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Feat of Clay (Men of London) (Volume 4) Paperback – August 3, 2015
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In Feat of Clay we meet ex SAS soldier and now owner of his own private detective agency, Clay, and his lover Tate. Tate has recently left the police force after an undercover operation went horribly wrong, leaving him a shell of a man, suffering PTSD and unable to tell the complete truth of what happened to either Clay or his therapist. These two alpha males are shown at their most vulnerable as they struggle to work through Tate's issues and find the peace they need for their HEA.
Feat of Clay is a beautifully written, emotional love story with lots of twists and turns and hot alpha sex. I read it in one sitting and can't recommend it highly enough.
Tate though knows he needs to get better and he starts taking steps to make it happen. He tells Clay he needs to back off a bit, to let Tate be the man he was before. He finally opens up and tells Clay his darkest secret and finds Clay loves him no matter what.
I really like the kids at the shelter and I'm hoping Jax gets a story! This was well written, great storyline. Two strong men making their way after a trauma and tragedy which could have destroyed them. Kudos to seeing Draven and Taylor, Eddie and Gideon, Leslie and Oliver. This is a great series and I just love it!!!
It's a bit of a difficult book to review without Spoiling it, but it involves a tough guy with a secret that he thinks he can't share with his equally tough guy lover, and as a result, it's tearing him up inside - and tearing them apart. I'd already liked Clay from being introduced to him as Draven's Boss in SAS and suspected that he was in a relationship where he seemed to be the one offering strength and support, so I was intrigued about how his tale - about a solidly established couple - would play out. From the blurb, it's clear that they'd met, became friends, loved silently and then not so silently, and were now clearly together, so how much more could there be to tell? Well, a lot more, as it turns out.
I understood Tate's shame and fear about revealing his...dark past, and I *felt* Clay's unconditional love when the truth came out. I loved his emotional and physical strength that Tate needed and drew strength from, but I also loved that he admitted his feelings and fears, and that we saw his vulnerable side. I loved that their relationship was equal, sexually, with both guys willing to give and take, and that Tate's demons seemed not quite so scary when he lost himself in his lover. When they fought - which happened more than once in this tale, with good reason - I felt both Tate's and Clay's hurt, though at times I did want to smack Tate for being so blind. Feelings galore run through this book, some voiced, some silent but visible through actions, some well-intentioned, but perhaps not always thought through, but all strong and lasting. Whilst it's a given that the leads get back on track with living their HEA, I have to admit that I wanted that tiny bit more to seal them together, which didn't quite happen in this tale...but I'm hopeful that I'll get to see the icing on their cake at some point.
There are a few glimpses of the MoL leads from previous tales in the series, and it's nice to see that they're all living their HEAs, but I confess to a slight disappointment that I've not seen a wedding yet, which I sort of (nicely) whined to SMN about...I know that we'll definitely see one at some point, but perhaps not in the next book (featuring Leslie's boss Lenny/Laverne) that I've also been privileged to beta. In fact, I wonder if SMN might spoil us and give us more than one wedding in the future...I live in hope, after all, weddings seem to spawn more weddings, don't they?
Oh, on a final note, watch out for a certain...prickly person in this book, who I know will be the lead in book 7 of the MoL series. A standout character, initially seemingly for the wrong reasons, but then when you learn about him, for the right reasons. And yes, we'll see more of Tate and Clay in his tale. Dear SMC - this is where the cake and icing I mentioned above could fit in nicely...literally and figuratively...hint, hint!
Disclaimer - as mentioned, I'm lucky enough to be a beta for the talented SMN; no payment was offered or requested for this review, the words of which are entirely my own.
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Book: Feat of Clay
Series: Men of London Bk #4
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance...Read more
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