Blurb:“I would wait a lifetime for this.”
“You don’t have to wait anymore. I want you.”
Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family. Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost. But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster Mark is?
After years of homeschooling, Griffith wants nothing more than to finally spread his wings at university. Secretly, he dreams of meeting a man he can fall madly in love with. A man he would have all the firsts with. But it’s hard to trust anyone after witnessing his sister’s heartbreak. When Mark moves in next door, Griffith reaches out despite his sister’s warnings. Mark is mysterious, experienced, cocky, and just oh-so-dreamy. Alternating between hot and cold, Mark’s presence sends Griffith into a frenzy of passion like he’s never known before. So hot in fact, it might just burn him if he isn’t careful.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS:Themes: mafia, organized crime, family ties, secrets, innocence, British setting, dance, homophobia, in the closet, coming out, coming of ageGenre: M/M romance
Our Mark is finally all grown up and being laid low by love. After the injury that lost him his eye, Mark decides he wants more from life. Deciding to go to Bristol, UK to see if things could be worked out with Charlotte, he finds, instead, a less than warm welcome. He also finds that her brother makes Mark's heart beat faster than Charlotte ever did.
I've been looking forward to Mark's story for what seems like ages. He's young, but he had to grow up so fast. He's experienced in way more than just sex, but he's rather new at the love thing, so Mark doesn't always think things through. It was fun watching him navigate those waters and even a little funny when I could see Dom's influence in Mark's actions. Mark is determined to be his own man, though, and I'm pretty damn proud of him.
Griffith Elswood is the younger brother of Charlotte, who was introduced in Guns n' Boys: Bloodbath. Griffith is not quite 18 when the book starts, and is rather reserved. and has been over-sheltered since his sister returned from Columbia 3 years ago. Griff has spirit, though, and he's eager to make his own way. He tries to do what is expected of him and follow his parents wishes, but his real passion is dancing. He's beautiful, graceful, innocent, and full of life and that attracts Mark like a moth to a flame.
"I am your shadow. Always there, always yours."
I so enjoyed this story! I loved the push and pull between Griff and Mark. I loved the sensual spark between them. I even loved the conflict between Mark and Charlotte - I don't blame her for being angry and not trusting Mark. She went through so much and was left to deal with the aftermath on her own. She couldn't get proper counselling, either, because she couldn't talk about what really happened, so her anger was not only understandable, but completely on point. Mark was often a bit surprising now that he's on his own, too. He really wants to take a different path from Dom & Seth. He wants a somewhat normal life. He has a lot to prove in many ways, but I think he'll do just fine.
Those "post-credits", though -- what the hell are we in for in book 9?!
ARC of Guns n' Boys: A Breath of Innocence was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.
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