A new and unexpected love... An ex with revenge on his mind...Ben’s not in any hurry to fall in love. Sure…he misses the passion and the sweet caress of someone special in his life, but after freeing himself from his last mistake of a boyfriend, it’s time to reevaluate his choices. Until a gorgeous, fascinating guy slips into the seat beside him at a mutual friend’s wedding…then all thoughts of going slow vanish.
Adrian keeps the men in his life at arm’s length…it’s safer for everyone. Casual hookups without emotional entanglements are his specialty, and the guy sitting next to him looks to be perfect for the job. But as the evening progresses, a hot, steady flame of desire flares within him, and Adrian has to tamp down the sparks. Because Ben has the potential to become something different…something more.
When old secrets are revealed, Adrian and Ben must come together to heal past wounds, and that includes dealing with a dangerous ex who won’t take no for an answer. When threats to their personal and professional lives escalate into violence, they will have no choice but to take action to protect their newfound love.
3.75 out of 5 stars
He’s Mine by Claire Thompson is a contemporary gay romance that centers around Benjamin (Ben) Samuel Richman and Adrian Charles Taylor. Ben has escaped an abusive relationship and Adrian is still dealing with his own horrific past but somehow they form a connection that intensifies with every passing day. Then the past comes back to haunt them.
This is a story that contrasts the euphoria of a mutual attraction with the nightmare of coping with obsession and violence as well as the challenge of atonement for one’s past mistakes. Those who are concerned with such things should be aware that there are three points of view presented, and those with triggers should use caution if bothered by a bit of violence or the tragic results of driving under the influence. I like the full circle nature of the story and the heat between the two main characters, but wasn’t quite sure I made a connection with either of them. I think that things were a bit compressed, especially with respect to Ben’s family, so some of the following events didn’t quite feel believable to me, but the overall story is entertaining and heartwarming and I look forward to more tales from this prolific author.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review