Catch A Ghost
by S.E. Jakes
(Hell Or High Water Book 1)
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he can cause. But his boss, Phil Butler of Extreme Escapes, LTD., has just assigned Proph not only a new partner but also a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he’s got to confront them both head on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still he's determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE, LTD’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, and even though the case is also resurrecting his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches, while fighting their own dangerous attraction. And when they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners are forced to trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
This reminded me so much of the Cut And Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. That was one of my favorite series, so I'm glad I was able to find something so similar yet unique. The two characters are tough men, amazing fighters, alpha males to the core. Neither of them takes orders very well, though Prophet is so allergic to authority he makes Tom seem almost angelic.
I love the character development in this story. Both main characters are very well written and I got to know them very well because of it. I love how complex they both were. There was never a time that I considered them flat or one-dimensional.
There were quite a few twists and turns in the story and it kept me on my toes the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen next. There was a lot of emotion and angst, so it ended up being a moody read. I absolutely love a story with a lot of angst.
Prophet was a great character and not the asshole I thought he would be after reading the first chapter or two. He has his issues, of course, but he is also caring and vulnerable under all the tough guy stuff. There was a lot to love about Prophet.
Tom was hot. Every little quirk or 'flaw' only added to his hotness. I went into this prepared to love Prophet, but Tom really took first place in this story. I love a bad boy character.
The writing style was bold and to the point, without a lot of fluffy shit thrown in. I'm glad the author didn't try to make this too sweet or tame, because then I wouldn't have thought the characters were believable. As it is, they were amazing and realistic.
**Mild spoiler ahead**
This is not an all-in-one romance. Don't go into this expecting a HEA at the end, or you'll be disappointed!