-off person he came across as, and the feeling of warmth the tale ended with. I loved that Connor was able to say the L-word openly and without any expectation of hearing it back, and that he threw himself into the relationship, though Zane had already defined that it would never go beyond a few sexual encounters. I loved that both guys opened up to each other, but not in a sappy way, and that each found strength in each other, and that their relationship was equal in every way.

The epilogue is split into two, some 6 months after the start of their HEA and 8 years into their HEA, and for me, it was the icing on the cake. I'm lucky enough to be a beta reader for SK and had been begging her for at least one wedding, and boy, did she deliver.

This book ends the series beautifully, but I live in hope that like the BS series was a spin-off of the Escort series, there may be a spin-off of the BS series - and I can tell you that SK hasn't said no, though she likes to tease and hasn't quite said yes. And yes, I will continue to beg, hint and suggest, rest assured.

Disclaimer: I am lucky enough to be a beta-reader for SK, but no payment was requested or offered in return for this honest review, the words of which are entirely my own.

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  1. My favorite thing about Sloane Kennedy's books is I haven't read any of her books yet sorry! They do sounds fab and they are on my wishlist.

  2. My favorite thing about Sloane Kennedy's books are her characters. They are so real, strong and vulnerable. Bad boys with a heart of gold.

  3. Saving Ren is my favorite in the Barretti series. 😍

  4. I love the inter-connectedness of her series' and how even though her characters may be a little bent, they are never broken beyond repair. ☺

  5. i love how her heros are damaged

  6. I haven't read any of her books yet, but sounds like I could find several things to like about them.

  7. I haven't read any of her books yet. Her stories sounds like fun though.

  8. Sloane Kennedy is a new-to-me author :)

  9. I love that her men feel real.

  10. I love the hurt/comfort angle.

  11. Redeeming Rafe is the only one in the series as well as the only book of Sloane Kennedy's I've read so far. So I don't have any way to judge my favorite thing about her books yet.